Jazz Need to Dump Devin Harris
by Broox Anderson
RICHFIELD, UT — There’s little over a minute left on the clock as the Jazz battle fiercely against the Dallas Mavericks at home on Saturday. Devin Harris pushes the ball up the court, pulls up for a three to tie the game, and… misses the entire hoop by almost two feet.
No worries, Harris showed up to play at home against Toronto on Wednesday by posting 12 points and 6 assists in the first quarter. The Jazz let the Raptors dig themselves out of an 18-point deficit to force a double-overtime showdown. With less than a minute left on the clock, Devin Harris drives, elevates, and draws a foul. The score is 106-109, and Harris has a chance to cut the Raptors’ lead to one.
At the line, he spins the ball, bounces it off the floor, looks at the rim, shoots it, and… it rolls off the back of the rim.
Groans emanate from the crowd.
Now, with a quiet audience and a chance to get within two points, Harris spins the ball, bounces it off the floor, looks at the rim, shoots it, and… barely catches the front of the iron.
The ball skews left, snatched up by a Toronto jersey, and Devin Harris hands the Utah Jazz their second loss in a row on their own court.
My mind is officially made up at this point: Kevin O’Connor, get this guy outta here!
The Utah Jazz’s starting point guard is averaging 9.1 points, 4.6 assists, and 1.5 rebounds this year. An indisputable failure thus far, every statistical category is lower than his career average.
He has successfully provided two losses at home due to horrific climax moments down the stretch. And, while some may leap to his defense, no point guard in this league should be exempt from criticism after such performances; Devin Harris is no exception.
Since day one, he has not fit well in the Jazz’s offense. He has had disputes with coaches, players, and staff. He has taken a back seat to 32-year-old Earl Watson, and has simply not been the player he needs to be.
We need a replacement, and one name seems imprinted at the back of my mind: D.J. Augustin.
Augustin is averaging 13.6 points, 6.6 assists, and 3.1 boards this year, and the 3-year pro out of the University of Texas is having a career season. In the Bobcats’ wins, D.J. is averaging 16.3 points and 8.3 assists. With the Bobcats drafting Kemba Walker, Augustin seems more attainable than ever.
A swap of Devin Harris and D.J. Augustin would benefit not only the Jazz, but the Bobcats’ young core of players also. The difference between Augustin’s and Walker’s games is like the difference between night and day, which makes it difficult for D.J. to be a mentor.
On the other hand, there are plenty of similarities in Harris’ and Walker’s games. They’re both quick, stealthy, and dynamic. Devin Harris has plenty of experience, and anyone can see that he would be a perfect fit in the Bobcats’ upbringing of Kemba Walker.
So… one more time:
Kevin O’Connor, Get us D.J. AUGUSTIN!
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