Posted by: Steven on July 30th, 2012The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
Regardless of whether Big Al stays or gets traded on I hope with all the new guys added to the roster that the coaching staff implement a new offensive game for this coming season. I think its clear to most Jazz fans that the offense last season was, although effective enough to carry us to the playoffs was also one dimensional and predictable. Taking the ball up the court and sending it to one big man resulted in a disjointed attacking effort of other players on the court. When teams knew what was coming they set their defense accordingly. Teams were happy enough to one man to shoot 18 times and score 19 points if the effectiveness of a couple within the rest of the team was shut down. We need a team that has attacking effectiveness all around the court. We seem to have players in every position that can shoot now, no more one trick ponys like Bell who was picked mostly for defense. However if the ball continually goes up to one man and stays there for too long that attacking threat of this new look Jazz may not be as effective as we would like.
It doesn’t matter how good our new players are at shooting the 3, if they don’t have the time to create space, set themselves or pass along the line the 3 will still continue to be a difficult shot to rely on. If defenses are able to continue crowding our other attacking players beyond the Big men we will have to continue to rely on those Bigs for the points. Thats fine against poor teams but against playoff type teams we will struggle in tight games.
This is got to be top priority of the coaching staff over the summer. The ball needs to come up the court through the point guard, through the wings and through the Bigs interchangeably. We know Hayward is good with the ball in his hands, we know Burks can move the ball quickly and penetrate defenses. We know our new players can shoot the 3. We have players throughout the team that can play multiple positions. The unpredictability of the starting 5 and their starting positions is not something the Jazz have had in a long time. Lets use that unpredictability.
We know Al and Milsap can shoot but they don’t have to be the first option of the 24 second play. That leads to predictability, predictability leads to stops. We need an attack playbook that is fluent and makes the most of all the assets that we have. If too much of the play starts and ends with the Bigs we will be our own worst enemy by nullifying our own other attacking options.
We also need to put an end to the deliberate tactic of fouling the opposition on the other end of the floor. Its really hard to win against good teams when good shooting players get to the line 10 plus times more than your good players do. I for one am sick of watching good players get 5 easy points more than their normal nightly average when they play the Jazz. Lets play smart defense, get in their faces, deny them space, but avoid contact as much as possible, but when there is contact make it deliberate, make it hard, disrupt the direction of the ball, disrupt the mindset of the attacking player.
If the Jazz are really to make the most of the assets that it has and be a team that develops and improves to become a Power team within the league it has to develop a new way of playing. This team has a lot of players that were drafted high, some perhaps too high but many of them are good effective players. Those players need a direction, a goal, a target and above all they need the coaching staff to step up. What was once good enough for previous Jazz teams probably won’t be effective in this new era of basketball.
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