Posted by: Nick Knows All on October 14th, 2012The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
There have only been 3 games thus far, but we’re starting to get a good idea of what this Jazz team is going to look like. Let’s talk about some of the stuff that we’re seeing.
For me, the preseason has been primarily about 3 guys: Marvin Williams, Enes Kanter, and Mo Williams. These 3 guys are going to get it done night in and night out. These 3 guys are seriously balling right now.
Yes, we played the Lakers without Howard, and the Thunder without Westbrook, Sefolosha, and Harden (Harden is reportedly very out of shape and playing extremely poorly–this is why he has been getting DNPs). Yes, we can expect a bit of a drop off once the regular season starts. But still, our guys are looking solid. It remains to be seen how Paul Millsap will play when he gets back, and how this will affect the rest of the team.
I’ve broken them into two tiers of production. Let’s check out their averages after 3 games:
21 min, 12.3 reb, 12.7 pts
23 min, 3.3 reb, 2 stl, 12.3 pts
22 min, 5 ast, 11 pts
Here is our next tier of guys:
19 min, 5.3 reb, 9.3 pts
22 min, 6 rbs, 1.6 blk, 8 pts
23 mins, 3.3 rbs, 2.3 blk, 5.7 pts
21 mins, 5.5 ast, 6.5 pts
14 mins, 1 ast, 6.7 pts
There are 2 players who have been playing very poorly. One in particular is just embarassing himself, and that is Randy Foye. He does play good defense, but his offense has been a joke. This supposed 3 pt assassin is shooting 0.05% from the floor, and no that’s not a typo, that’s 1 of 17. This makes CJ Miles look like Ray Allen.
The other is Jeremy Evans, whom as much as we all love, is a pretty awful basketball player.
We’ll have to wait and see how the rest of the preseason plays out, but if the first 3 games are any indication, our best players right now are Marvin Williams, Enes Kanter, Mo Williams, Gordon Hayward, Jamaal Tinsley, Al Jefferson, Derrick Favors, and Alec Burks, in that order.
And, perhaps the best part of all of this is that Tyrone Corbin is doing an all around outstanding job of coaching the team, and that includes handling rotations. Obviously, there are some who’ll disagree with that. But if you look at itobjectively and not from the standpoint of young players aren’t getting enough time, it’s very much apparent that Corbin really knows what he’s doing. My only concern is will it transfer into the regular season?
And my final observation is this: Jamaal Tinsley needs to be the backup point guard. Why he gets benched in favor of Earl Watson blows my mind. I really hope Tinsley remains the 2nd option even when Earl gets in playing shape. I don’t even think Earl Watson can get up and down the court as fast as Tinsley, and he certainly doesn’t facilitate the offense as well.
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