Posted by: Nick Knows All on June 25th, 2012The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
…with apologies in advance for the length. I’m Trying to mix up the talk a little bit, here. The trading thing gets boring after a while. And let’s face it, none of us has any idea what Kevin O’Connor is going to do!
So, I thought we could have a discussion about minutes for our young players. Let’s just forget about Millsap, Jefferson, and Harris for the time being, and just think about our rookies and sophomores. Let’s also assume that Favors and Hayward will be starting, and getting anywhere from 30-40 minutes each. Again, don’t think too much about the veterans.
I’m talking about Alec Burkes, Enes Kanter, Demarre Carrol, and also Jeremy Evans. This is also assuming the Jazz picks up Carroll’s option (there are way more reasons to pick it up than not).
1. How many minutes should Burkes and Kanter get? Minimum-maximum?
2. How many minutes should Carroll and Evans get? Min-max?
It’s important to remember that the more minutes we get for these guys, the faster they’ll mature and become better basketball players. Now, we still want to be competitive, so how many minutes can we give them and still remain competitive?
All four players have the potential to be very solid role players at least. They have all showed glimpses of awesomeness.
I’d like to see at minimum 15 minutes for Burkes, and 12 minutes for Kanter each game. Anything less than that is unacceptable. Ideally, I’d like to see them both play 20 minutes a game, but no less than a full quarter of court time for each player.
If Burkes develops a better shot, and more consistent free throw shooting (he was one of the best ft shooter in the NCAA, so I don’t see any reason why this wouldn’t happen. Plus, the guy’s working with Hornacek.)
Kanter has outstanding, above average footwork for a big man, and just needs to work on his explosiveness. With that body, Kanter will be able to plow through defenses and shoot over their heads. But he’s also extremely young, so is a bit unpredictable. Court time and good athletic training will turn him into a beast.
I’d like to see Carroll and Evans both get around 10 minutes per game. Ideally, Carrol should get 15 minutes a game. Carroll’s defense is good enough that he should be getting 12 minutes a game. I see him as a defensive specialist, who is also incredibly fast and explosive. Kind of like a poor mans Kawhi Leonard mixed with Kenneth faried and a dash of Thabo Sefolosha.
Jeremy Evans deserves a minimum of 8 minutes on the court. Again, I think Evans would ideally get 10-12 minutes. He’s already a decent shot blocker, so if he could develop any other kind of defense he should get more time on the floor. I don’t think think there’s any Jazz fan who doubts the offensive power of Jeremy Evans.
I could see Evans getting starters minutes on some of the lower tier teams in the NBA. And, if we aren’t willing to give the kid at the very, very least 8 minutes a game, we need to let him go.
So, what say you Jazz Nation?
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