Don't worry, I'm not going to make this thread about some sort of chicken wing rotisserie-kit.
I've been thinking about the strengths and weaknesses of this Jazz team, as well as areas in which we should hold onto the players we have; and areas in which we need improvement from our squad.
At the half way point, lets have some pros and cons (Note: I have not cross-referenced my findings with statistics. George don' have tym for that):
-Transition game seems improved. Hell, it seems very good. Hayward is great, Burks is rusty but the potential is there, and Tinsley is just unbelievably good at pushing the ball
- Al Jefferson's improvement in passing
- Kanter's and Favors's improvements in passing
- The growth of Gordon Hayward
- OUTSIDE SHOOTING
- Our wing rotation in general
- Halfcourt offensive-dynamicism has shown a recent trend in improvement
- No halfcourt offensive-consistency, whatsoever. In fact, whenever we are in need of a bucket in the half court (often late in 4th quarters), we have no choice but to feed it to Al. When Al is shut down by the other team's defense, we fall apart completely. I will elaborate on the reasoning behind this later
- Defense. Not sure where we are at relative to the league, but it certainly hasn't been pretty at times. Al Jefferson has shown little improvement. Millsap has been worse at times than recent memory. Favors is not getting enough minutes. Etc, etc. Notably, our PG rotation of Tinsley and Watson has lately left us susceptible to the will's of good PGs. Except for Irving recently, which I thought was interesting.
Personally, I am thinking that this Jazz team, coupled with consistency in the half-court, could be a very scary team for any opponent. Right now, the Jazz front office need to start thinking of Plan Bs (or a different Plan A altogether) once Jefferson is being focused on by the other team's defense.
Against Miami, we exploited this through a great showing of Gordon Hayward. However, can we count on him for this for the next few seasons??
This is where I think bringing in a solid point guard could give us an unbelievable boost forward.
I think Mr. O'Connor believed that Mo had the skills to truly harness, and improve the play of players, notably Favors, who might need offensive facilitation to get their scoring groove on.
Otherwise, we wil have to keep our fingers-crossed, and hope that our offensive-execution steadily improves, with more cuts from Carroll, Hayward, and Burks. Also, getting several shots with Hayward coming off screens late game a la JJ Reddick could be another thing to think about.
As far as positions are concerned:
Wing rotation: SET. Carroll; Burks; Hayward; Foye. Each player brings something else to the table. Throw in Marvin Williams, and you'll find that there is not a wing player in the NBA that this unit can't do a competent job of defending. Not to mention the 3 point shooting, cuts, tenacity, and rebounding that they all can offer.
Point Guard rotation: Mo Williams experiment is still not over, i guess. Still, I feel that his role is best as a backup. Tinsley is an amazing backup PG. Watson is certainly the odd one out here. What I would do for a 28 year old Tinsley......
Bigs: I am of the opinion that Millsap should be traded either for a point guard, or for a draft pick.
And there you have it. Hopefully this didn't bore y'all too much. Looking forward to an exciting latter 50%. Tell me what y'all think.