Posted by: Jason Garner on August 10th, 2010The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
Ah.. Paul Millsap the prodigal son of Utah. Everyone loves this man. We all remember his 19 straight double-doubles when Boozer went down. And since then there is nothing he can do wrong. I love Paul. He works hard every minute hes on the court, but he has big shoes to fill this upcoming season. Can he finally prove hes worth the contract the Jazz signed him to last summer. And Can he prove the Jazz made a good move by letting Boozer go. Here’s my opinion, and here’s where the controversy begins. Carlos Boozer is better than Millsap. Definately not on the defensive end but offensively he is better by leaps and bounds. Here are my reasons why at this moment in time Millsap is not an All-Star power forward like Boozer.
Reason #1: He has yet to prove he is a 20/10 kind of guy. And Boozer was the definition of 20/10. Boozer was the most consistent player on the team last year. In the 09/10 season Paul averaged 11.6 points a game and 6.8 boards a game in nearly 28 minutes. Boozer averaged 19.5 ppg and 11.2 rpg in 34 mpg. Now if Paul was given 6 more minutes a game I dont believe he could put up 8 points and 5 boards to match Booz. What gives me hope however is the playoffs. Paul put up 18 and 9 on average in 32 minutes and that definately sounds like a 20/10 kind of guy. Booz put up 20 and 13 in 40 minutes. Could Paul put up 2 points and 4 boards in 8 minutes? Absolutely. Millsap’s offensive post game is not to the level of Booz. He has no jumpshot and he doesn’t know when to kick the ball out and when to take it himself. Millsap is obviosly brilliant at getting double-doubles but I’m not sure if he is at a Boozer 20/10 level yet. Keyword yet. I believe he is still improving and every point I bring up may be proven absolutely false by next summer.
Reason #2: Paul Millsap is listed at 6′8″ and thats pushing it. I noticed this season he gets pushed around alot in the paint, but he can push back at the right times to get boards. Now there is nothing Paul can do about this, but in order to replace Booz he is going to have to learn to create his own shot like Booz. Fighting for boards is one thing and Millsap is brilliant in that category. But on offense his strength appears to be cut in half.
Reason #3: This one is 100% my opinion. After every call mad Millsap will whine. He cries about every call against him and he complains for fouls that are none existant. This has alot to do with him being pushed around. He thinks because he’s smaller and players use their bodies against him he should get calls. And this wouldn’t even bug me that bad if he didn’t sit there and talk to the ref while the game goes on. He’ll miss a shot and then cry to the ref while he should be running back on D.
As I said at the start of the article I love Paul Millsap. With him and Jefferson combined Boozers shoes will definately be filled. Millsap is great defensively and on the boards. If I’m not mistaken he led the Jazz in blocked shots last year which at his size is very impressive to me. I think in a couple years he will be at an All-Star level. As of now I don’t think he is.
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