Posted by: Shae on September 25th, 2010The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
Here are some positives I see if the Jazz do make the trade. I’m not condoning the trade. I’d rather AK hang around. I happen to like AK and I feel, as does KOC as he has stated, that he’s crucial to the success of the team. I do, however want to mention a few things about Diaw.
First off, Coach Brown, the coach of the Bobcats, likes Diaw and that’s always a good sign. If I’m not wrong Diaw started more at center than Tyson Chandler. That shows he trusts him.
Secondly, this gives more playing time to the other wings, especially Gordon Hayward. He will need time to develop like any other rookie, and am one of those people that thinks Hayward will be good for the Jazz. This also gives a little more time to CJ who could use the minutes. Raja, who could also benefit from AK’s departure. He will make an impact defensively.
Thirdly, Diaw and Bell played together in Phoenix and they apparently played well together. It’s always helpful to have players that have chemistry. There’s team chemistry but then there is also player to player chemistry, like Stockton and Malone, or Williams and Boozer. So that could be an advantage.
Fourthly, Diaw would likely come off the bench which would boost their productivity and add experience.
Lastly, Diaw is a good passer and a good passer is always a welcome sight in Utah. Not that AK wasn’t a terrific passer also, but Diaw is a little better. Diaw has averaged 4 assists per game over his career, and in 2006 he averaged over 6 a game and that was in Phoenix along side Steve Nash. Wow.
I’m not crazy about the trade, but there are some benefits. I’d be more amenable to the trade if we got Diaw and Arron Afflalo though. In the end I say stick with AK.
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