So I wrote a little last week about how essentially we have too many pieces for too few spots, which isn't news to anybody. What some of the problem is however, is that we are trying to fit people where they don't belong. Let's face it, Millsap isn't a small forward, something the front office realized when they traded for Starvin' Marvin. Half of the problem now is that we have a ton of PFs. Kanter is a PF, and that's it. He's really not a center even though some of us will try to bend it that way. Favors on the other hand seems more like a center than a PF, but we try to pretend he is to help alleviate the minutes issue we have.
I'll elaborate a bit more on this. For some reason we as a fan base have seemingly come to terms with the idea that Al is a starter and cannot come off the bench at this stage in his career, which I don't believe is wrong. Al has a starter contract, puts up starter numbers, and is at the right age to keep starting. For some reason, however, we are fine with the idea of benching Millsap in order to start Favors. We, the same fan base that grew upset with Millsap being stuck on the bench behind Boozer, are now trying to cut his minutes and relegate him back to the bench. The problem there really is that we'd be starting two centers and have no centers on the bench.
Realistically we are fine at the PF spot. Millsap starts, Kanter backs up. Add Jeremy and we have enough people to play a big lineup and play Millsap at the 3 for a little. The problem is basically that we then have to start Al and play Favors off the bench behind him, even though starting Favors and having someone like Fes to back him up would be preferable, at least to me.
So if I was the Jazz, I would be desperately trying to unload Al's contract for a young center/draft picks and also explore options to solidify the future point guard spot. It's a lot, and easier said than done, but that is likely one of the better options moving forward. Hopefully the new GM sees it this way.