I Got a feeling that tonight's gonna be a good night; that tonight's gonna be a good night;
that tonight's gonna be a good good night; wooh hoo (x4) - For Cy
Yet, you are telling me that what Sea/OKC did was wrong, and what the Jazz are doing is the right thing to do.
I'm not saying it's bad policy to get and play the best players possible. I'm saying take a view longer than ONE game or ONE season. If we are only looking at ONE season, then the Jazz did the right thing. They made the playoffs in ONE season, made some money, and were slightly better than 1/2 the teams in the NBA. Good for them.
If we look at the long term view, what did the Jazz actually accomplish?
1 - They don't know what they have in Favors. Favors is now due an extension, and the Jazz don't know if he can be a starter in the NBA and is worth 10 million or more per season. They will have to take a gamble on Favors panning out. Had they not had Al last year, they would have now had at LEAST a full year of games to evaluate Favors and get him a more predictable contract.
2 - Kanter missed out on a year of developing on the court. With Kanter's work ethic, how much more productive would his offseason had been last summer if he had more experience? He would know more specific things to work on, been more efficient, and possibly an even better player this year.
3 - The Jazz essentially wasted a year on a rookie deal with Kanter and Favors. This is HUGE, seeing how Utah is a small market team and will never be able to pay three max deals.
4 - The potentially missed out on Lilliard and Harrison Barnes. The last draft was unique in that they Jazz had a chance to get TWO top ten picks. But getting swept by SA was much, much more valuable.
The message the organization sent last year was:
1 - They care about the money overall.
2 - Being elite isn't important, just getting yours is.
3 - Vets are much more important than developing talent.
4 - Take as many shots as you want, you don't have to play defense, and we don't run an offensive system anymore. If you get the ball, try to score. Pass if you want.
Look at Watson's numbers:
2 pts, 4 assists, 30% fg, 19% 3pt
19 pts, 6 assists, 42% fg, 35% 3pt.
Compare Marvin to Harrison. Marvin:
9 pts, 4 rebs, 43% fg, 35% 3pt
7 pts, 3 rebs, 40% fg, 33% 3pt.
And remember, getting those two players would have been WORST case scenario last year. Well, second to worst case scenario. Worst case scenario is what happened.
We get rid of Al last year, we absolutely suck, and end up with a lottery pick. Your worst case scenario as a fan, because it shows the world that we want to be the Timberwolves because we played our future over mediocre present, would have made us the most talented team in the NBA.
That is my point. Worst case scenario (in your eyes), we become the best team in the NBA.
We need to get rid of crappy vets and play the young 'uns. We have the talent, we need to see if it will develop. Al and Paul and Corbin (it isn't Foye/Marvin/Watson/Tinsley's fault Corbin plays them over better players) can't be here for us to do that.