FanPost

"Competing" with Watson/Tinsley


Both Earl Watson and Jamaal Tinsley had their moments, but there were simply not enough minutes to go around at point guard last year. Only one of them should have gotten the majority of the minutes.

The Utah Jazz say that they want to compete every year, so which one provided the Jazz with the best chance of winning? The Team the "competes" the best ends up with the NBA title, and their point guard is a big reason for it. The past seven back-up point guards to win an NBA championship are...

JJ Barea, Shannon Brown (twice), Sam Cassell, Jacque Vaughn, Gary Payton, Beno Udrih, and Mike James.

Here were their stats:

Player

PPG

APG

RPG

SPG

FG%

3P%

Barea

9.5

3.9

2

.4

.439

.349

Brown

8.1

1.2

1.9

.8

.425

.349

Brown

8.1

1.3

2.2

.7

.427

.328

Cassell

7.6

2.1

1.8

.5

.385

.409

Vaughn

4.1

2.1

1

.3

.428

.3

Payton

7.7

3.2

2.9

.9

.420

.287

Udrih

5.9

1.9

1

.5

.444

.408

James

6.3

3.7

2.2

1

.401

.364

Average

7.2

2.4

1.9

.6

.421

.349

Now, comparing the average to Earl Watson's and Jamaal Tinsley's numbers for last year...

Player

PPG

APG

RPG

SPG

FG%

3P%

Average

7.2

2.4

1.9

.6

.421

.349

Watson

3.0

4.3

2.4

1.1

.338

.192

Tinsley

3.7

3.3

1.2

.5

.404

.270

Their scoring and shooting numbers compared to the championship back-ups are striking. In the future, the Jazz clearly have a need to improve at back-up point guard if they want to "compete." However, both point guards compare very well in the other categories.

Looking at the numbers, one might say that Earl Watson is the better back up because of his assist, rebound, and steal numbers. However, realizing that Earl Watson's numbers are semi-inflated as a backup because of starting a few games, and watching the Jazz's second unit's scoring capabilities, Jamaal Tinsley should have been the backup point guard last year. He scored more and more efficiently last year, helping the second unit's biggest need more than Earl Watson.

All comments are the opinion of the commenter and not necessarily that of SLC Dunk or SB Nation.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

Join SLC Dunk

You must be a member of SLC Dunk to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SLC Dunk. You should read them.

Join SLC Dunk

You must be a member of SLC Dunk to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SLC Dunk. You should read them.

Spinner

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9347_tracker