Posted by: Jazzaholic on January 4th, 2013The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
The last couple of years, I keep bantering the idea of Gordon Hayward playing point guard. For the last year, Alec Burks together with Gordon as a Co-Point Guard unit has been my delusion.
Most dismiss this as the mutterings of an old man, but let me give you my reasons.
1. Physically, 6′6″ and 6′8″ makes a tough match up problem for any team.
2. Defensively, they are big enough to switch on pick-n-roll/pick-n-pop. Long arms cover a lot of ground and make 3s harder to shoot.
3. The Jazz are short a starting point guard, with Mo getting operated on, and Earl not anywhere near where he has played in the past. Plus, they are on the team and playing right now. There’s no need for a trade.
4. Offensively, Burks is still having his problems, but still is light years ahead of Tinsley or Watson. Gordon has been really lighting it up the last few weeks.
5. Either one can bring the ball up and get the offense started, and already do so on occasion. When pressured, there are two point guards to get the ball up court.
6. They both penetrate and kick out to the 3 point line or finish the layup better.
So, how do you go about implementing it? Tinsley looks like the best option to start the game. Then, bring BOTH Gordon and Alec in at the same time for Tinsley and Foye. That way, they get to play against the bench point guard, giving them a better chance for success.
I’d be interested in your thoughts.
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