We at Lower The Rim have been stunned into silence by the recent outburst of the Utah Jazz. Should they hold on to their substantial halftime lead against the Nets tonight, they’ll be 7-1 in their last 8. We shamefully clamored for the Jazz to trade either Al Jefferson or Paul Millsap before the trade deadline. We flung poo when no deal was done. But the recent play of Jefferson and Millsap has softened our hearts just a tad. BUT, we still hold firm that a move must be made, and after 10 days of no posts and intense deliberation, we’ve got the answer for you:
Trade Enes Kanter before anyone finds out he’s a bust.
Thanks to the sparse playing time Kanter has gotten this year, the jury is still out on whether or not he’ll bloom into an NBA stud. While we are mostly sure he’s a bust, there are certainly a number of teams who are willing to take a chance on a recent #3 draft choice, who hasn’t yet been proven crappy. For you Jazz fans, the theory is this: whether Kanter pans out or not, what are the odds he’ll be as good as Jefferson–who would appear to have the best low post moves in the league, along with Pau Gasol? We say next to no chance. So by trading Jefferson you’re automatically taking a dip in the low post as a means of getting a little better in the backcourt. That’s a wash. As for Millsap, he would seem the obvious choice for a draft day deal, but we can’t help but wonder if Derrick Favors is the guy to be BETTER than Millsap. The two appear cut from the same mold, aside from Millsap’s uncanny ability to step behind the arc and knock down timely treys. You would think one or the other would have to go at some point, but what if you kept both of them? What if Derrick Favors became the new James Harden? A guy that would start on most any other team, but comes of the bench to create a sort of 1A starting lineup for the Jazz.
But we digress. Long story short, amid this low post dynamo the Jazz have been the last few weeks, Enes Kanter remains the odd man out, and a guy who still carries quite a bit of trade value simply because he hasn’t played enough for any GM to know any better. With a hypothetical package of Kanter and Harris and maybe a draft pick, the Jazz could conceivably snag a young up-and-coming point guard, or move up in a deep draft and have their pick there. Either way, the backcourt would see a significant upgrade, and Utah’s blistering frontcourt would remain intact.
Someone has to go. But have you seen Utah’s frontcourt lately? Layup dunk dunk layup layup dunk dunk dunk. Good grief, why would you ever want to mess with that much of a good thing? Spotlight turns to Kanter, this guy’s gotta go.
That’s butter for your freakin’ bread.