Los Angeles Clippers at Utah Jazz
6:00 p.m. PST
March 14, 2014
FOX Prime Ticket
Seth Partnow, (@WhrOffnsHppns): Probably not. He’s shown he can be a very good complimentary player and an extremely mediocre first option. As such I don’t think he moves the needle enough to lock up a quarter of your cap space for four years. Are there teams with cap and talent situations where maxing him makes sense? Sure. But in a vacuum I wouldn’t.
Fred Katz, (@FredKatz): Unfortunately, no. Hayward was a legitimate Sixth Man of the Year candidate last season, but as a first option, he hasn’t shown the ability to score at an efficient rate (41-31-82 shooting). And for someone who dribbles a bunch, he doesn’t have the quickest first step in the world.
2. True or false: Trey Burke should finish in the top two in Rookie of the Year voting.
Chau: I’m shrugging my shoulders right now. “Should” is a strong word in this context; it kind of implies there’s an answer more preferable, or more right, than another. This might be the worst ROY race since the year Mike Miller won. All the guys at the top of the race are interchangeable, inefficient players playing on foundering teams. …Victor Oladipo is going to be really good though, so I think I’d rather him in the second spot.
Partnow: Will he? Almost no chance. Should he? You have a much better argument. His individual numbers aren’t especially impressive aside from his ability to avoid turnovers as a young point. But unlike presumptive front-runner Michael Carter-Williams, Utah has been a demonstrably better team because of his presence. The Jazz scored 93.4 points/100 possessions before he became the starter (29th in the league) and 102.6 per 100 since. That’s not completely attributable to Burke, but still indicative of his influence.
Katz: Can no one finish in the top two? Can we just give the award to Damian Lillard again? Of the top candidates for Rookie of the Year (Burke, Carter-Williams, Oladipo), only Oladipo has a true shooting better than 50 percent, and he’s just at 51 percent. It’s a bad year for rookies. Maybe Burke finishes top two. Maybe Tim Hardaway Jr. jostles his way in there, even with lower minutes totals and bad defense as his deterrents. But regardless, this is probably the worst Rookie of the Year race since 2001.
3. Is this Tyrone Corbin’s last season in Utah?
Chau: Yep. The organization won’t have to look far for a replacement, either. Current assistant coach Brad Jones is the nephew of Jerry Sloan’s late wife, and has been familiar with the franchise for quite some time, serving as a Jazz scout for most of the 2000s before moving on to become a championship-winning D-League coach. A fresh face with well-established roots in the organization and community would be a great way to officially christen a new era of Jazz basketball.
Partnow: For Jazz fans’ sake, I’d like to think so. Not to wish unemployment on anyone, but what’s his plan? For a team in a youth movement, Richard Jefferson has played an unconscionable number of minutes. For a team trying to compete as best as possible, Richard Jefferson had played an unconscionable number of minutes. Even in a building year, you can accomplish things, and he hasn’t done so. That said, can’t really blame him per se as he’s been a lame duck with questionable authority all year.
Katz: If you asked me this question last year, I would’ve answered “yes.” If you asked me this questions two years ago, I would’ve answered “yes.” So I’m saying yes again, but what the heck do I know?