Posted by: kevin on March 17th, 2011The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
One of the most important and difficult things the Jazz will have to deal with over the next couple of years is there wealth of front line players. It is a good problem to have but at the same time it will be hard for them to choose who to keep and who to possibly move. Right now this team is VERY top heavy and I personally love all of them. With Al Jefferson, Derek Favors, Paul Milsap and Jeremy Evans there now, and the possibility of Okur still coming back next year and Ante Tomic coming in a couple of years, the Jazz have no shortage of bigs. This is just what we wanted but how do you choose from a group like this, players who all play hard and have so much talent, just 3 or 4 rotation players? For those who think a team can go 4 deep with all stars at one position, that does not work. You realisticly can only have 3 big time bigs on a team and even with that, someone has to be willing to come off the bench. I believe it comes down to whether Paul Milsap would be willing to come of the bench again. Jefferson is the new face of the franchise and Favors will be an all star, the kid is only 19 and look how good he is now. It is unkown what kind of role Tomic will demand but I would imagine he would be fine with a bench role at least for a couple season’s. At this point in Okur’s career he is a bench player and will probably accept that. The other factor is money. Can you pay Milsap and Okur the kind of money they are getting to come off the bench? probably not. The hardest thing about of of this though is that they are all very likable playres and fan favorites, that is why it will be, I think, one of the most difficult things the Jazz have ever dealt with.
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