Posted by: Michael King on July 16th, 2010The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
I think most of us can agree that we still aren’t quite championship contenders with the roster we have now. So who is the final piece we need to bring home the title? I’ve heard names like Shannon Brown and Matt Barnes thrown out there. I’ve also heard that the final piece is a solid big man. If so, is that big a PF, center or a combo of the two? Most of us, if not all would probably agree that the elusive final piece needs to be a tenacious defender. The Jazz have never really had a problem putting points on the board, but have never really been a good defensive team. Defense wins championships, not offense. Otherwise Golden State and Utah would have multiple championships under their belt already. Matt Barnes definitely is a tenacious defender, but don’t we already have several wings? I can see both sides. On one hand, yes it would probably create another logjam at the wing. On the other, Matt could simply play the 3 only, leaving Hayward to backup the 2 and AK to play behind Millsap. Either way, Jeremy Evans is likely going to be getting 5-10 minutes a game unless someone gets injured. Others don’t think Ronnie Price is a good backup to Deron. Personally I disagree with that one. I’m perfectly fine with him coming off the bench. As for the big, is Ante Tomic the answer? I’m not so sure. He reminds me of another Hassan Whiteside due to his size, or lack thereof. Plus Tomic doesn’t come over for at least another year or two. Fes just simply isn’t ready to be a backup in the NBA right now, and may never be. Though with Memo’s injury, he could get some extra playing time as long as he’s out. Hopefully if he does get more time on the court, it translates into serious improvement. The other option we have is to wait til next year when AK’s contract is up and resign him for less and use the leftover money for our missing piece. What are your thoughts?
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