I had a scary experience a few years ago.
I was driving home from work. As I turned to get on the onramp, I heard a strange noise and felt a strange movement from my car. I was alert, but didn't think too much of it. Later, my car started slowing down and I had to pull over. My tire had blown out, blown completely out.
Fortunately, I was able to stay calm and get my car off the road safely. I got it fixed and made it home. I was lucky.
This was in March, just as the weather was warming up. My tire had not been properly maintained throughout the winter months and had lost a lot of its tread. It finally just gave out.
I thought of that experience as I read Jody Genessy's recent article about the Jazz rotation. I liked his numbers and wanted to do a little more digging.I don't know how to post charts from Excel onto here, but I made one that shows our players minutes per game thus far against their minutes played in past seasons. I like the overall trend I see. Our young players (Hayward and Favors) are getting more minutes this year than they did last year. Our veterans minutes have been cut. As Jody pointed out, no Jazz player except Al Jefferson is playing more than 30 minutes per game.
What are the benefits of this? Two fold.....
First, the young guys. The "Big Four" are getting minutes and developing. They are also learning how to contribute and the tricks of the trade. This will pay dividends when they are handed the reins of the franchise. For now, they are progressing and working toward that day.
For the veterans, they are not being forced to carry the full load. They are getting the majority of the minutes, but as a whole, they are getting less than they have in recent seasons. This will allow for more fresh legs later on in he season.
Looking at the schedule, we know that the home stretch will be difficult. When that time comes, our team should be fresh and in good shape. Because we will have taken care of our tires during the winter months, they will be there for us when we need them in the spring.