Since the Deron trade, I think we've all at finally gotten to honestly compare him to the other top point guards. Ever since he was drafted, he has been the best PG in the NBA to us Jazz fans. We watched the Chris Paul's, the Steve Nash's, the Derrick Rose's. But we always knew that ours was the best. That ours was the one that could take over a game. The one the could "put the team on his back.".
But now that Deron is no longer a Jazz man, the Downbeat counts linearly, and we can all start to move on, I thought I'd share why I feel that we are going to get much better from the trade than we think. Deron made me a fan of basketball but surprisingly, I'm glad he's gone.
First of all, Deron is NOT the best PG in the NBA. Simple as that. Derrick Rose is. Have we all seen his game? He takes over a game stronger than Dwill. He ignites the crowd with his INSANE dunks. He facilitates just as well. His jump shot wasn't falling, so what did he do? Spent all summer working on just that. His drive, natural talent, and demeanor all put him way ahead of Williams. Deron is on a 22 win team because of his pouty attitude about money and trades. Has DRose ever been in the news for anything like that? No.
Secondly, I don't feel Deron was ever going to be taking us to a championship. He is an amazing player, but I don't feel he's the leader of a championship caliber team. Look at KG on the Celtics, Kobe/Fischer on the Lakers, Even Durant on the Thunder. The support these guys provide to their team is amazing and cannot be under appreciated. It's unimaginable to think of them angrily throwing the ball at a rookie because the kid straight out of college is still learning the plays in the SECOND game of the season in, at the time, one of the more complex systems in the NBA. He was not a leader, and unless he learns how to will never be.
Third, Attitude. This is a reason in its own. Maybe it was just Utah and the reputation it has around the world as nothing but Mormon (us non-mormons do exist in Utah). Maybe it was the long tenured coach who did things his way and nobody else's. Either way, it's safe to say Dwill was pretty unhappy in Utah, especially lately. This last season he was more pouty and seemingly depressed than I've ever seen an NBA player. There was always something management coulda, shoulda done. Something that wasn't good enough for Deron. He was gone. As soon as that contract was up, he was out.
Now this all may be from a relatively new Jazz fan ( only running 3 years strong on the Jazz bandwagon) who just doesn't know this team without Dwill and is still trying to cope with the first playoff-less season he has ever seen for this team. But I do think the team will only get better. Deron wasn't our answer. He wasn't the one to put us over the top to the finals. Whether we find our answer in the draft, or in one or some of our aspiring rookies, we will find it. Sooner or Later.
P.S. First fanpost. Going to try out this poll thing just because it is there and I can.