Is our wing rotation set?/ George's 'Halfway mark of the season' Thread
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.
Don't have time to read it, but good effort George.
Hey George, UGLI here.
Good thread with some good thoughts.
Glad to have ya contributing to the board.
Make jazzfanz UGLI Again
Thanks for the kind comments, Mr. UGLI. I was told that I was prepubescent. Is there anyway that I can quicken this hair growth?
Originally Posted by UGLI baby
There are several treatments I'd recommend, however I feel it's important for you to know that haters are going to hate no matter what you do.
Originally Posted by George
I'd just keep doing yor thang and dedicate all of your success to your haters.
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Any comments from the OP, Mr. Catchsome?
Originally Posted by Catchall
Nice thread George i enjoyed reading it. Tl;dr is just a thing that haters would say, cause thats a great post.
And a friendly suggestion for your case, i see you're suffering from it; use pine oil.
Pros: What to do with AJ/Millsap.
Cons: What to do with AJ/Millsap. Getting more minutes for Kanter/Favors.
I also think the SF/SG is not set. Have the Jazz improved? Certainly but the Jazz need another go to guy in the back court. A player who can make shots when the offense breaks down. This might be Burks in the future but right now they have an inconsistent Hayward and/or Foye.
Jazz need a true PG to run the half court stuff and still be able to push the tempo. Tinsley is a very good back up. Mo is more of a SG in a PG body. He is good at pushing tempo but not so great running the half court offense.
Another pro/con depending how you look at it, Jazz have a lot of expiring contracts so they have a chance to rebuild/fix the issues they have but they also could lose some of the pieces. I believe these next two years are critical in the longer term success of the franchise.
I think it makes a lot more sense to look at the Jazz's collection of perimeter players (including point guards). While the Jazz have some decent depth, they lack the top end talent that pretty much all other good teams have on the perimeter.
In the west:
Clips: Chris Paul
Spurs: Tony, Manu
Memphis: Gay, Conley
Denver: Lawson, Iggy
The best the Jazz have on the perimeter is Gordo. An upgrade is needed.
Dear God... another day without a game... I thought for sure the game against the Wiz was tonight. WTTFFF. 1 game in over a week? sdas'ldmweasdasdasd
One of my greatest frustrations this year is how Corbin is playing Hayward. He deserves much more than the 20-25 minutes Corbin is giving him each game. His limited playing time contributes to his perceived inconsistency. Many quality players start games out cold, but they are given enough playing time to play their way out and get into a rhythm. If Hayward is off to a slow start in any game, he isn't given the time to play his way out, rather in some cases, Corbin cuts his playing time that game.
Originally Posted by cowhide
I know that people here like to compare Hayward to Paul George, but if you look at George's box score, he is up and down on a regular basis, but he is playing well over 30 minutes a game consistently, so he is given the chance to play his way out of poor starts. Were he given the same time Hayward is, I think we would see very similar inconsistencies, while if Hayward were given George's playing time, I think we'd see a 16-17 point scoring average and a bit more consistency in terms of his scoring and other stats. (For the record, I think George is a great player--probably better than Hayward, I'm sorry to say.)
Although I was happy to see Foye have a great game against Cleveland, I think Hayward is by far the superior player, and I am growing frustrated to the point of losing interest altogether seeing how Corbin continues to limit Hayward's playing time for journeyman vets like Foye and Bell and Howard last year. For the love of God, I cannot figure out what Corbin's thinking and what the Jazz FO's plan is. Outside of Corbin, is there anyone anywhere else in the league who thinks that Foye is equal to Hayward or at least deserving of equal playing time?
I feel ya dog, its driving me crazy too
Originally Posted by Sneakers
ESPN did its Top 25 under 25 today.... not a single Jazz player.
Larry Sanders and Ed Davis made it though.
Originally Posted by Sneakers
Well that's just depressing.