Sunday , Dec , 07 , 2008 Basketball John

The Utah Jazz: Predictable? Yes. Boring? No.

Everyone knows that the Jazz offense is slow, boring, and predictable, right? Why would you even want to watch such an ugly, ugly, offense? Well, if you think that’s true, then either you don’t watch the Jazz or you don’t know basketball.

The Utah Jazz: Predictable?  Yes.  Boring?  No.Let’s face it, you probably don’t see much of the Jazz unless they’re playing your team. If you see their highlights coming up on ESPN, you probably don’t watch. But here are some reasons to start watching those highlights and maybe even start tuning in to Jazz games.

  • The unique Jazz offense – If you’re a student of the game, you’ll love how the Jazz run their offense.  It’s not just the pick and roll that you hear about all the time.  There’s a continual motion of off-ball picks and movement that free up players for a lot of layups and alley-oops.
  • Deron Williams – Unless you’ve been under a very large mountain for the last four years, you know who this guy is.   The point guard is the maestro of the Jazz orchestra.  He continually scans the defense for weaknesses and calls out the best play to break them down.  The should-have-been All-Star can beat you with the drive, finding the cutting man for a dunk, the long-range bomb, or his patented drive fake and step back jumper.  There’s a reason he is one of the best point guards in the game today.  And just hope he doesn’t make you look silly with his crossover.
  • Carlos Boozer – You can’t just turn anyone into a 20 & 10 guy in the NBA.  It takes a special player to put up double-doubles every night.  Boozer’s footwork in the paint is probably the best in the game.  And being able to finish with either hand puts any defender in a bad position.  He’ll continue to have an easy time of it so long as he’s getting set up by Williams.
  • Ronnie Brewer  – RonnieB put on quite a bit of muscle over the summer to compliment his already stunning athleticism.  He’s probably the biggest beneficiary of Deron’s alley-oop passes.  He shot a stunning 56% from the floor in 2007-08 because of the many laups and dunks he received cutting to the basket.  He’s shooting just 47% this year due in large part to Deron Williams’ injury.  If he can develop a consistent jumper, that would open up this already potent offense.
  • C.J. Miles – The youngster is finally getting playing time after signing his four-year deal with the Jazz..  Since the experiment with Andrei Kirilenko coming off the bench, CJ has started and has improved his game.  He’s only 21 and adds another athletic finisher and shooter.
  • Mehmet Okur – The Turkish seven-footer has an inside and outside game that causes a lot of matchup problems for defenses.  He loves to hang out around the three-point line which allows room for Boozer to rule the paint and for Brewer and others to get all of their inside looks.  The pick and roll with Williams is deadly.  If the defenders both go after Williams, Okur is open for the three.  If the big man switched to Williams, then they’re already beat.
  • Andrei Kirilenko – Behind Deron Williams, Andrei is probably one of the most important parts of the Jazz offense.  First of all, he’s been in the Jazz system forever, so he knows it inside and out.  He is a great passer and can at times run the offense from the PG position.  His move to the bench has been nothing short of a godsend.  Andrei becomes the head man of the second unit.  That has stoked the fire of his ego which was lost while he wa playing with the first team.  He’s also worked tirelessly to redevelop his jumper.  He’s probably been the most consistent player on the Jazz this year.  And he may have been the best player so far.
  • Paul Millsap – The second coming of Karl Malone (there, I said it).  He will straight out-hustle you for the ball.  If he can get a finger on it, it’s his.  And when he gets the ball back off the offensive board, you can count on it going in the hoop.  But he’s not just a garbage ball scorer.  His quick feet and soft touch give him an inside-outside game that will only get better.
  • Kyle Korver – Stretches the floor just by being on the court.  He’s the recipient of many a kick out pass from Williams.  His quick trigger lets him shoot from anywhere.  If he can catch the ball, he can shoot it.

Please do yourself a favor and at least search on YouTube for Jazz highlights.  Then maybe you’ll graduate to watching  them on TV.  You don’t have to like them, but now you have an exciting team to watch when yours isn’t playing.

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