Posted by: Omar on March 11th, 2013The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
I have read some comments that suggest that Coach Sloan didn’t play young players like Corbin…..well there are a few stats that would actually counter that argument. For instance, from the year Jazz drafted Malone in 1985 until Deron Williams in 2005, the highest pick the Jazz had was a number 14th pick (Kris Humphries). So maybe Sloan NOT playing young players was because the majority of players selected were not lottery picks, and thereby, not high quality players. Yet despite this fact, there are still young players Sloan played that were non-lottery picks, but because they played basketball the right way—the Jerry Sloan way, they got minutes and Sloan played them. It’s hard to imagine Sloan would not love hard-nose high quality players like Kanter and Favors! Here are some facts….
Byron Russell (45th pick) averaged 16.7 minutes his rookie year.
Greg Ostertag (28th pick), a big, averaged 11.6 minutes in his rookie year and 23.6 minutes his 2nd year (on a championship team)
Shandon Anderson (54th pick) averaged 16.4 minutes in his rookie year and 19.5 minutes his 2nd year (both years on a championship team)
Jacque Vaughn (27th pick) averaged 9.3 minutes in his rookie year (championship year behind Hall of Fame PG) and 4.6 minutes his 2nd year (behind HOF PG)
Andrei Kirilenko (24th pick), a big, averaged 26.2 minutes in his rookie year and 27.7 minutes his 2nd year
DeShawn Stevenson (23rd pick) averaged 7.3 minutes in his rookie year and 16.9 minutes his 2nd year
Jarron Collins (48th pick), a big, averaged 20.6 minutes in his rookie year and 19.1 minutes his 2nd year
Aleksandar Pavlovic (19th pick) averaged 14.5 minutes in his rookie year and 13.3 minutes his 2nd year
Mo Williams (47th pick) averaged 13.5 minutes in his rookie year
Kris Humphries (14th pick), a big, averaged 13.0 minutes in his rookie year and 10.0 minutes his 2nd year
Deron Williams (3RD PICK) averaged 28.8 minutes in his rookie year and 36.9 minutes his 2nd year
CJ Miles (34th pick) averaged 8.8 minutes his rookie year and 10.1 minutes his 2nd year
Ronnie Brewer (14th pick) averaged 12.1 minutes his rookie year and 27.5 minutes his 2nd year
Paul Millsap (47th pick), a big, averaged 18.0 minutes his rookie year and 20.8 minutes his 2nd year
Kosta Koufos (23rd pick), a big, averaged 11.8 minutes his rookie year and 4.8 minutes his 2nd year
Eric Maynor (20th pick) averaged 14.0 minutes his rookie year (behind All-Star PG)
*Wesley Mathew (undrafted) averaged 24.7 minutes his rookie year, played in all 82 games (ZERO DNPs), started 48 games
Gordon Hayward (9th pick) first 3 games of the year averaged 20.3 minutes per game; November averaged 6.4 minutes per game; December averaged 14.4 minutes per game; 12.2 minutes per game in January; and prior to Sloan leaving 14 minutes per game.
Derrick Favors (3RD PICK) averaged 20.2 minutes per game his rookie year (behind non All-Stars Jefferson and Millsap) and averaged 21.3 minutes per game his 2nd year (ditto)—and in his 3rd year is averaging 22.6 minutes per game (ditto)
Enes Kanter (3RD PICK) averaged 13.2 minutes per game in his rookie year (behind non All-Star Al Jefferson) and is averaging 15.5 minutes in his 2nd year (behind non All-Star Al Jefferson)
Alec Burks (12th pick) averaged 15.9 minutes per game in his rookie year (behind CJ, Bell, Howard, Watson, Tinsley) and is averaging 18.3 (behind Foye, Watson, Tinsley, and Mo) minutes per game this year
So it maybe the case that Sloan “didn’t play young players” because they just were not good enough, but as far as the hard working players that played Sloan type basketball, they got minutes despite being young, and in some instances on a championship team. Yet, our current lottery picks, hard working and high quality players, on a non-championship team, on a non-playoff team, are getting minutes less than Jarron Collins?! LMAO!!! Really, guys and girls, really……lol.
I’m not suggest Sloan should return (I’d rather see him coach some kids in college that want to work hard and learn, and not in a league full of divas), but to suggest that what Corbin is doing is the protocol of Jazz coaching is just flat -out inaccurate. If you play hard you play, no matter if you are a rookie that was drafted or undrafted….on Coach Sloan team that is; on a Corbin team defense is optional and working hard is good if you want to do that kinda stuff.
In a must win game tonight against the Pistons at ESA, Corbin vet basketball might cut it against a bad team, but against playoff quality teams, especially on the road that type of basketball is not good enough! That’s why Jazz after All-Star break, against 6 teams with winning records, 4 on the road, the Jazz lost all 6 games. That was the trend before All-Star break, but because Jazz had a winning record overall and in the playoffs, a lot of people overlooked, ignored, or excused Corbin ineptitude. That trend is just continuing as the schedule got tough; the bad thing is, trade deadline has past, and the Lakers have usurped the Jazz. So either Corbin is gonna change or this could get very ugly in a hurry. @OKC, Grizzlies, NY, @Rockets, @Spurs, @Mavs……if trend continues Jazz might be 5 games out of the playoffs by next week.
I guess we will see…..
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