Posted by: Nick Knows All on January 22nd, 2013The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
I’ve been very upset about the Jazz point guard situation since Deron Williams was shipped out. I feel like the front office has really blown it these last 3 seasons when it comes to drafting or trading for point guards. Instead, they’ve concentrated exclusive on shoring up the small forward and shooting guard position, which, to be fair, we very much needed an upgrade at.
However, I feel that the Jazz should have displayed more confidence in their young guys, and played Gordon Hayward and Demarre Carroll at the small forward position exclusively. Marvin Williams has been a disaster, through no real fault of his own. Marvin is full of upside, and we’ve seen flashes of brilliant play from him this season, but Corbin has no idea how to emphasize his player’s strengths and minimize their weaknesses (Fire Corbin). Marvin has been pretty much a non factor in Utah.
Then all they would have needed to do was bring in Randy Foye to be the starting shooting guard (which is questionable, but definitely a major improvement over any shooting guard we’ve had in years) and have Alec Burks come off the bench at the 2.
I really feel that if the Jazz had done that, and stuck with a smaller rotation, we could have had a better season thus far, by concentrating fully on the development of Kanter, favors, Hayward, and Burks, and not worry about desperately trying to find minutes for our three small forwards by removing one of them from the equation (Marvin Williams).
The Jazz were high on Lillard, and should have done anything in their power to get him. This includes trading future first round picks, and even our teams most all around best player (Hayward aside) in Paul Millsap. Portland traded Gerald Wallace to the Nets to get the 6th pick in last years draft. Brooklyn would’ve been ecstatic to trade the pick for Paul Millsap. Millsap > Kris Humprhies + Gerald Wallace. I bet they even offered us that trade, but KOC balked.
The 2012 draft was one of the deepest, best drafts of the last decade, and we could have relatively easily traded for the 6th overall pick, Instead, the Jazz couldn’t even manage to get a lottery pick, or even a top 20 pick. We wound up getting almost the 50th pick (47), for a guy who is performing “okay” in the D-league. That is disgraceful, and Kevin O Connor took a major hit to my level of respect for him, and around the rest of the league as well. I fully believe that this is the main reason why we brought in Dennis Lindsey.
At this point, I believe our best options for point guard of the future are either Kemba Walker (Bobcats) or John Wall (wizards). Would I take them over CP3, Kyrie Irving, Damien Lillard, or Jrue Holliday? No. Would I take them over Mo Williams, Earl Watson, and Jamaal Tinsley? Yes.
I’m sure the asking price for Walker and Wall is pretty high, as for once the Bobcats and Wizards are not THE worst team in the NBA right now (thanks Cavs, who we barely beat by 10). But any competent general manager could make a trade happen, if it meant bringing on a third team.
The draft class of point guards this year is garbage. None of them would be lottery picks in a decent draft.
18 ppg, 5.7 apg, 3.4 rpg, 2 spg, 2 to (this is amazing for a starting point guard), on 43% fg, 35% 3p, 78% ft
14 ppg, 6.7 apg, 2.7 rpg, 1.2 spg, 3.2 to, 40% fg, 22% 3p, 81% ft
Kemba Walker is definitely a far superior player. John Wall is a bad shooter, and hasn’t made a single 3 pointer all season (though he’s only played 6 games). Wall is pretty good, but definitely not #1 pick worthy. I think we should make a trade for Kemba Walker, and give up whatever we have to to get him (with the exception of Favors, Kanter, and Hayward).
With the major failures of the front office in acquiring a point guard, I believe we need to get Kemba NOW. He has the potential to be an all star, and all star point guards are NOT something to pass up if you can land them. Otherwise, it’s going to be a pretty painful 4-5 seasons, at the conclusion of which, Faves, Kanter, or Hayward could very well walk or ask to be traded.
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