He should just admit his play has sucked. He isn't being kept out for any other reason.
Man up Mansap
The question is who the most "reliable" post player is. That's Al. Sap, Favors, or Kanter cannot create their own shots down low at this point. If we force fed any of them 12 post touches a night, their efficiency numbers would be worse than Al's.
GB: Not that any of your posts have ever made any sense whatsoever, but by what metric is Jefferson a better defender than Millsap? Per mysynergysports.com, Jefferson's opposite number scores at a 0.92 points per possession clip. For Millsap, that number stands at 0.83. Keep in mind, Millsap is guarding 4s, who tend to be better offensively than 5s. Aside from that, Millsap is also superior to Al in On-Court/Off-court team defense. Maybe it's just a coincidence that Millsap has consistently put up better defensive advanced stats throughout his career (and this season).
Rev: When is Ty going to try crunch time lineups with Al on the bench? Should he have averaged 5 more minutes per game than Millsap over the last 9 games? His numbers have been worse, his team play worse, the results terrible. Time for some Favors/Sap, Kanter/Sap or Kanter/Favors lineups to finish games, especially when Al is playing soft.
Sean Elliott spent most of Spurs-Jazz talking about Gobert as if he were Godzilla. And he wasn't really wrong.
My thing is simple: I'll bet Ty Chandler has fantastic post stats. But if you actually posted him 12 times a night, he would be horrific.
Being able to create your own shot in the NBA is very underappreciated skill. Few players can really do it whatever their efficiency rates, and even less can do it in the post. Al can do that. The other guys we have can't.
How to use that ability would be my question. At present, I don't think we have a coach who knows how which is the theme of all my broken record posts.
FWIW, billy, I plugged a bunch of mysynergysports team stats into a spreadsheet a couple weeks ago.
As one would expect, the lowest PPP offense comes out of isos, postups and Pick and Roll ball handlers. This isn't (necessarily) because these are ineffective, it's because they can do a couple key things other offense can't (or generally don't):
1. Create easy shots for teammates.
2. Get shots consistently when the offense breaks down.
Not surprisingly, then, the most common shot type is the spot-up jumpshot, which is created (by in large) by the 3 aforementioned shot types.
The Jazz, in PPP, are currently 29th in P&R Ball handler, 14th in ISOs and 9th in postups. With the disorganized/poorly executed/non-existent offense the Jazz are running, they should be running a lot of the offense through the post IF all else is equal re: Creating offense for others.
Al gives the Jazz consistent offense when nothing else is available. He does so better than any other player on the team (although Kanter is sneaking up on him). Whether this offsets his mediocre vision/passing and piss-poor defense and transition play is hard to say. Given this uncertainty (at least IMO), I'd like to see Ty try using crunch time lineups not featuring Al, as he's done with Millsap.