I just got finished reading a piece by David Locke on the Utah Jazz official website. In the piece, Locke compared Boozer and Jefferson, and he explained how they differ from each other. Apparently, Boozer’s transition offense is vastly better than Jefferson’s who barely had any involvement in Minnesota’s quick-paced running style.
How much of their numbers are credited to their point guards is still unknown, but we should find out soon enough. Obviously, Deron Williams is one of the best in the league when it comes to dishing it off to the big men in transition. If he can’t help improve Jefferson’s transition offense, then maybe you just have to say that it’s not part of Jefferson’s strong attributes.
In my opinion, none of this will matter if Utah starts Paul Millsap at the power forward position and Jefferson at center. If that’s the case, it will be Millsap who will have to match or at least come close to the transitional production that Boozer had last season for the “trade” to be considered a smart move (Clearly, Boozer and Jefferson weren’t technically traded for each other, but essentially they were). As a fan who has watched Millsap play over the last several seasons, I don’t think that will be a problem, as he has a very high basketball IQ, and he is frequently the beneficiary of a D-Will assist.
Getting back to Jefferson, I think that it will be a huge leg up for the Jazz to have the always-dangerous point guard-power forward combo in addition to a legitimate post-up center. The centers of yesteryear are quickly dying out as the game is evolving, so having a guy like Jefferson, who plays the game like a “true center,” is going to be a nightmare for other teams to deal with.
Utah’s opposition has shown the inability to guard the point guard-power forward combo for the last 20+ seasons. Now that they have that plus Al Jefferson, I don’t know how defenses will be able to effectively stop this possibly prolific offense. Maybe it will be impossible. I just know that I can’t wait to find out.