Posted by: Jason on February 17th, 2011The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
Thoughts on players and staff in no particular order…
Deron Williams: Recently you have struggled. Is it mental or physical? If you are hurt, don’t hide it, rest and recover. If it is mental, use the week break to fuel your recovery. Continue to lead the team to whatever the end of the road is, which this year could be fighting off Portland, Memphis (yes, we are currently tied with Memphis, and the next game with them they can potentially tie us 2-2), and Phoenix.
Raja Bell: Even though you have been injured a lot, when I go to games I see you giving advice to players. Keep up the great leadership. Return soon.
Andrei Kirilenko: Stop faking injuries. Stop doing behind the back passes. Stop shooting LONG, CONTESTED, TWO POINTERS. Go to the basket, make smart passes, and get active defensively (you used to block shots, remember?)
Paul Millsap: You are the true Jazzman on the roster. Your only real improvement could come on the boards (you had a higher rebound ratio in past years, plus you lead the NCAA in rebounding). Keep doing what you are doing.
Al Jefferson: You have been an interesting case this season. You once averaged 25 points and 13 rebounds. What happened? Here are some ideas: A) Stop shooting fade-away push shots, move towards the basket to make your moves. B) Get more active on the boards, it helps boost confidence. C) Run pick and rolls, you will get better shots (which I saw last night —> the Williams/Jefferson pick and rolls worked great, all two of them). D) Work on your passing out of the post, it will help the offense and thus help you.
Earl Watson – Stop fouling. Smarter passes. Stop shooting. Keep throwing oops to Evans, just make sure they are smart passes (teams have scouted the “Early-Oop” by now).
Ronnie Price – Stop fouling. Once you come back, keep up the energy. You may be our most valuable bench player, even if the stats don’t say so.
C.J. Miles – You are not a 3 point shooter. Drive to the basket repeatedly, and you will CONSISTENTLY average 15 points. Keep up the work on the boards also. 15 PPG, 6 RPG, and 3 APG will get you in the sixth man running. On a side note, your release reminds me of Josh Smith (ATL). He recently worked out quirks in his release and now he releases the ball in a straight line, and as a result went from shooting 25-30% on 3’s to 35% this year. Maybe you should look into it?
Francisco Elson – You kind of disappeared the last month or two. Keep bringing your toughness when you are on the court, and that jump shot.
Fesenko – Develop more post moves, grab the boards and be active defensively. You can definitely average 6+ points off the bench on any given night if you play smart.
Gordon Hayward – Keep bringing the energy. Stop shooting deep 2’s however, they are not high percentage (in fact, they are one of the lowest percentage shots).
Okur – I hope you get healthy. Injuries suck. Don’t rush anything.
Jeremy Evans – Wow, I don’t know what your potential is. It is however, HIGH. Keep taking whatever opportunities you get with the Jazz. Last night, 6 points and 6 rebounds is a pretty damn good stat for a reserve. They say you are just an athletic freak, and you develop a jump shot that works. That’s impressive, and it will impress your coach t0o.
Ty Corbin – There are several here. A) Aim for the playoffs. B) Have a chit chat with Jefferson, and teach him the pick and roll, and run more of it. It is the most efficient offense (See: Phoenix Suns, until 2010). It gets everyone better shots. When we have run it this year, it works. C) Tell CJ to get his act together. D) Tell Earl Watson to stop fouling. E) Design a backdoor cut alley oop for Jeremy Evans. His recent oops have been blocked/resulted in turnovers. F) Play Jeremy Evans more. G) Don’t be afraid to mix up the offense. Try some new stuff.
Kevin O’Connor – A) Trade Kirilenko for a shooter. That’s all we need this year. Kirilenko doesn’t provide intangibles to the team anymore, and his defense is inconsistent. Thoughts: Reggie Williams, OJ Mayo (yeah, I know everyone mentions him), J.J. Redick (just kidding!), or some D-League guy. I actually like the D-League shooter idea, it worked well for the Warriors in the past. B) DO NOT LET EVANS GET AWAY!
Have a team meeting. Talk about what is working and what isn’t.
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