Before the "Sloan didn't play Deron either" argument spirals out of control, a couple of facts:
1.) Sloan admitted he probably should've played Deron more as a rookie.
2.) Even playing less than he likely deserved, Deron still started 47/80 games and averaged 29 min per - as a rookie.
3.) Prior to becoming a starter as a rookie, Deron's numbers were: 9.3pts/3.9ast/FG:38%FG/3pt:35% in 26.5 mpg. (Not much better than Palacio/McLeod)
As a starter 12.4pts/5.2ast/FG:47%/3pt:54% in 30mpg. He should've played more but he also didn't play well to start the season.
4.) In Deron's 2nd-season he started all 80 games and averaged 36.9 mpg. And he also spent some time that summer working w/former Jazz great John Stockton.
I see Favors' mpg go from 20.2 in 2011, to 21.2 in 11-12, to 22.0 in 12-13. I see Kanter improve by leaps&bounds yet his minutes progress only from 13.2 to 14.3 and sometimes he doesn't even get into the game in the 2nd-half. I see Burks go from 7 DNP-CD in 11-12 to 16 DNP-CD in 12-13. How can anyone see legitimate progression there?
"It's a loss. It's one loss on our home floor that we aren't happy with." -Ty Corbin, 12/26/12.
"It's one loss." -Ty Corbin, 1/11/13.
"Whether you lose by one or by 45 like we did tonight, it's one loss." -Ty Corbin, 1/28/13.
"It's one loss." -Ty Corbin, 4/3/13.
It's disappointing any time you don't make the playoffs." -Ty Corbin, 4/17/13.
I really wonder if by trading away Jefferson, we could unleash our offesnive potential.
Build a man a fire; keep him warm for a day. Light a man on fire and he will be warm for the rest of this life.
Repeating the same actions and expecting different results is the definition of insanity.
But consistent performance requires consistent opportunities. That is consistent. The team could be a lot better, roughly the same, or a little worse. I do not believe the Jazz would be a lot worse than they have been.
Playing well is priority #1 and nothing outside of that is really even close. If you're hoping someone else ****s up, then you don't deserve the break.
Play Millsap at the 3 for 8 minutes per game, cut Al's minutes by 4 and Paul's minutes by 2 per game, and you've created 14 additional minutes per game for Favors and Kanter.
I'm willing to give KOC/Lindsey through fee agency to see what direction they're going to take the team, as they have limited control over what moves they can make now (and might not get deals they think are better than the potential sign-and-trade value of pending free agents), but watching a re-hash of last season, while developing young talent, ready for more responsibility, is ignored on the bench game after game is tiresome.
I'm one of the more critical people of Jazz mgmt and coaching but I actually enjoyed the interview.
Two things stuck out to me:
-his mentioning Favors and Kanter commitment to winning. I think we see that but it is good to hear him talk about it. I remember when Al made those loser mentality comments last playoffs and jazz mgmt talked go him about it. I think they know Al's mentality but won't crush him publicly. Which is smart.
-I also liked that he mentioned that if we are contending we will go Into the Lux tax. They've done it before in Derons last year and he mentions that revenue sharing in the new CBA makes this easier.
I don't see a big trade happening this year.
If Burks keeps playing PG after Watson returns, I see us trying to sign-and-trade for an upgrade at SF.