Jazz management should want a win-win-win situation next year. It’s rather simple actually, trade for Jimmer and start the young guys all 82 games next year. People could say it’s a waste of a season but the next 3 reasons are why doing this next season could be big for the Jazz and its’ future.
1st win- Brings excitement back to the Jazz where the fans would actually love going to games instead of the quiet three and a half quarters followed by the end of games that it doesn’t matter who’s playing, if it’s close it’s entertaining. Just imagine Jimmer, Burks, Hayward, Favors and Kanter playing 35-40 a night. Most fans would buy season tickets for this. Games would sell out, unlike this past year. Even in the biggest games of the year everybody was quiet. Fans want to see the young guys and Jimmer would be an added bonus.
2nd win- Experience and to see what these guys can actually do in meaningful minutes every game. Starting Favors and Kanter would be better than Sap and Al without a question. Also if you say Jimmer can’t play defense than you must not have watched, MO, Harris and D-Will over the past 8 years. News flash they don’t play defense either. The other four guys are excellent defenders and could help make up for Jimmer’s weaknesses.
3rd win- No matter what happens the Jazz win. Either these guys flop like most feel they would and we get a top pick in the 2014 draft (considered the best draft since Lebron’s draft). Or the off chance that these guys can actually play and they surprise people and make the playoffs and have a great foundation for the next 10 years. Either way it makes for one of the funnest seasons the Jazz would ever play.
Dennis Lindsey would probably never do this, but if the Jazz did, this guy and many others would not complain one bit.
Here’s why it makes sense to do this and these five guys might actually surprise the league and critics:
In 40 minutes per game these guys would average (based on this past year’s statistics):
Jimmer: 20.4 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 3.8 apg
Burks: 15.9 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 3.2 apg
Hayward: 19.3 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 4 apg
Favors: 16.3 ppg, 12.2 rpg, 1.7 apg
Kanter: 18.8 ppg, 11.3 rpg, 1.2 apg
As a team that is 90.6 ppg, 35.6 rpg and 13.9 apg. Then you add the 8 minutes from the bench and we have one of the highest points per game in the league and that is from guys that have been second or third tier players their whole career so far. This also assumes that they can play 40 minutes a night at the same level which some guys just can’t do that.
Now on the defensive end their defensive rating are as follows: (Anything under 100 is considered great, 101-104 is league average, 104+ is not good)
Enes Kanter 98.4
Alec Burks 102.2
Derek Favors 102.8
Gordon Hayward 104
Jimmer Fredette 111.7
*Having Al and Mo in the game really hurt the guys in there with them defensively.
We know Favors is better than the rating says, as is Hayward. Jimmer is that bad though. As at starting unit that would put the Jazz at 103.8 and would sit them in the 19th out of thirty teams and ahead of the Jazz team this year by .5 pts. (Al and Mo were both in the 107 rating)
If this were to happen it would be exciting and quite the bold move by Lindsey but as I said before it’s a win-win-win situation for the Jazz organization. Jimmer to the Jazz, I say yes.