Posted by: Omar on July 9th, 2012The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
First off, Adam Morrison dominated Summer League sooooo….
Anyway, I have read a lot of post and comments talking about Jazz trading for Marshon Brooks….he went 0/10!! Zero%, so in his case does that negate the whole of last season for him??? Or are people just over-reacting to Summer League??
You cannot have it both ways: you cannot complain about Kanter looking green, inexperienced, missing rotations, etc. AND advocating for keeping Al or having Al average 34 minutes per game last year. Ya Knight looked comfortable and was picked later than Kanter in last year’s draft….but Knight averaged 32.3 minutes per game in 66 games, in his rookie season!!! How many did Kanter average, 13.2 in 66 games. Knight got 3x as many minutes as Kanter. Burks 15.9 in 59 games. Because of a lockout seaon, there was not regular in-season practice, so the only practice was playing time in games. And people want to keep Al another year; with Favors getting 30 minutes, Millsap signing extension, Kanter will average like 4 minutes per game. Kanter already commands a double-team. How many starting centers in the NBA command a double-team??? This panicked buyer’s remorse was the same talk going around New Jersey about Favors; then he got a legit shot in Utah and minutes, now hes practicing with team USA, and a possible max contract in the future. Relax.
Kanter’s double digit scoring games 2011-2012 REGULAR season:
Versus Clippers (W)
22 minutes; 4/7 FG; 2-2 FT; 5 rebounds, ZERO turnovers; 10 points
Versus @Mavs (L)
13 minutes; 5/8 FG; 2-2 FT; 7 rebounds; ZERO turnovers; 12 points
Versus Lakers (W)
17 minutes; 5/9 FG; 0-0 FT; 6 rebounds; 1 turnover; 10 points
Versus Heat (W)
16 minutes; 5/8 FG; 1-1 FT; 6 rebounds; ZERO turnovers; 11 points
Versus @Lakers (W)
23 minutes; 6/7 FG; 5-7 FT!; 8 rebounds; 1 turnover; 17 points
Versus @Portland (W)
17 minutes; 4/5 FG; 2-2 FT; 2 rebounds; 1 turnover; 10 points
Versus Portland (W)
34 minutes; 4/8 FG; 4-7 FT!; 10 rebounds; 1 turnover; 12 point
Of the 7 games, 5 were against playoff teams (@Portland was a must win), 1 game was against the NBA champions, 2 games were against the 1st or 2nd best center in the league.
P.S., Burks is good also. Quick side note, in the game the Jazz won against @Lakers, Burks’ stat line:
20 minutes; 7/10 FG; 1/1 3pt FG; 2-3 FT; ZERO turnovers; 17 points.
So if you are looking at ONE Summer League game to examine Kanter, and misperceive him as a center that cannot score and turns the ball over a lot, that is just not accurate at all. Kanter only had 3 games where he had more than 2 turnovers (out of 66 games and all 3 games were 3 turnovers). Kanter still has not had a training camp!! And even if you add 4 playoff games, Kanter has not even played a whole season of basketball, an 82 game season. Even if you include last preseason, the regular season, and the playoffs, and this year’s Summer League, Kanter still wouldn’t have played a whole NBA season!! (2 + 66 + 4 + 5 = 77). Have I mentioned he only averaged 13 minutes per game???!
66 GP (0 started); 13.2 minutes; 3.6 FG attempts; 49.6 FG%; 1.6 FT attempts; 4.2 rebounds; 0.8 turnovers; 4.6 points
2008-09 Roy Hibbert:
70 GP (41 started!!); 14.4 minutes; 6.0 FG attempts; 47.1 FG%; 2.1 FT attempts; 3.4 rebounds; 0.8 turnovers; 7.1 points
2011-12 Roy Hibbert (4 years later, 3 training camps later) Total of 297 games played:
65 started; 29.8 minutes; 10.3 FG attempts; 49.7 FG%; 3.7 FT attempts; 8.8 rebounds; 2.0 turnovers; 12.8 points
It has taken Hibbert 297 REGULAR season games to get a max contract. He averaged 2 turnovers per game last year and only 12.8 points, but because Hibbert controls the game and the paint, his value is a lot more than points and turnovers. Kanter will not lead the league in points, so if you are scrutinizing Kanter because he is not an elite scorer yet, you are looking for some other center….Hakeem Abdul Olajuwon, because that is the only center that is an elite scorer and paint dominator.
Dwight Howard for his career averages 3.1 turnovers. In his rookie year, starting all 82 games and averaging 32.6 minutes per game, he only averaged 12.0 point per game. Scoring and turnovers are not the be-all-end-all of being a franchise center, especially after, not even a full season of basketball!! And only averaging 13 minutes per game.
You cannot have it both ways: either we develop Kanter (TRADE AL) or everyone needs to stop complaining about him looking inexperienced……HE IS INEXPERIENCED!!! And haters are gonna hate on Burks, Burks plays his best when it counts, not in Summer League, so keep hating I guess.
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