Apr 15, 2013; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Mavericks shooting guard O.J. Mayo (32) drives the ball past Memphis Grizzlies shooting guard Tony Allen (9) during the first quarter at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Jazz to Push Hard for OJ Mayo?

What will the asking price be for OJ Mayo this summer? —> Steve Kyler: hefty, hearing Utah could go hard at him. Twitter @stevekylerNBA

The Jazz according to Steve Kyler are going to be making a push for OJ Mayo once free agency starts.   Since the Jazz are a tight knit organization that doesn’t let rumors out (unless they want other teams to think something), I’m going to take this as a false rumor.  Just for the sake of having an argument let’s look deeper into seeing whether or not OJ would be a good fit on the Jazz.

First off if the Jazz did offer OJ a contract they definitely have the money to do so but would it be worth it?  OJ has a player option that is worth $4.2 million next year, which he has said that he will most likely opt out of and test free agency.  Therefore how much should OJ get paid?  Stats wise the player that OJ is most comparable to is Jamal Crawford.  Jamal just signed a 4 year deal worth just under $22 million, or just over $5 million a season.

OJ and Jamal both averaged roughly 14 a night while shooting 44%.  OJ shot a little better from the three point line while Jamal had a better free throw percentage.  The difference comes in at assists and rebounds where Mayo averaged almost double what Jamal did at 3.8 boards and 4.4 assists.  On the defensive end however Mayo had a miserable 105 rating while Jamal had an impressive 99.2 rating.

The Jazz biggest needs last season were defense and clutch shooting.  With Hayward, Marvin, Burks and Carroll the Jazz were actually a decent wing defensive team.  The Jazz really lacked defense from the point guard and center position.  Randy Foye did struggle though from time to time against the wings, and since he did play the most minutes out of any wing except Hayward, the Jazz probably do need an upgrade at wing (Burks).

As for clutch shooting Mayo can create his own shot a lot better than most of the wings.  However Burks has the ability again to create his own shot.  In multiple games (Celtics and @Dallas) Burks hit a clutch shot with the game on the line.  Therefore my conclusion is why pay Mayo when you have a guy sitting on the bench that just needs to be given the chance.  Mayo is not the answer, Burks is the answer.



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