Posted by: gardner on April 5th, 2012The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
There is a still a chance that we make the Playoffs, which I hope that we do. I would prefer playoff experience for our young kids than the 12th-14th pick. Anyways, disregarding the playoffs, here are some thoughts on how to make the team better next year:
1. Trade Big Al & Raja Bell for some 3-point shooting and wing depth. Some players that I would not mind seeing on our team are Dorrell Wright (36% 3PT) and Brandon Rush (44% 3PT). In additional to their shooting percentages, they are both great rebounders for their positions. To make the trade work, we’d have to involve a third team, perhaps Houston or Indy, which would mean that we would receive another piece or picks. (Obviously Big Al is worth more than these two role players; the salaries don’t match either, I’m just not sure who else I would want to show up in Utah to make the deal work).
2. Sign Ersan Ilyasova in free agency. He makes around 2.5 million this year, so he will be relatively affordable. He is a 6′10 Power Forward who shoots 40% from the three-point line and averages 8.2 rebounds a game. He would help to resolve some of our shooting woes and back up Millsap while Favors and Kanter handle the Center position.
3. Re-sign Jeremy Evans, if only because he’s Gordon Hayward’s best friend. He would be a nice and cheap insurance policy just in case one of our PF’s went down with an injury. Also, he can sit on the bench and draw nice pictures for the locker-room.
4. Draft either Damian Lillard or Kendall Marshall to try out at the Point Guard position. Marshall seems to me to be similar to John Stockton, in that he is not athletic, but he has excellent court vision. If he has the work ethic and grit, he can become a quality guard in the league. If we go with Lillard, we have an athletic scoring guard to run the point, which is always helpful in making opposing defenses honest.
With these changes made, our depth chart would be the following:
PG – Devin Harris / Earl Watson / *Potential Draftee (Tinsley’s contract expires at the end of the year)
SG – Alec Burks / Brandon Rush /
SF – Gordon Hayward / Dorrell Wright / *Potential Draftee
PF – Paul Millsap / Ersan Illyasova / Jeremy Evans
C – Derrick Favors / Enes Kanter / *Kyrylo Fesenko! (I wish!)
I love Big Al, he is the best low-post scorer in the league (yes I mean better than Bynum and Howard, who are good, but do not have the moves nor patience that Al has), but Favors is the future, and Big Al is a defensive liability: somehow he does not understand how to put his hands up when opposing guards are trying to take a jumper in front of him (Ridnour, Nash, etc.)
What are your thoughts?
Feel free to rebuke me if you must, but if you do, tell me what you would do instead. I do not actually see any of this happening, but this is what I would do. We get better defensively and we actually get proven shooters that will make us a more balanced team. Nevertheless, in KOC I trust!
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