Posted by: Jazzdependency on December 11th, 2012The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
There has obviously been so much said on this site about Corbin’s idea of player development. Most of it is negative and many Jazz fans seem to think they know better how to develop players in the NBA. I’m not saying that I know better than anyone else, and I know that I know less than Corbin for sure.
My argument is this: Kanter and Favors are developing great, in fact, I believe they are developing faster and better than expected. Giving a player the green light and minutes is one way to develop them…it has its pros and cons of course. Players in that environment will definitely put up huge numbers, but will they win? will they learn team play? … I think that history has shown that more often than not they will become Monta Ellis types, scoring machines with bad shot selection and no concept of team play. Its easy to see how Big Al became such a me-first guy in Minnesota without a coach to hold him back, and how hard it has been to break him of it.
To prove my point, lets take a look at the 2010 and 2011 draft classes and see where they are now.
2010: 1. John Wall, 2.Evan Turner, 3. Derrick Favors, 4. Wesley Johnson, 5. Demarcus Cousins, 6. Ekpe Udoh, 7.Greg Monroe, 8. Al Faroug Aminu 9.Gordon Hayward, 10.Paul George, 11. Cole Aldrich 12.Xavier Henry, 13.Ed Davis…
…Practically every player on this list has gotten alot more minutes than Favors so far, and most of them more than Hayward. On draft night Derrick Favors was supposed to be the most undeveloped player on this list. Being objective, is there any player on this list that is better than Derrick Favors right now? I say no … Same with Hayward, he is hands down better than the other wings on this list, maybe not Turner…Paul George is pretty decent but he is already showing signs of bad development….just another flashy ball-hog on a struggling team.
2011: 1.Irving 2.Derrick Williams, 3. Kanter, 4. Tristan Thompson, 5. Jonas Valiancuanas? 6. Jan Vesley 7.Bismack 8. Brandon Knight, 9. Kemba Walker, 10. Jimmer 11. Klay Thompson 12. Alec Burks 13. Morris 14. the other Morris
…same story, Irving is a beast and would have been great no matter where he went …everyone else on this list, is not as developed as Enes Kanter, period. And once again, on draft night, Enes Kanter was the big question mark of this group, he was said to be the least NBA ready and least developed. At this point Klay Thompson is ahead of Burks, but time will tell on that one … 3 out of 4 so far.
So, looking at Kanter and Favors specifically, how is it possible that the two least NBA ready players in either lottery class, are now the two best players in that class?… and in such a short time? Isn’t it possible, and plausible, that their coaching staff had something to do with it?
You may not like Corbin still, but it’s obvious by looking at the names from these drafts that playing time and touches are not the only way to develop a player. Maybe the players that get everything they want from day one don’t work as hard as players like Favors and Kanter have…
I suppose time will tell, what are your thoughts on player development?
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