Posted by: Railen on April 13th, 2011The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
We all love Paul, he has that special something. That endless motor, real blue collar hard work that everyone respects, and the ability to just flat out win you a game all on his own every now and again. But lets face it, he just is not tall enough for the power forward position. I think he has reached his ceiling at PF and it’s very impressive for his size but if he is your starting power forward you are not going to be able to win a championship. However if he can successfully convert to a SF over the summer. Then we have a huge and very talented lineup.
Corbin’s been playing him at the 3 lately and he has done very well some nights and not so good others. But we can forgive him getting absolutely torched by one of the best SF in the game right now, (Gerald Wallace of the blazers) when he had very little experience at that position, I think that was what his second game trying it? But given an entire summer to work on changing his game I think he can come back ready to do it on a nightly basis. It’s either that or start favor and AL and have Okur and Milsap off the bench which isn’t a bad alternative. But just think about a lineup in 2 years with a Much more developed Mature Favors, Big AL, and a Faster Paul Milsap starting. That would be a frontcourt to be feared all around the league.
Lets break down what Milsap would have to change to convert into a solid SF. He needs to be a little quicker on defense on his lateral movement, as Favors matures this won’t be as big of an issue as he should become a feared shot blocker at the rim.
Milsap needs to take more three’s and hit them at at least a 40% clip preferably from the corners as no other spot on the court stretches the defense more. (The Spurs offense is designed around getting corner 3’s because it is one of the most efficient shots in the game.)
Milsap needs to get a slightly quicker first step to beat 3’s off the dribble. Currently he has no trouble beating slower three’s and most 4’s off the dribble but he would need to be a little quicker.
I think those 3 minor things are all it would take and are probably things he could do given a summer to really focus on them. We know he has the range to be a 3 point threat he just needs to start looking for that shot more in games.
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