I'm going to start this post off by saying that nobody is a bigger Bledsoe fan than I am. I'm confident that the Jazz tried their hardest to land him, and presented the best deal possible, but either wasn't accepted by the LA front office, or they returned an offer that we couldn't accept. Not in the cards.
Overall, I allowed myself to get a little excited about the trade deadline, but I knew in my heart that we weren't going to make any moves. I'm not disappointed with our lack of trade.
What I AM disappointed in, is our current lineup status. I can't stand to watch our starting lineup. It's so utterly cringeworthy sometimes that most of the time, I don't even start watching the game til the end of the 1st quarter. That lineup is just awful defensively, no fun to watch on the offensive end, and overall seems very unproductive. I'm willing to give Ty the benefit of the doubt because he knows more about the situation that we ever will, but the numbers don't lie.
David Locke made a really great blog post about a lineup that I have been in love with for a very long time. I'm going to embed the whole thing, because I think it's really good:
Have the Jazz found the magic back court line-up? Does it impact what they do at the deadline?
In 42 minutes this year with Burks, Foye and Hayward on the floor the Jazz have outscored their opponents 113 to 84. Offensively the Jazz have shot 55% and nailed 62% from three. On the defensive side of the ball the Jazz held opponents to 39% and 10% from three. These numbers are so outlandish they are outliers. That is not surprising there is no way the Jazz are a +30 team with these guys on the floor, the Bulls 72 win team was +10.
No way this group can maintain this absurd level but most of this has been against top line competition.
It may be a strong answer for the Jazz down the stretch.
Interesting stuff. I have always been a proponent of burks/foye/hayward or burks/hayward/dmc backcourt rotations, and literally get giddy with joy when I see them on the floor together.
Many of you know me as DeMarre Carroll's #1 fan. So the real infuriating thing for me is watching Earl Watson slump around for 20 minutes and take my boy JYD's minutes. Watson and Tinsley need to go. I don't care about anything else at this point. I have come to terms with Kanter and Favor's getting less minutes. I have come to terms with the fact that Foye is going to get more minutes than Hayward. But I can't wrap my head around Tinsley and Watson playing ahead of other back court rotations. Burks and Foye are clearly better options at the point. Even with Mo out, I would much rather see Tinsley and Watson get 0 minutes.