Posted by: Jason Crannell on June 17th, 2011The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
If the Jazz in fact draft Brandon Knight, like most mock drafts are suggesting, what happens to Devin Harris? Do they keep Devin around for one season to mentor the young buck until he’s really ready to assume the starting job? Do they switch Harris over to shooting guard, and have him assume a “Jason Terry” type role backing Hayward up at the two-spot? Or perhaps, do they trade Harris to fill a hole at another position?
If I’m Harris, I’m a little anxious right now wondering what my future role, if any, will be with the Jazz. My own feeling on the matter is that I would like to see Harris and Knight play together before deciding on another course of action. Neither player is a “pure” point guard, and as a result, either could swing over and play some shooting guard. I think the combination of the two on the court at the same time could be lethal for opponents. They are both very quick, can penetrate the paint, shoot the ball, and pass. If you put them in the backcourt together, you could always play Hayward at small forward. I’m just wondering what you guys feel the best course of action might be. It’s entirely possible this scenario becomes a reality in less then a week.
We would probably win more games this coming season with a veteran like Harris starting, then we would with a rookie. But, if we draft Knight, it would become clear that he is our leader for the future. It could turn into another situation like what we have at power forward with Millsap and Favors. The present and the future. I’m all for depth. That’s how Dallas won the title. You can never be too deep, especially if you don’t have that one “star” player.
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