October 16, 2011

NBA Blog Previews: Utah Jazz

After all that stability under Sloan, the times they are a changin' in Utah.

NBA Blogger Previews 2011 - The Utah Jazz - SLC Dunk

You would think that a team that lost its Hall of Fame coach of 23 years and traded their All-star point guard would have gaping holes.  You're not going to fill the shoes of either one of those guys but the Jazz head into the next season, whenever that may be, with a young and talented roster that could develop into a good team in the next couple of seasons.

One of the biggest needs the Jazz have is to decide what they're going to do with all of the big men they're collecting.  There's a limited amount of minutes to go around and there's a compelling argument  for each player to get those minutes.  Al Jefferson, Paul Millsap, Derrick Favors, Mehmet Okur, and Enes Kanter will be looking for playing time.  Kanter is probably the least deserving of the bunch right now, but he's going to be groomed to take over the starting center spot.  Next season will start out with Jefferson and Millsap on the floor for the tip and with Okur and Favors backing them up.  That leaves virtually zero development time for the #3 pick in the draft.  So whether it's through the amnesty clause or a trade, there will likely be a move to free up a spot in the front court.

Seems like "too many talented big men" is a good problem to have.

NBA Blog Previews: Utah Jazz
by Jeff Clark on Oct 6, 2011 8:15 PM EDT in NBA Previews

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