May 7, 2012; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Utah Jazz point guard Devin Harris (5) dribbles around San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker (9) during the second half of game four in the Western Conference quarterfinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at EnergySolutions Arena. The Spurs defeated the Jazz 87-81 to sweep Utah and win the series. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

Mo Williams vs Devin Harris


2 seasons. 2 point guards. 2 different outcomes.

The debate has never been brought up. I don’t think anyone has considered bringing it up, but it’s worth talking about.

Free Agency is upon us and the Utah Jazz currently have 1 point guard on the roster in rookie Trey Burke. The Jazz always carry at least 3 point guards, and with Burke not having set foot on an NBA court yet, the need for a veteran free agent is great.

Both Mo Williams and Devin Harris have had a shot at running the Jazz offense. Both could possibly be looked at to return to the team. Who was better though? Who ran the team better in the time they had in Salt Lake City? Here is a look at some of the statistics.

Devin Harris                                                               Mo Williams

2011-2012 regular season                                        2012-2013 regular season

Games Started = 63                                                      Games Started = 46

PPG = 11.3                                                                        PPG = 12.9

APG = 5.0                                                                         APG = 6.2

TO = 1.9                                                                             TO = 2.7

RPG = 1.8                                                                          RPG = 2.4

FT% = 74.6                                                                       FT% = 88.2

FG% = 44.5                                                                       FG% = 43.0

3PT% = 36.2                                                                    3PT% = 38.3

RECORD = 36-27                                                           RECORD = 22-24

 

Looking at the numbers above, the two are not far off. Statistically, Mo was better than Devin in the majority of the categories. However, Devin finished with an above .500 record, while Mo finished below .500.

In the season that each spent with the Jazz, Mo averaged 30.8 mpg, while Harris averaged 27.6 mpg. Both players had the exact same salary, making $8.5 Million.

Aside from the statistical standpoint, lets take a look at a bigger picture. The playoff push.

Both Jazz teams found themselves in the middle of a playoff push. Essentially, both teams were fighting for the 8th and final playoff spot. Both teams had it really come down to the final 8 games of the regular season. 1 team excelled, while the other fell short.

Devin Harris                                                             Mo Williams

PPG = 14.8                                                                     PPG = 14.4

APG = 5.4                                                                      APG = 5.8

TO = 2.4                                                                          TO = 2.8

Again, both players are very similar statistics wise. However, both teams needed to win the last 2 games of the season to secure a playoff spot. Devin went 2-0 in those games. Mo went 1-1. Devin made the playoffs and secured the 8th and final spot in the Western Conference. Mo missed the playoffs and went home to sit on the couch and wish. Both basically had the same situation as well. Both teams played 1 team that was under .500 and one team jockeying for position in the playoffs.

Both players have been in the league for 10 seasons. Devin has made the playoffs 50% of the time, while Mo has only made the playoffs 40% of the time. Both players have made it there with 3 different teams. However, one can argue that 2 of the seasons that Mo made the playoffs was in large part because of playing alongside Lebron James.

As mentioned before, both players are in the free agency pool and the Jazz need to sign 2 more point guards. The Jazz will not sign both of these guys, but could sign 1 of them. Both players know the offense and both players will be able to help Burke. In all honesty, that guy that could help the most could be Devin Harris.

Regardless of all the arguments, Harris’ season in Utah was full of excitement. From the 4 Overtime game in Atlanta, to the 3 Overtime game at home against Dallas, to the playoff deciding game at home against Phoenix on TNT. Mo had some moments, but the season was not nearly as exciting as the year before. Below is highlights from each season.

If you are in the Jazz front office and have the choice between Harris and Williams, who would you take? Leave a comment with your choice and why. We love hearing from you so please give us your opinion!

 

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