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.
Just a quick analysis: I believe AK-47 would impact the Jazz much more than Diaw offensively and defensively. Offense: One reason AK is more valuable offensively is because he knows the system. There’s been some discussion about how long it will take Jefferson to get the Jazz system down, and I think that will apply to Diaw as well should the trade go through. AK is pretty good around the rim, makes great cuts, and is great at reading the defense. I don’t know how much of that Diaw will be able to replicate. One area that bodes well with Diaw is his passing. It has been mentioned that Diaw is a better passer than AK, but I believe that AK is just as good of a passer, or at least pretty close. If AK could develop a more consistent jumper I believe he would be emerge as the better passer. Its been mentioned that Diaw is a better shooter. While this may be the case, a review of NBA hot spot will show that AK shot more mid to long range jumpers last season and their percentages were pretty comparable. Diaw, however, is much better from deep. A look at NBA hot spot also shows Diaw got the majorityof his points in the paint, so he’s more of a traditional 4, but is that what we need? Don’t we already have two premier post players in Jefferson and Millsap? Just a thought. The biggest reason I think you have to stay with AK is because he already has chemistry with this team. He knows the players and how they work and he knows how to work with them. That’s why I think he has such an impact on the game. I would argue that is AK just as valuable as Boozer was to the team. He affects the momentum of the game and does s much on both sides of the court.
Defense: I don’t think there’s any real question about defense. AK impacts the game defensively more than Diaw. In Diaw’s defense, no pun intended, he is a pretty good on the ball defender from what I have seen and he’s a pretty good post defender, but AK is both of those as well, I think, and his length makes a huge impact on the game. He is such a versatile defender. Diaw can’t do what AK can against players like Nowitzki, Granger, Durant, Lebron, Carmelo, Pierce etc. I’d take AK over Diaw any day.
I personally don’t think that the Jazz organization will pull the trigger on this move. There are too many unknowns. You could be getting a pretty good player in Diaw but there are too many unanswerable questions. Sure you save money if you make the trade, quite a bit actually, but you have to look at more than that. I believe that the Jazz could very well be 2nd best in the west with AK, but with Diaw in his place I doubt it. I believe if the trade went through the Jazz would make the playoffs, but probably wouldn’t have homecourt advantage in the playoffs, potentially limiting their progress. I could see the Jazz making it to the Western Conference Finals against the Lakers with AK. Without him I don’t see them getting past the second round, and maybe not even the first. There’s a lot of revenue right there just from that, no? Ultimately I think AK with the Jazz just works, and why change what works?
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