Yesterday's big Jazz news was Brian T. Smith of The Salt Lake Tribune reporting that the Jazz were involved in trade talks to acquire Magic PF Ryan Anderson, before his eventual trade to New Orleans. The trade would have involved giving up Paul Millsap, which could be why the Jazz backed out of the deal:
Anderson realized what made him a valuable player, and stuck nearly entirely to those shots: out of the 12.4 total shots he attempted per game, only 1.9 of those were non-threes or at-rim shots. It remains to be seen if he can keep his awesome efficiency in a role without Dwight Howard providing him the spacing necessary to shoot open threes.
Indeed, that's what makes him such an intriguing player for the Jazz to consider trading for: the Jazz offense, as we have discussed in length, is very traditionally not based around the kind of shots Anderson does well. Stan Van Gundy's offense, on the other hand, is very much based on the important principle of taking the most efficient shots possible. Perhaps the Jazz considered Al Jefferson as playing the role of Howard: sucking the defense in, allowing Jefferson to pass out to Anderson for open 3s.
- Defense. That core up there is not good defensively, with only Hayward as an above-average defender. The Magic were not filled with with excellent defenders, but Dwight was such a dominant defender that he hid the team's weaknesses. They finished with the best defensive team in the NBA the year Orlando made it to the finals.
- What about the other players? Favors is completely lost in this system, Burks as well. Hayward was actually pretty poor from 3 point land last year, only 34.6%, so he's not really the ideal player to have play either. Kanter's passing is abysmal, and he's nowhere near having the low-post game to make this sensical. The Core Four make no sense at all in this way. I suspect that a Big Al-and-shooters system would actually be more efficient offensively than a Core Four lineup, but defense and youth are important too.
But the truth is that the writers in the Jazz community are passionate about more than just basketball. That's why yesterday I created the familiarly-named SLCBunk.com: to give the Jazz writers you know and love an outlet for their writing in other fields.
This is now only day two for the site, and already we've been a surprising success. We've had 3 great articles posted in a variety of fields:
- Our TazzJazzFan on what's pushed him to become a sneakerhead.
- Gerald Playle publishing an extended, but well-thought out, conversation log regarding gay marriage.
- Shandonfan writing an excellent look into egotism in sports through the US Women's Soccer Team and Paul Millsap - well worth a read.
Importantly, we're getting these writers the exposure they deserve: in only the first 24 hours of the site, we've had 142 visits, with visitors spending over 5 minutes on the site on average. It's a good start, and the future looks excellent. We've got several awesome posts lined up to come, starting tomorrow.
So head on over and check the site out. If you're interested in sharing your non-Jazz works with the world, send me an email, and I'll create an author account for you. And readers, don't worry: we'll still be writing about the Jazz here, just as much as before. We love them. And we love you.