One thing that has always bothered me and many other fans out there is the fact that when Favors, Hayward, Burks or Kanter do something wrong Corbin quickly replaces them in the game. It leaves the young guys timid and thinking too much. However, when a veteran such as Sap or Big Al do something wrong he lets them stay in the game until their “allotted time on the floor” is up. For example everyone knows how bad Big Al is on the defensive end, but what happens when Al is having an off night on the offensive end and isn’t offsetting his bad defense? We lose. In fact in the 12 games the Jazz have lost this year, only one game (at Houston) has Big Al shot above 50%.
What if on the nights when Al can’t hit a shot to save his life, Corbin only plays: Favors, Kanter and Millsap? Same goes for Millsap if he is off and not helping offensively. The thing I like about Kanter is he is constantly getting better every game. When he played extensive minutes against Toronto, the Jazz had their best game of the season. Favors is a force on defense and needs to be in games as he proves time and time again. The Jazz have the luxury of four big guys that can really play good basketball but until Corbin utilizes them and plays them when they are playing well then the Jazz won’t win all the games they can.
Big Al is not going to play well every night and when he is having an off night then he doesn’t need to play 33 minutes. In fact he is averaging 33 minutes a night in losses and in wins. The difference is when we lose he usually has had an off night. Big Al makes it easy to see when he is having an off night: if the ball doesn’t go in on his 4 foot push shot or his jumper hits iron then he is off. He brings nothing to the other end of the floor where Kanter or Favors would be better off playing. The Jazz are 29th in the league in rebounding, but if Favors and Kanter played more we would be above average in rebounding.
Trade deadline is approaching and who knows what Dennis Lindsay is thinking. As for right now though the Jazz’s focus should be on playing whoever is best going to help the team win, not who has the most tenure in the league.
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