Right now, the future of the Jazz is really in question. The team is obviously somewhere in the middle of the rebuilding process, but in terms of becoming a team that can get past the 2nd round of the playoffs, or even make it to the 2nd round of the playoffs, there are some doubts and some holes that need to be overcome. I know we talk about this all the time, but here are a few observations I have:
* Mo Williams is not really a PG capable of running a contending team. He is more of a combo guard who could help run a two-guard front like Dallas used with Jason Kidd and Jason Terry during their championship run, but he needs a strong backcourt running mate to be effective, and he doesn't have one right now. He got completely disrupted by Mike Conley tonight. Maybe he was tired, but still. If KOC genuinely wants Mo to stay here until he retires, it means KOC's standards aren't very high.
* Marvin Williams is not really an impact player. I guess we knew this already, but aside from his stable defense, he's not really a reliable contributor. Whether he stays with the team moving forward is neither here nor there.
* Randy Foye is a journey-man combo guard who should come off the bench and help spread the floor. He's not really more than that. Whether he stays with the team is neither here nor there.
* Our most promising young player is Enes Kanter. His size, athleticism, motor and IQ actually give him the most upside on the team right now. He plays with a lot of confidence and efficiency, and he's only 20 years old. He defends, rebounds, runs the floor, and can score inside or out to 15 feet against good defensive players. He still jams himself under the rim and doesn't handle double teams well, but he looks like a player we could build our offense around, given his potential to create a mismatch at the PF spot with his size and power. As soon as he learns to pass and hit a turn-around jumper, he's going to be a complete player. He has real All-Star potential, and I think he's likely to become the face of the franchise.
* Derrick Favors has nice size and athleticism, but he doesn't seem to have the coordination, court awareness or IQ at this stage to be a go-to offensive player. He will probably be primarily a defensive specialist who is a third option on offense, something like a Jermaine O'Neal, or for those of you old enough to remember, think a young Elden Campbell.
* Gordon Hayward is a nice role player and facilitator. If he hunkers down on defense, he can be a poor man's Bobby Jones. Offensively, I think he wants to be Dan Maejrle. His passing is an asset. He's a rotation player and maybe a starter. He's not Hornacek or Manu though. Those guys could shoot reliably.
* Jefferson will probably be traded or will leave in free agency. There's been no talk of extending him. At all.
* Millsap will probably be traded or will leave in free agency to be somebody's David West for 4 years and $40 - $45 million.
* Alec Burks: Does this guy even exist? Who knows where his game is at?
What we need:
* A PG who can get our bigs the ball in a position to score without asking Gordon Hayward for help. I'm not sure if Brandon Jennings is that guy, but if I thought he were, I'd offer Paul Millsap or try to take him back in a package for Al Jefferson. Maybe we also try to draft CJ McCollum.
* A legit, athletic scoring wing, preferably a shooting guard. It would sure be great if we could draft Archie Goodwin, but that seems like a long shot unless we trade out a vet or two and become willing to slip in the standings and draft in the top 8 range.
* Another dynamic PF/C who can complete a 3-man rotation with Favors and Kanter. Someone like a younger Nene.
The team should (hopefully) look very different next year.