Posted by: Jimmy Bragg on August 6th, 2010The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
When I play basketball with friends or during pick-up games I tend to like playing defense more than I do shooting a three pointer or using my crossover to slash to the basket. That isn’t to say that I’m not a dead-eye shooter or that I make the other team look silly trying to stay in front of me. I always tell my wife that if it weren’t for my fat …and my lack of athleticism …and my poor work ethic …and my stubby thumb …and my shoulder’s clicking sound …and my blatant disregard for punctuality …and my non-existent social skills…and my complete lack of talent…I would have been the next Pistol Pete!
The additions of Big Al and Raja “rings the” Bell have given me new hope for a good defensive Utah Jazz team. My main purpose for this post is really just to get y’all excited about a line-up. The particular line-up that I am excited to see on the court this year:
PG – Deron Williams
SG – Raja Bell
SF – Andre Kirilenko
PF – Paul Millsap
C – Al Jefferson
THIS is the defensive team that we as fans have been screaming for the last half-decade. I know that there are holes in our defense, but really, there will always be holes in our defense. We just have to find a way to make the holes smaller. (Sorry about all the “holes” talk.)
Deron lets smaller/quicker guards by him. However, EVERY guard in the NBA lets smaller/quicker guards by them. Raja is old, but he is one of the most tenacious players in the league and he is willing to let it all out on the court (see Matt Harpring). Andre is Andre; he is awesome off the ball and CAN be awesome on the ball. Paul is a stellar defender and is capable of moving his feet in the post. Al is still a mystery, BUT we do know that he is taller than 6’8”…so…we have that going for us.
I am excited for the new look Jazz. I am also especially excited that we don’t have to rely on Gordon Hayward to block shots in the paint!
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