Posted by: Dallan Forsyth on August 13th, 2012The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
I would like to start out by saying I was surprised at what I found by this. I thought that the bigs would be affected but I think if we go the way I have here then the wings are affected more then the big men.
With the current roster that we have right now not counting Raja or Murphy we have 13 people going to be fighting for playing time. I am counting Carrol even though he is not guaranteed he did Junior Jazz so I really see them bringing him and keeping him. Now we all know we have log jams in multiple positions so how do we solve this? Without trading anyone it is difficult.
At the PG position we have Mo Williams,Jamaal Tinsley and Earl Watson plus Randy Foye who will get minutes here. So if Mo gets 28 mins which is what he got last year that leaves us 20 minutes so if Foye gets 10 and Jamaal/Earl get 10 that is done. Pretty easy minus the fact if Earl is the man out he is going to be upset just like he was last year. He may be a good guy but he wants to play. To me either Jamaal or Earl need to be traded. Orlando needs a 2nd PG and I would take a future 2nd for either even if it is 5 years away.
At the SG position this is where the problems start. We have three people that fit this in Hayward,Burks,Foye. Foye is already getting 10 minutes so you only need to give him 5-8 more. So that is 40 minutes left for Hayward and Burks split that between the two cause Hayward can play the three.
At the SF position we have to give Millsap playing time because of the log jam at the 4/5 position. So he gets 10 minutes at the three. Marvin plays 30 minutes and that leaves 8 for Hayward at the three. So now we are taking minutes away from Hayward that he played last year. Hayward should be getting 35 minutes and the only way that happens is to take time away from Marvin or Burks. We have already seen what Corbin does so we know Burks will lose the minutes. So now because of the log jam at the bigs it affects the wings.
At the big men positions we know who we have. I am not going to put down positin cause they will be interchangeable sort of. We have Favors,Millsap,Kanter,Jefferson, and Evans. Evans is just not getting minutes in this scenario plain and simple. Favors deserves 35 minutes and Kanter needs 18 minutes to further his development. With Millsap all ready getting time at the SF he needs 20 more minutes. So that leaves 23 minutes for Al, unless you take say 3 minutes away from Paul and give them to Al and then they are an even 26/27 minutes a game. I do not see them accepting this because it is about a 8-10 min time cut a game in contract years. I could be wrong but history has proven it self over and over with players. They do not just happily give up time for the better of the team. Especially in a contract year.
So in short:
PG: Mo 28, Foye 10, Earl/Jamaal 10
SG: Hayward 27, Foye 10, Burks 11 mins
SF: Williams 30, Millsap 10, Gordy 8 mins
Bigs: Favors 35 mins, Al 27 mins, Paul 16 mins, Kanter 18 mins
So Burks gets screwed in this scenario. Evans,Carrol and one of the PG do not play. I do not know how to give Burks more minutes. Who do you take them from? From last year this is how Corbin has done things so this is my best guess to how he does it again. But I would not be surprised if Kanter gets screwed and Millsap and Jefferson get their minutes.
How do you all distribute the minutes?
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