Posted by: Railen on April 20th, 2011The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
Guys, we all love Millsap. We do he is the heart and sole of the team. He embodies it, and I’m not making this post to hate on him. But I see a lot of you saying he should stay our starting PF next year but I think you’re wrong and here is why.
Locked did some research and looked at PER allowed to the man you are guarding in the NBA and got some surprising results. You should all go look at them over at locked on Jazz. http://www.nba.com/jazz/features/locked_on_jazz.html
Out of 201 players Millsap was ranked clear up at 194 as solidly the worst 1 on 1 defender on the Jazz team. We all saw it during the season too. The Jazz were just getting murdered by opposing power forwards. It isn’t for a lack of effort. Or a lack of skill or heart. He just isn’t big enough to guard starting power forwards at that position. You know where Favors would of ranked on that list if he had gotten enough minutes to qualify? 4th.
I’ll quote what locked says about looking at statistics and good way to tell how valid they are.
“The key to any statistic is does it pass the eyeball test. If it is an offensive stat you better see Wade, James, Nowitski and Durant somewhere near the top or it doesn’t have value. If others who you wouldn’t expect are grouped in with those players then you should re-evaluate those players rather than dismiss the stat.
Let’s start with opponent’s PER when a player is guarded that player. The best in the NBA is Andre Iguodala, followed by Dwight Howard, Loul Deng and LeBron James. That is a pass. The 5th best at holding down their opponent was Andrei Kirilenko.
This makes a strong argument for AK as the best defender on the Jazz and one of the best in the NBA.
Flip it around and the five worst in the NBA are the undersized DuJuan Blair, Andris Biedrins, Charlie Villanueva, Ed Davis and Andrea Bargnani. Pass on the eye ball test again.”
I think if the Jazz stick with Millsap as are starting power Forward we will be shooting ourselves in the foot. He can get just as many minutes off the bench and he will be able to be our First offensive option off the bench capable of just torching other teams second units much like Lamar Odom / Manu Ginobili. He would also have much less trouble guarding other teams backup PF’s as most of those are undersized or just not great offensively at that position anyways.
Or as I’ve said before we can see how he does as a SF he has been slowly making his game more perimeter oriented the last couple seasons and is absolutely deadly from 15′ right now. What the Jazz actually do, rather it’s keep him, trade him, start him, bring him in off the bench or move him to SF remains to be seen.
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