Posted by: Kyle Goodman on February 23rd, 2011The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
Now that the Jazz have started trading, why stop? It turns out we have a problem at small forward. Andrei Kirilenko, a staple of this franchise, will be an unrestricted free agent when the season is over. To replace him, we’ve drafted Gordon Heyward. In my opinion, Heyward has been disappointing. I’ve watched him all season cower in the face of his matchups on defense, never go for a rebound, lack the toughness of AK, and just in general is not looking like a good replacement for AK, or a good draft pick in general.
Lets take a look at the stats to prove my point:
AK’s rookie year:
Heyward’s rookie year (so far):
Call me crazy but I think that Heyward’s numbers show he’s clearly not going to be anything AK will be.
I understand, he’s a rookie and he’s also never played forward before. But I also think that we’ve seen he’ll never be an adequate small forward in the league, so here’s a solution.
Trade Heyward for a late first round pick. Some team will take him and move him to shooting guard. But who do we move to small forward?
The answer lies in Paul Millsap. Millsap has clearly earned a starting job. He’s played great this year and is a player we can certainly rely on in the future. But now we have Derrick Favors, a rookie, who gives us what Big Al puts out now in a fraction of the minutes. He’s bigger then Millsap and only weighs a little less then Big Al. I suggest we let Millsap split time with Favors at power forward, seeing how Favors will play. If Favors has a big second half with the Jazz, trade Heyward and move Millsap to small forward. It could be more then adequate.
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