Favors’ Future Becomes Jazz’s Dilemma

The Jazz have a 6-foot-10 problem. His name is Derrick Favors.

The problem? As he told Jody Gennesy of the Deseret News, Favors is tired of being mostly a spectator:

“I want to play more than what I played last year,” Favors admitted. “If it’s starting, cool. If it’s coming off the bench, cool. I don’t mind. I just want to play more. I don’t want to sit on the bench no more.

“I just want to play more. I’m starting to get used to the NBA now. As a player, you have that certain pride about yourself. As a player, you want to finish games. You want to stay in the game.”

OK, it’s more of dilemma than a problem for coach Ty Corbin, because Favors has never been anything but a happy camper and contented member of the program since joining the franchise.

But after an impressive performance in Utah’s first-round ouster against San Antonio last spring, this could be the time when the 21-year-old is ready to take the next step. In the Jazz’ 4-0 sweep loss to the Spurs, Favors averaged 11.8 points and 9.5 rebounds in 29 minutes per game.

The trouble is that to get Favors more playing time than the 20 minutes a night he played during the regular season a year ago, it’s going to require squeezing elsewhere in the lineup.

The simplest solution, of course, would be to put the guy that could become the next franchise player into the starting lineup in place of Paul Millsap. But Millsap, the seven-year veteran, was steadily productive all through last season.

If Corbin were to slide Favors into the middle to let him take advantage of his athleticism at center, he’d be cutting from the minutes of Al Jefferson, who averaged 34 minutes and is the horse that the Jazz can count on riding every night.

The third option is the one that many Jazz fans might favor, which is to use Millsap, Jefferson and Favors together across a front line that helped Utah make its late drive into the playoffs.

In the short term, it’s situation that Corbin will have to begin sorting out in training camp, because the Jazz will need to have a steady plan and rotation in order to grow.

In the long term, it’s one of the first to confront new general manager Dennis Lindsey in his first season on the job.

Is it time to move either Millsap or Jefferson to get the help on the wing and in the backcourt that the Jazz need? Favors appears ready. That’s a good problem to have.

61 Comments

  1. kirilenkojrs says:

    It’s nice to see a lot of people not sleeping on this Jazz team.

    This is what I am thinking as a rotation

    Starting/Second/Third

    PG- Williams (24 min)/Foye(18 min)/Watson or Tinsley (6 min)
    SG- Bell (27 min)/Hayward (7 min)/Burks (14 min)
    SF- Hayward (23 min)/Williams (17 min)/Millsap (8 min)
    PF- Favors (28 min)/Millsap (20 min)
    C- Jefferson (30 min)/ Kanter (18 min)

    Winding down w/ a big man team
    WilliamsMo, Hayward, Millsap, Favors, Jefferson

    Winding down w/ a small team- same as lineup

    • CoachAiree says:

      The Jazz would be complete idiots to be starting Raja Bell after him being the bench warmer last year

  2. damon107 says:

    Favors is legit. Its Hayward/Favors breakout party this year , watch out NBA.

    Jefferson’s contract is a problem in trades for what the jazz need. Lots of rumors and O’conner interviews stating efforts in trying to move Millsap and Jefferson for picks and players this entire off season. no bites so far.

    Best lineup combo:

    Mo
    Hayward
    Ma Williams
    Millsap
    Favors

    That is a defensive WALL. 4 wingspanned shot blockers and Mo to run the point. Hayward was the Jazz go to defensive wing player last year. He had to use all energy on defense guarding Durant, Kobe, Lebron, Mello and even some PG’s like Tony Parker in the playoffs. This year he has some good help with Marvin Williams, and Hayward should be able to have the energy to put into his offensive game.

  3. Utah Jazzman says:

    I agree with you guys smh… The Jazz probably have the best big rotation in the NBA and that’s why they are having a hard time which guy should start and how many minutes do they play. Jazz need Paul Millsap to become a sixth man of the year this season like a James Harden coming off the bench and bringing energy like Favors did at the end of the season and the playoffs. Let Favors shine let Millsap bring energy off the bench. Jazz do need a young Point Guard which they could get this next offseason or from Golden State’s first round pick to get PG than the Jazz’s future is set. The Jazz definitely have better bigs than the Spurs because Millsap and Jefferson are in their prime and Favors ,Kanter, and Evans are still young guns. So I don’t see the Spurs getting better in old BIGS. Since the Jazz have Dennis Lindsey as GM plus Kevin O’Connor as vice executive. He would make the right moves to put the Jazz in position into being title contenders in the near future and be like the Spurs. Spurs used the Jazz ideas from the Stockton Malone era to win 4 championships. It is time we use the Spurs ideas to win championship. That all depends on the Development of Hayward, Favors, Burks, Kanter, other young players on the Jazz, and future draft pick from Golden State development. The Jazz are moving the right direction.

  4. bladedude says:

    You start favors pf, millsap sf, jefferson c, Williams g, and Hayward sg. This would create a matchup nightmare for most teams. Millsap has a great fade away jumper and can post up players easily. Offensive rebounding would be in utahs advantage. This lineup would still be able to run the floor even with a big lineup. Oh and don’t forget about Kantor coming off the bench. You also have the option of going small. If utah can improve there outside shooting, they could become a dangerous team this year. To bad they couldn’t make a deal for ryan anderson.

  5. you guys smh says:

    whoever says we should trade favors(future superstar, and defensive player of the year) or kanter dumb, whoever says the spurs bigs are better than the jazz is dumb

    lets see last time i checked tim duncan is 36, boris diaw is 30, tiago splitter is 27, matt bonner is 32, dejuan blair is 23

    the jazz al jefferson is 28, paul millsap is 28, derrick favors is 21, enes kanter is 20, jeremy evans is 25,

    age isn’t everyhting but in this case it just might be, bonner is just a three point shooter, blair is injury prone, splitter is nice but(look at jazz bigs), diaw whatever, duncan may still be productive but is really old.

    jefferson has the best post game in the nba, millsap did someone say 6th man of the year, derrick favors did someone say future superstar and defensive player of the year, kanter did someone say an up and coming young big who could average at least 15 and 10. jeremy evans, slam dunk champion, with an ever improving game but might not become anything more than energy though.

    i would say the jazz beat that, oh and millsap can hit a three, and kanter has the ability to hit a three, fyi

    as for the jam and playing time, i say do this

    williams/tinsley/watson
    hayward/burks/foye
    williams/caroll/evans
    favors/milsap/evans
    jefferson/kanter

    workout the minutes, play and continually evaluate make a decision at the deadline, between jefferson and millsap or both, unless of course favors or kanter bust(unlikely though)

    yes we do need an upgrade at pt guard, but we have at least 31 million in cap space all the way up to 56 million in cap space next year(expirings, and team and player options) plus our own first round draft pick, and golden states first round draft pick.

    i don’t blame you for sleeping on the jazz, in say the jazz won’t make the playoffs but fact of the matter is we will make the playoffs.

    why:
    we made the playoffs last year as an inexperienced lots of weaknesses
    internal growth from favors, hayward, burks, kanter, evans, caroll, maybe millsap and jefferson
    at least bandaided the 3-pt shooting problem with both williams, foye, and improvment from hayward, burks, millsap
    in my eyes mo is a slight upgrade over devin, but not much, at least he can hit the three better plus better defense
    marvin and foye(both good shooters, one is an elite defender, the other might be average) replace miles, howard, bell those are clear upgrades
    a full training camp
    regular practice
    experience from last year
    better rotations from corbin
    learn from mistakes
    i could go on

    thanks for sleeping on us, it will make it much better next year playoff time

    and if you call me out on not being an expert, well neither are you.

  6. Utah Jazzman says:

    And to the Dew….The Spurs have good bigs, A lot of other teams have good bigs too like the lakers, but they do not have good backups like the Spurs. Tim Duncan is getting old, even though he can still play the game, Dejuan Blair seems to have lot of injuries, Bonner can only shoot threes, and I don’t know what Splitter does, but Stephan A. Smith makes fun out of him and didn’t you see the video of Favors blocking Splitter on this page. Boris Diaw and Bonner are just as old as Millsap and Jefferson, but they don’t have the same stats as them. Splitter and Blair are young too, but I don’t see them being better than Favors or Kanter in the future. Yes obviously there are teams that have better centers and power forwards than the Jazz, but don’t rely on there back-up to cover for them when they’re injured. Paul Millsap is a good three point shooter. He doesn’t shoot them all the time, but he knocks them down when he needs to. Kanter is probably like a Splitter right now, but bigger and better post player than him and younger too. So not many people in the NBA that they can rotate 3 great big man, that’s why the Jazz have this problem right now to decide which one to play. Jeremy Evans and Kanter are good solid players at the moment. That is also why the Spurs had a hard time playing against the Jazz bigs last palys when they, put Millsap, Favors, and Jefferson together and made a 5 or 6 game winning streak at the end of the season that made them get to the Playoffs. Even though the Jazz might have to trade one of those three I think a lot of teams will have a hard time focusing on Favors ,Millsap, and Jefferson all together.

  7. Utah Jazzman says:

    The Jazz don’t need to trade anyone right now, but say if Millsap and Jefferson don’t resign with the Jazz next offseason, they will get nothing for them. I just have wait and see how the season plays out. Jazz are a good team, but not a great team, The Jazz were sweeped by the Spurs last Playoffs because the were inexperienced and the Spurs were just the better team. This year they will learn from that experience and might have a good playoff run this year, but if you want to win Championship you have to have All-Stars on your team like the Heat. The young Favors and Hayward are into their 3rd season where they’ll get the most production and show their full potential into being all-stars. Sure that Jefferson and Millsap could have been All- Stars last year, but I don’t see them getting much better even though there is always room for improvement. If the Jazz want to have a Malone-Stockton era again in Utah to not being pretenders but contenders they definitely need to play all of their young players more. Who knows what they could become. The future is bright for the Jazz, but they can’t have no future if they don’t play there future enough. Veterans can be reliable and all, but they don’t know that the young players can better than them in their future when the veterans were in prime. The Jazz supporting cast does not need to be changed besides getting a young point guard. I think the Jazz young core 4 has watched and learned from the bench long enough. Let the young players show the league who they are and what they bring to the table.

    • steve says:

      THE ONLY THING TO MOVE FORWARD IS THE YOUNGER,,WITH VETS,,IS TIME TO DO IT..CORBIN,,HAS BEEN VERY ON TOP OF THAT PRESENTS..HE SEES WHAT A PLAYER POSSITIVES ARE,,AND USES THEM,,AGAIN IT COMES DOWN TO TIME…AND THAT THEY HAVE…LET 12-13 ROCK AND ROLL GO JAQZZ NATION….STEVE

  8. VC15 says:

    Derrick Favors is the future of the Jazz. He has tremendous potential. I say they try to resign Jefferson for another 2 years, just to give Kanter some more time to develop, because he has the potential to be a 20-10 threat in the NBA in a few years. They need to trade Millsap before the trade deadline because he’s most likely going to want a longterm contract extension, and I just don’t see him and Favors playing well together. They can get some really nice players for him, at this point in his career. He’s young, extremely productive and efficient. It would be best if they traded for a decent PG and a few draft picks. If they move Millsap before the season starts, I think that would work out best. Favors has a much higher ceiling than him, anyways.

    But now the question is, which PG do they get? Maybe Sessions, if the Bobcats are willing to depart with him, before even giving him a chance to play with them. Maybe Chalmers, as he has good potential as well. If I were the Jazz, I would build for the future. Stack up on draft picks, and young players. Let’s face it, they’re not winning a championship any time soon, and they’re struggle to make the playoffs.

  9. kw says:

    slcjosh nailed it! I love his line up and why. the jazz dont need to worry about trading till next year. let this year decide who goes and who stays. Millsap may go for a pg or sg and i could see that but it could be jumping the gun a little.

  10. willie says:

    whatever the jazz does with its current lineup, they won’t win…. just bring back stockton and malone…. better yet, relocate the team…. there are only 6-7 teams with real championship chances every year…. these are the big market teams….

  11. mason says:

    And what are the jazz going to do when jeremy evans wants to play he’s a pf also whome they just resigned for 25 million and I think three years he’s gonna want playing time as well I think the jazz are really solid at the power forward and center and they actually have a lot of options at small forward and and the sg position is where there stuck the most mo williams should be good at the point hopefully more consistant than harris was then the jazz also have randy foye whose a awesome three point shooter so if the jazz start williams hayward millsap favors jefferson and then have the back ups as like randy foye alec burks then you have marvin williams back up millsap at the sf jeremy evans back up favors and enes kanter can back up jefferson I think that would be the jazz best way to go because millsap can play at the small forward spot and hold his own and hayward can start at the two it doesn’t really matter as long as he’s on a wing.

    • steve says:

      RIGHT ON THE JAZZ HAVE GUYS THAT CAN COME OFF THE FLOOR AND NOT MISS A BEET,,,NO FALL OFF,,AND AT ANY POSSTION,,THAT HAS NOT BEEN THE WAY IN THE PAST,,INCLUDING THE STOCKTON MALONE YEARS,,THOSE GUYS ARE YOUNG,,AND ITS TIME TO SEE WHAT THEY DO THIS NEW YEAR,,TRADEING A GUY WITH OUT HAVEING TIME TO JELL WITH WHAT THEY HAVE,,AND ONLY PLAYED 1 YEAR TOGETHER IS DUMB,,U HAVE TO HAVE TIME TOGETHER BEFORE U RIP IT APART,,THEY NEED MORE TIME,,AND NOT LIKE OTHER TEAMS WHO IF THINGS DONT WORK OUT THE FIRST TEN MIN,,THEY WANT TO TRADE,,OR FIRE A COACH,,THATS DUMB..NO STABILIYT…FOR THE REST OF THE 29…GO JAZZ NATION…

  12. slcjosh says:

    Favors should start, hes too big of a defensive threat not too. you start mo williams, gordon hayward (a very solid defender), marvin williams (an elite wing defender), favors at the 4 and jefferson at the 5. The reason you do this is you have 4 very good defenders on the court, including 2 elite defenders in favors, who can protect the paint, and marvin williams who can slow down elite wing players, You can then lean on Jefferson and Hayward to create offense, and let your guys like mo williams, marvin williams fill to space to knock down open jump shots, favors to cut hard tot he basket, etc. Then you sub millsap in, if he plays his game he has a chance to win 6th man of the year. you then rotate in burks who is not quite ready to start but can contribute, along with a more developed Kanter, and the Jazz are going to be a very dangerous team. any way you slice it, the jazz are very deep, young and athletic. This team will be a blast to watch.

  13. Dew says:

    And to the Jazzman…the Spurs have 5 big men. Diaw, Duncan, Splitter, Bonner, and Blair. All capable players and if the situation presented itself, they could all potentially be starters in this league. At some point, all of them have started for the Spurs at some point. So do not say anyone in the NBA. Compared to Utah however, the Spurs can afford to trade 1 of their big men (most likely being Blair). I’d say all 4 on Utah can stick around and no trade is necessary for them to be competitive. Sure, Millsap is likely the most expendable here to get a point guard or another shooter/defender. But I would put the Spurs big men up against probably anyone else in the league and take them over just about anyone right now. Spurs bigs in Diaw and Bonner can even hit the 3 ball for you. I do not see Jefferson, Favors or Kanter or even Millsap shooting 3s anytime soon.

  14. Dew says:

    Best solution is to go with Jefferson, Favors, Millsap, Hayward, and Williams. Especially at the end of games where you need defense, rebounding, and inside scoring. Millsap is more than capable of defending from the 3 position and can stick with guys like Bron, Melo and Durant. No one can really ”stop” guys like them, but Millsap I am sure with help D can do a good job and honestly I like him more there than anyone else on Utah. If the only solution is to bring Favors off the bench, then you need to so it 5 minutes into a ball game and pretty much keep him on the floor unless he gets in foul trouble or fatigued. Good thing about this is you can replace him with a shooter to spread the floor more with, or bring someone like Kanter or Millsap/Jefferson back into the game if they were taken out. Utah has options and it is never a bad thing when you have a lot of options to go with.

    • steve says:

      RIGHT ON!!!!!!! THE JAZZ ARE WERE THEY CAN SUB FOR ANOTHER AND NOT LOSE MUCH AT ALL..THATS Y WE KEEP PAUL AND EVERYBODY,,AND SEE WHAT THEY CAN DO AFTER ONLY 1 YEAR TOGETHER,,TIME WILL DECIDE THAT,,THATS WHAT JAZZ NATION IS LOOKING FORWARD TO!!!! RIGHT ON DEW!!!!!!! STEVE

  15. Utah Jazzman says:

    The Jazz need more minutes for Favors and Burks, Kanter needs a season to develop more. No one in the NBA can say that they have 4 very good bigs like the Jazz do and also including Jeremy Evans. It will be hard for Jazz fans to see Millsap go, but we need to build for the future. Jazz should trade Millsap for a young point guard so that they can have young good players in every position that will all need to develop into all-stars or great players, The Jazz got all veterans in the PG position like Mo, Tinsley, and Watson so why can we get a young player that could develop like a Deron Williams or other point guards. For this year all vets need to be on the bench except for Mo Williams and Al Jefferson. Paul Millsap has the likings to becoming sixth man of the year. With Foye Marvin Williams, Jeremy Evans, Kanter, Kevin Murphy, and Demarre Carroll on the bench. They are covered in every position besides the PG position. I don’t know if teams would be giving up Damion Lillards or Kyrie Irvings for a Paul Millsap and a vet PG. I would want to see Gordan Hayward and D- Favors having a breakout season this year and Burks and Kanter to have more minutes on the court for this season. For now though my starting line-up is this. PG: Mo Williams, SG: Burks, SF: Hayward, PF: Favors, C: Jefferson.

    • steve says:

      PAUL MILSAP BRINGS MORE THAN WHAT ANY OF U HAVE STATED…1 HE HAS INPROVED EVERY YEAR HE BEEN HERE…ALL OF U CAN SAY HIS SHORT COMINGS IS HE S 6’8…LAST YEAR HE WAS 18PTS AND 8REB..PER GAME..HIS 3 YEAR REB CHAMPTIONSHIP IN COLLAGE WAS NO MISTAKE…HE IS ALMOST 20 AND 10…AND HES OUTSIDE SHOT HAS BEEN INPROVED ALL BUT NET..HE HAS A DRIVE THAT MAKES C.BOOZER LOOK LIKE A JR HIGH PLAYER,,NO EXTRA EFFORT…PAUL MILSAP GIVES MORE THAN 18 AND 8..SO MANY PEOPLE LIKE LA..EXCEPT ME,,BUT WHEN THEY HAD ODEM,,GASOL,,BYNEM,,THEY GAVE EVERY TEAM FITS TO GET 2 PTS INSIDE…THE JAZZ HAVE THAT INSIDE PRESENTS NOW,,JUST YOUNGER,,BUT IN ADDITION,,THEY GOT HELP ON THE OUTSIDE LIKE THEY HAVENT HAD SINCE HORECEK…WITH FOYE,,MARVIN WILLAMS,,ALEX BURKS,,HE GOING TO GIVE SO GUARDS FITS THIS YEAR,,AND TINSLEY,,WHO IS GREAT ON AND OFF THE FLOOR,,HIS PRESENTS IN THE LOOKER ROOM HAS MADE A MAJOR DIFFRENTCE..AS HE HAS TAKEN WHAT REGEE MILLER DID WITH THE PACERS,,AND HAS MADE A GREAT CONTRABUTION..SO MILSAP IS GOING NO WHERE,,BECAUSE WE CANT GET BACK WHAT PAUL DELIVERS,,AND IS,,HED BE A ALL-STAR IN THE EAST..TO TOUGH IN THE WEST,,WITCH IS FINE HE CAN REST TILL THE SECOND HAFE OF THE SEASON STARTS..SORRY ANY OF U WANT A GUY ON YOUR TEAM FOR NOTHING,,HE’S STAYING RIGHT HERE..GO JAZZ NATION..STEVE

  16. Liam says:

    He should of started last season, it’s just the Jazz has a loaded Frontcourt (Something rare in todays game). They better move Millsap soon or he will leave at FA and you do not want that.

  17. Rockerus says:

    Whoever suggests that Favors should be traded has either bumped their head or hasn’t been paying attention. Favors is the future of the franchise. The Jazz should move Jefferson and keep the hard working veteran Millsap. They will take a scoring hit this season but be better in the long run. This will not only make room for Favors to get more minutes, but also for the 19 year old Canter.

  18. raffy says:

    it would indeed be best to put millsap on the small forward, utah has more than enough players
    to play the center and powerforward, as they can try a three man rotation using al jefferson enes kanter an derrick favors
    paul millsap would also make a good smal forward, by the way even though gordon hayword is a smal forward
    he still has the ability to play shot gaurd if it is needed

  19. KY Gibby says:

    When favors was a highschool star I was able to watch him play and he had a huge game in which he primarily was the ball handler and scorer. I think that with his length, size athleticism, and the talent I’m certain he still possesses or could easily re-hone, He could easily play the 3 spot and move Hayward to the 2 and they’d have a very tall, fairly athletic, feasibly talented line-up.

  20. Eddie Carolan says:

    Would there be a way that the Jazz could play tall through the season. Everyone knows that Hayward has guard skills having played in that position for most of his life before his last year in college. Is there a way that you could play tall for all the positions other then pointguard? Mo Williams will most likely run the point, Put hayward at 2 guard spot and us the front line of Millsap, Favours and Jefferson. I know that what they might lose in mobility and ideas could be outweighed by the intimidating height that all would provide. It’s just a thought but in a Western Conference that is completely crowded with elite players, it may be best to come at it from a different angle if you dont have the 1 on 1 skills of the other teams.

  21. op says:

    The Jazz can easily trade Jefferson bo basically any team in the league, because you can hardly find a big man with consistent numbers he produces almost every given night…From what i saw in the Summer League, Kanter is a work in progress(he needs to lose i think only 35-40 pounds and he could be probably the best back up center in the league), Jeremy Evans showed improvement on D(just what Utah needs on the block), and with his freakin’ athleticism, we should expect a spark off the bench…and Milsap is a fan favourite so i don’t see a reason to trade him…So let’s say Big Al for DeRozan, Calderon and some draft picks, sounds pretty good to me…a win-win…I don’t think Utah needs any type of Drama in the summer, based on the fact that they have the pieces to make a trade and solidify their roster and position for years to come…..

  22. ernie says:

    favors is 21 yrs old, people have to understand that he played better then every veteran on the jazz roster. People won’t he was the best player in the four game sweep to the spurs. Favors is a proven defender, now the Utah front office must consider to start Favors so he can develop his offensive side. Favors is the star in the making.

  23. Lakers4Life says:

    Their problem is that they’ve got two beast players at the 4 and the 5 and another potential beast wants in. They probably want to trade him. Maybe to the spurs along with Kanter for Leonard and someone like Bonner.

    Next years lineup:
    Williams
    Burks/Hayward
    Hayward/whoever they can get by trading Favors
    Millsap
    Jefferson
    Their problem now is that they’re too small. Good luck, Jazz.

    • raffy says:

      if they were to trade kanter and favors i’d smack myself if all the would get is bonner and leonard, they are great players
      but both kanter ad favors are friggin animals

  24. tian_overide says:

    I think Favors has a point. He should play more for people to see what kind of player he really is. How would you if he is a good player or not if you won’t use as much. He was 3rd overall in the draft and I think when you get drafted as high as he is you deserve the chance to play more minutes. People don’t draft you that high because they want you to be a role player,

    I think best case scenario here for the jazz is to trade millsap. Millsap is a good player, but can he really play better or improve more than what he is now? I think favors has a higher ceiling than millsap anyway. Trade millsap for a sf or pg. I don’t really believe mo williams is an upgrade over devin.

    The point here is that favors can never develop into a great/good player unless millsap is there. They can’t co-exist simply because both of them are still young and it’s unfair if you cut some minutes from millsap he is playing well he deserved it it’s just that in this case you don’t have a choice but to let one them go.

  25. mason says:

    And maybe doing a deal for kanter wouldn’t be a bad idea because the jazz also just resigned jeremey evans to like a three year deal and he was last years slam dunk champ. And he’s gonna want to play to but randy foye was the leagues best 3 point shooter so the jazz did add some range with that deal then mo williams is more of a steady contributer than harris was

  26. NBATrueFan says:

    And this was my problem with drafting Kanter in the first place… Favors should be the backup PF for Millsap AND the backup Center for Jefferson. I’d rather move Kanter for a shooter and keep Utah’s big 3 in tact. Favors isn’t demanding to start, and absorbing Kanter’s 13 mpg into his should be good enough to keep him happy.

  27. The facts says:

    The best thing to do is to trade Tabors. Utah is now in a point guard leauge and they seem commuted to their big men so trade tabors for a point gaurd.

  28. jeremy says:

    favors and hayward play awesome together. milsap and jefferson play pretty good together too. but i would love to see more hayward and favors playing together they just seem to have that nitch where they just know what the other person is thinking and make a play out of it.

  29. mason says:

    The jazz should keep favors and jefferson as the starting players at the 4 and 5 spots start milsap at the 3 have marvin williams back him up then you could start gordon hayward at the 2 and let burks play his back up or randy foye then obviously start mo williams at the point then I’d let tinsley back up williams as he’s more of a traditional point guard than earl watson is.

  30. Bret says:

    I don’t see this being much of an issue really, the Jazz just need to figure out their game plan going forward. For this year, rotating Milsap, Jefferson, and Favors, with some minutes for Kanter is fine, there are plenty of minutes there to keep them all happy, and you need depth to go deep in the playoffs. Milsap is the guy who should be moved, eventually, whether that’s this year or a season or two down the road has yet to be seen. Right now, the biggest weakness they have is at PG. Mo Williams and Tinsley, are you kidding me? If they’re even going to make the playoffs, they’ll need to do something to upgrade that position. So, that’s what I see happening, they need to find a way to swap Milsap for a floor general, not really sure what options they have there, but it’ll likely have to wait until closer to the trade deadline when a team trying to make a push is looking for a PF or maybe an injury could leave a hole that someone will need to fill. Aside from the PG position, Utah looks good, they’ve got Burks at SG, Hayward at SF who can play some SG and let Marvin Williams play at the SF. They’re stacked in the post. But like I said, without someone to lead the team from the PG position, they’ll struggle.

  31. Utah’s going to have a problem if this guy is healthy and his contract is up. I believe he’s going to a bigger market.

  32. Bhoff says:

    Corbin is both the problem and the solution!!!! Last year he cow-towed to C.J. Miles and other veterians!!! He needs to take control of the team and hold his players accountable for stinking it up!!! Favors did nothing but earn more playing time alongslide Milsap!!! Jefferson is a huge black hole for the ball! Jefferson needs to roam the week side and learn how to get an offensive rebound and put backs! Favors is the future, and if Corbin, Jefferson, Millsap, and everyone including Hayward dont realize this then Favors will go somewhere else and become an all-star!!! Wake up and smell the coffee, you non drinking coffee fans in Utah!!! Feel free to demonstrate the fact that you are a moron and know nothing about basketball, and reply to this post with something about how Jefferson dominated during the 4-0 sweep by the Spurs!!! I think all the Utah fans that were around to watch how John and Karl lead us to the finals in 97 & 98 jumped ship to Laker land because no one around here will criticize Corbin for not standing up to guys with big contracts who dont perform!

  33. Cwall says:

    In the end i believe that the Jazz will end up trading millsap because favors fits in more at pf than center. Also the Jazz will eventually realize sometime this year that this year is the year to trade millsap because these are the years that you’re getting the most production out of him and therefore he has the most trade value of his career right now.

  34. Sea Pea says:

    Hey does anybody know that Devin Harris is in Atlanta now? :) Did you also know that he isn’t in Utah anymore?

  35. EveryName says:

    In the end I think either Jefferson or Millsap needs to go. There were reports early on about a Jefferson for Iggy trade but after he went to the Nuggets I think that’s out of the question. In terms of replaceability, I think a Center like Al Jefferson is much harder to find. I still don’t understand how he hasn’t been in an All-Star Game considering he averages like 20-10. I think Millsap is more replaceable especially considering it’s Favor’s natural spot. But I know Jazz fans love Millsap more because he was drafted by them in the 2nd round and has now become a star. If neither of them goes by the start of the season, I think Favors should get at least 25-30 minutes a game considering how good he is/could become. Another option would be a Williams-Hayward-Millsap-Favors-Jefferson lineup. Obviously this would be a really big lineup considering both Hayward and Millsap are 6-8/6-9 and will be playing wing positions but it could cause some serious problems for the other teams. Offensively, it would be very difficult to score in the paint because you basically have 3/4 big men playing defense at the same time. Defensively you would have to keep Jefferson, Millsap, and Favors out of the paint and if you double teamed, you have Hayward and Williams knocking down threes. Both Jefferson and Millsap’s contracts expire next season so I think the 2013 Off-season is when the Jazz really needs to make a long-term decision.

  36. Stephen E. Davis III says:

    I like the Utah line up now. Alec Burks should start at 2 guard, he can flat out play, Gordon Hayward should play the three and Milsap and Jefferson at 4 and 5. Mo williams is the Utah starting point guard. They should have kept Harris at point off the bench, Utah still need think they need an upgrade other than Tinsley. But, if he could come back as the player he was with the Pacers. Is Barbosa still avalable? He is a spark plug Utah can use off the bench.

    The bench looks it’s best in 5 years. Marvin Williams, Favors and Folye must each average 10 + points a game. Kaner is still a project, but after his first season in the league he should start to settle. But, he is going to need 15 + mins a game to grow as a player. A 82 game season will put some wear and tear on Jefferson banging every night. I say let big boy bang the daylights out of guys like D. Howard, and the other top Centers, it will help his development.

    Weakness is that Utah has no outside game. Burks and Hayward need to improve from behind the 3 point marker. CJ Miles should have been resigned. But, Utah had to make playing time for Hayward and Burks.

    Utah will finish as the 5th or 6th seed in the west. Corbin has a chance to instill his will on this team with a full training camp. He deserved more vote as coach of the year last year.

    • dattebayo says:

      LAL – LAC – DEN – MEM – OKC – SAS – MIN will make the playoffs, Utah will have to fight Dallas, Goldenstate and the Suns for the 8th seed…

  37. joegotnext says:

    its time to check your options, move one of the big three in my eyes it would be milsap. i love the guys effort but favors maybe something special MAYBE, plus they need help in the back court and on the wing and you can never have tomany bigs in the west.

    PS. Don’t EVER CLICK MY NAME!! You Have Been Warned devon haris got moved for marvin williams

  38. chandler says:

    devin hariis got traded stupid

  39. they should just trade favors and put gordon hayward on starting….hayward is a really good player if develped and if focused (he is always distracted by his starcraft) …but if he plays on the 100% of his potential…he might be better than favors in my opinion…or you can move hayward at SG and devin harris at PG then those 3 fron court players

    • QuestionMark says:

      starting Favors, Milsap and Jefferson together won’t work at all, that line up is too big and Favors can’t match up against players like Durant, Lebron, Melo, Igoudala, etc.

      • CEVDAWG says:

        FAVOR WOULDN’T MOVE TO SF MILSAP WOULD THEY WOULD PUT JEFFERSON AT PF AND FAVORS AT CENTER…. MILSAP IS VERSATILE ENOUGH TO PLAY SF AND ANYONE IN THE LEAGUE WOULD HAVE A PROBLEM WITH DURANT AND LEBRON BUT IGGY EHH HE HAS NP REAL POSITION HE’S JUST A SWINGMAN THAT DOES IT ALL

      • YdocRevod says:

        Favors wouldn’t be guarding any of those players, he would be guarding Ibaka, Gasol, Dirk etc. Power Forwards, not Small Forwards

      • steve says:

        Ah,,the Jazz went to Miami with that line up that went to overtime to beat the heat,,with MILSAP SCORING 43 PTS,,THIS IS THE DEAL…THEY HAVE PLAYED LESS THAN HAFE A SEASON TOGETHER,,THE RESULT TO FIND WHAT WORKS,,IS SIMPLE…THIS TEAM NEEDS TIME TOGETHER,,THATS WHY THEY WENT TO THE PLAYOFFS..YES THEY DID LOSE..BUT LOTS OF GOOD THINGS WERE COMING TOGTHER..THE LAKERS HAD THERE BIG 3 TOGHTHER EVERYONE HAD A HELL OF A TIME TO GET 2 PTS IN THE PAINT BECAUSE OF IT…THAT IS WHAT IS GOING TO CARRY THE JAZZ,,,TALL IN THE PAINT,,,AND YOUNG AND EXPERENCE BACKCORT…PLUS…CORBIN HAS THE PLAYERS EARS,,,AND BUYING WHAT HE SAYS…THAT IS BIG WHEN YOUR PUTTING TOGETHER A TEAM,,A YOUNG TEAM,,WITH BEING PLAYING AS 1 UNIT….SO LADYS AND GENTS,,,I THINK THE LAKERS ARE GOING TO WIN IT ALL,,BUT THE JAZZ WILL GIVE THE REST OF THE LEAUGE FITS…WE HAVE GUYS WHO WILL BRING THE 3PTSER INTO THE GAME,,NICELY,,AND THE FRONT COURT SHOULD HAVE SOME FUN BECAUSE IT…THE JAZZ HAVE MADE SOME GREAT MOVES OVER THE SUMMER MR.O’CONNER DID A GREAT JOB,,HE GOT WHAT HE WANTED BEFORE EVERYONE STARTED MOVING AROUND…STUDY THE ROSTER,,AND U WILL SEE,,,A TEAM THAT NEEDS TO STAY TOGETHER,,U DONT WIN IT ALL AFTER 1 SEASON,,KNOWONE HAS,,EVEN MIKE,,DIDNT…THE JAZZ NEED TO STAY WHERE THEY ARE IN EVERY WAY,,SO WATCH OUT,,THIS IS A WARNING TO THE 29 OTHERS…GO JAZZ NATION!!!!

    • KobeFan says:

      I´m sorry to disappoint you but Devin Harris is no more a in Utah,he´s now with the Hawks and he was replaced by Mo Williams. At SG I would recommend Alec Burks he was the only real SG in the last years draft (they used to say.. but than came Klay) and Hayward was already the starting SF last year btw…

      • steve says:

        ah,,sorry Mo Williams will be better suited for the Jazz,,because he can play both postions,,then the Jazz can rotate with Burks,,randy Foye,,,HAYWARD,,,and a very crafty Tinsley,,Tinsley suprised everyone in Utah,,and made a very BIG CONTRABUTION BOTH ON THE FLOOR AND IN THE LOCKER ROOM,,EVEN WHEN HE DID NOT WALK ON THE FLOOR,,PLUS THE JAZZ DRAFTED KEVIN MURPHY,,WILL MAKE SOME HEADS TURN…HARRIS STRUGELD HERE,,BUT DID TURN HIS GAME AROUND AT THE END OF THE SEASON,,BUT HE DOSE NEED THE BALL MORE THAN MO,,AND THE JAZZ NEED A GUY TO FIND THE OTHER 4 MORE FOR THERE TEAM TO BE MORE EFFECTIVE…SO KOBE FAN U DONT HAVE ALL THE FACTS,,AND DIDNT SEE WHAT MAKES THE JAZZ TICK,,THEY FIXED THE PROBLEMS FROM THE S.A. LOSE’S PLUS BRINGING MARVIN.WILLAMS IN IS GOING TO MAKE OTHER FORWARS HAFE TO WATCH HIM INSIDE AND OUT,,BECAUSE MO WILL FIND HIM,,,AND DEMARE CARROL IS A HUSLE GUY OFF THE BENCH…AGAIN WATCH OUT THE OTHER 29..GO JAZZ NATION!!!

    • ddawg says:

      Do you know anything? 1st off, Gordon Hayward started all last season and will continue to start this season, probably at SG. 2nd off, Devin Harris does not play for Utah dude… know a little before you comment!
      Imo they should flip Millsap for a decent swingman, they could really get something as he was a highly efficient player last year on both ends of the court, a good rebounder, if a little small for a big man. They did well with Millsap at the 3 in the playoffs but could use more athleticism, Marvin Williams probably won’t be good enough if they’re trying to go deeper in the postseason.

      • steve says:

        1st off hayward didnot start all last season,,he was in and out,,u better chach up on what u say,,and marvin williams will be a better player and move from10min,,player to a 20-25 min +he can ,,can 3s along the way…SO GET YOUR FACTS STRAIGHT BEFORE U SPOUT OFF ,, TUFF GUY..STEVE

    • FEc says:

      dude, harris is in atlanta now

    • Jimbo says:

      Don’t ever make a comment about a team you know nothing about! Favors is the key man for the Jazz, he’s the next Dwight Howard(mini Dwight) 10 and 20 a night, superior defense. I know you don’t believe me on this just yet, you will!
      Gordon Hayward plays SF/SG not PF/C like Favors, two totally different players. And yeah Harris is in Atlanta, stick to your You tube videos they are better, not saying much. As much as we all love Millsap, he’s going to flourish on another team. Rumor had him in trade talks for Ryan Anderson earlier this year, it’s only time before he’s traded. And for all those who underestimate the Jazz, Jazz will be 4-6 seed this year.

      • steve says:

        I NEVER SAID THEY WHERE BETTER THAN D.HOWARD,,BUT IVE SEEN MORE OF WHAT IS GOING ON WITH THE JAZZ THAN U DO..THE JAZZ ARE A TEAM NOT LIKE IN DENVER AND N.Y. WHEN 3 PLAYERS ARE THE ONLY PLAYERS TO SEE THE BALL,,WHEN ALLAN IVERSON,,AND C. MELLO WHERE TOGETHER AND NOW STADAMAIRE AND MELLO ARE TOGETHER,,THE JAZZ USE THERE PLAYERS THEY HAVE TO USE THERE TALANTS TO BLEND IN WITH THE 13 THEY HAVE..AND THEY THE JAZZ,,AND LAKERS ARE THE ONLY 2 TEAMS THAT SINCE 84 THAT HAVE HAD ONLY 4 TIMES THEY DID NOT MAKE 500 AND BE IN THE PLAYOFFS…AND USE THERE 2ND ROUND CHOICES AND BECOME EFFECTIVE PLAYERS…BUT WE WILL TAKE OUR TOP FRONT LINE THIS YEAR AND GIVE THE 29 SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT… AND MILSAP IS GOING NO WHERE,,NO MATTER WHAT TEAM U DREAM HE IS ON FOR OR YOUR FAVORIGHT TEAM IS,,WE HAVE HIM AND U DONT,,DREAM ON….GO JAZZ NATION…STEVE