Dec. 29, 2012; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; From left Utah Jazz former assistant coach Phil Johnson , former Jazz head coach Jerry Sloan and current Jazz vice president Kevin O

Time for the Utah Jazz to Start Reworking the Playbook


The Utah Jazz have a long stretch off to rest and recover. However I see long nights for the coaching staff, and some very productive practices. Though it will be tough to trade “Big” Al Jefferson, it will be easy to move Paul Millsap. With the Jazz getting ready to move those two pieces, Coaches should be using this time to look at how to use the young talent they have here already.

The smartest place to start is with the starting five. Idealistically everyone would be healed on the other side of the break, and we would look to start our young core. Though this would cause some of our most effective shooters to come off the bench, it would give the extra minutes our young players need to get into rhythm.

Second we need to dump out posting up plays. I loved Jerry Sloan but I was always hoping for him to change things up and let the guys run and gun a little. Ironically I wish we would revert just a little back to Jerry Sloan’s system. His teams made history with pick and roll plays. This would also play into the strengths of our young bigs Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter. Derrick is much stronger on the pick and roll and his defense is worth wrapping the playbook around him. Also Enes did a fantastic job getting into shape and preparing himself for this season physically, but right now like his preseason dance move at the open practice, he pretty much has just two moves. This has become problematic as teams have figured out how to contain him. Thus the pick and roll would also help Enes.

The third thing is to let the player with the hot hand stay on the floor. Corbin sometimes cools off a hot hand by making sure one of the other guys gets into the rotation. I think this will increase the number of points scored by the Jazz, and give us the best chance of winning.

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