Shot is one thing, but Thomas has definitely more experience in playing within the system at nba level. Hughes is complete rookie who missed a lot of time due to injury. In short term Thomas may be more likely to contribute in limited role.
It sure is a fun thing but I am not sure I would enjoy that idea if the Jazz were aroind the 6th spot now. I don't think it's the most fair system to be honest. Basically means those 72 games count differently for some teams. It also gives an extra rest advantage for top 2 seeds against their...
We already got a matchup we wanted last season and we were kicked out. If you are really aiming at the highest prize than you will have to beat great teams on the way. West is stacked and there is no way around imo.
I think it's a valid concern. Since he became the leading candidate for 6 MOY he's definitely been scouted better than last season or in the beginning of this one. And with Donovan out he may get more attention from the opponents.