The NBA season is almost half over and the Utah Jazz sit at 17-18, good for 10th in the West. The only thing good about that is somehow the Jazz are ahead of the miserable misfits in LA. This season has yet to get a flow to it and there have been ups, but lately mainly downs. If things stay the way they are the Jazz still should make the playoffs seeing that the hardest part of the schedule has been played. However, with Mo out 6 weeks the likelihood has dropped quite a bit.
The Jazz need a change and quick. Ty is playing Sap and Al even though they have two better overall bigs coming off the bench. The way the Jazz are handling this situation shows the mediocrity of the team and the reason Jazz will never push to be elite. The only reason Millsap should be playing more than 15 minutes a night is to showcase him for trade value. Although Kanter isn’t 100% ready to take on the starting position, he definitely needs more than the minutes he is getting currently.
Management and coaching continually say that they want to win and make the playoffs every year but that thinking has stunted the growth of the current team. Jazz have four players that this team should be building around: Hayward, Favors, Kanter and Burks. However, most plays go to Al on offense and the young guys don’t see the floor near as much as they should. This argument might not be valid if the Jazz were sitting in the top 4 in the West with Al and Sap having All-Star years. They’re not.
The solution is simple and steps need to be taken for the Jazz to get there. The fact is the Jazz play just as well or better with the young core than with the so called “veterans.”
Step 1: Trade Sap and Jefferson and get draft picks and a solid young quick point guard.
Step 2: Run the offense through Hayward, rely on Favors and Kanter on defense and develop Burks as a combo guard.
Step 3: Play who has the hot hand. Every night is different between Marvin, Foye, Carroll and the others. The Jazz have players but it feels like Corbin is too scared to hurt feelings. Do you think Favors would be playing 21 minutes a night under Poppovich? How about Jefferson and Saps lack of defensive effort? No way has a good coach let his players get away with that.
Jazz have a better opportunity to upset a team in the playoffs this year with the young guys taking over. We know what we get from Sap and Al and the other guys that are playing the most minutes. The fact is this team is set up right now to miss the playoffs. Fans have been calling for this for almost 2 years now and I know this season ticket holder is sick and tired of mediocrity with potential warming the bench.