Danny Chau of ESPN's Grantland had this to say in this week's NBA Shootaround. And I couldn't agree more.
Danny Chau: If the lack of brazen tanking so far has got you down, find solace in the Utah Jazz, the first team brave enough to be the beacon of putridity the NBA needs. On a night that saw the Pacers remain the league’s only undefeated team, the Jazz, too, held firm and stayed winless against the terrible Celtics. The Magic, Sixers, and Suns have been pleasant surprises (too pleasant) because they’ve run young and hungry players whose spirits haven’t yet been eroded by disappointment. The Jazz have also unleashed their young core in earnest — even brandishing a previously concealed weapon in Alec Burks off the bench — but unlike those other squads playing with their head in the clouds, the Jazz have a reliable anchor to drag them down, down, down, and keep them there.
His name is Richard Jefferson. Give him some freedom to take nine shots a game and watch what happens.
Halfway through the third quarter, Jefferson was Utah’s second-leading scorer with 13, behind Gordon Hayward’s 14. There was a disturbing amount of him in the game, yet he terrorized the proceedings subtly. He was the willing recipient of an extra pass to the corner and missed it; he moseyed into the lane and got whistled for a charge. His numbers from last night don’t suggest a horrendous outing, but his actual production is inconsequential. He is playing 25 minutes a game as a starter for an NBA team. That’s the punch line. That’s the concession of defeat.
The Jazz trailed by as many as 25. They made a late push in the fourth quarter and got the lead down to single digits. Jefferson didn’t play a minute of it.
Last year there was a fanpost about who is the better coach: Mark Jackson or Ty Corbin. I responded :
Think of this, if we had Richard Jefferson on this team Ty would probably start him. You don’t even know he exists on Jackson’s team. And that’s how it should be.
I don't care if we're rebuilding/tanking, Jefferson should not be playing. I know we have injuries. But Ian Clark should be getting those minutes IMO.
And Trey, please hurry!! I don't care how bad you've looked so far in a Jazz uni, you will be better than the PG's we have right now.
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