Posted by: Nathan on November 6th, 2012The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
I think we’re going to find as the year progresses that the best lineup the Jazz can put together with who they currently have is:
Mo Williams (PG), Gordon Hayward (SG), Paul Millsap (SF), Al Jefferson (PF), Derrick Favors (C)
Favors, Millsap, and Hayward bring a lot of defense. They’re also halfway decent at getting to the foul line and making their free-throws. Same goes for Mo Williams. Jefferson belongs because he is an offensive weapon, where Favors brings the defensive aspect of their front court. Millsap, Hayward, and Mo all have good perimeter shooting, and I think it’s going to improve as the season progresses. I could see everyone of those guys getting 35 mpg and I believe it would be totally justifiable. Particularly with Hayward and Favors being known long-term investments, or at least for another season after this one.
I think a good bench squad could consist of Tinsley/Foye/Burks/Williams/Kanter, or Tinsley/Burks/Carroll/Evans/Kanter, or Tinsley/Foye/Carroll/Evans/Kanter. There are combinations there that favor defense and one combination that would have moving the ball down the court fast with a lot of options that can penetrate and/or create shots for themselves.
I think once Corbin starts going back to his ‘big’ lineup, that is with Millsap, Jefferson, and Favors in the front court- the defensive end will improve and those other adjustments will be easier to make and justify.
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