Is it just me or does it seem that there is a war going on in the nba when it comes to playing style. Some call it the death of the big man or at the very least the death of the traditional power forward. Clearly if you have the ability to play different styes, sometimes in the same game, you have an advantage. I will give San Antonio credit, they seemed to have picked up on this much sooner than the rest of the NBA. Otherwise, they would still be running their offense through Tim Duncan in the post. The Jazz, who are currently under construction, could use these playoffs as a road map of how to build a future team.
It's going to be real interesting to see how the traditional center and power forward teams like Memphis, Indiana, LA Clippers etc. do versus the non traditional stretch four shooting PF/SF teams like Golden State (minus Lee), Houston, & NY as the playoffs move one. The teams that have the ability to move in and out of those two styles should have a decided advantage going forward when it comes to style of play and dictating match-ups. San Antonio, Miami, OKC, NY etc. all have the ability to play a small forward at the power forward slot and or bring in 3 point shooting big man like Matt Bonner to stretch the floor. This brings me to the first point, the Jazz need a stretch 4 or two this off season, the bigger the better. Bring on the 3 Kanter. (I don't know if he can actually fill that role or not.)
I not only question the wisdom of the Jazz having/using the traditional big man tandem that we did this past season but having 4 of them as well. The Jazz have the inside covered with Favors and Kanter. Both of whom could be even more effective if they are surrounded by shooters who can stretch the floor in order to give them more room to operate in a 4 out, 1 inside big system. I would have liked to see more experimentation with Marvin at the 4 and Hayward at the 4 during this past season, if only for future reference. Picking up a stretch 4 in the draft or one in free agency seems to be a high priority.
Second point, you can't have too many 3 point shooters. That being said, look for Foye to be here for sure next season. If Marvin is here, then the Jazz need to find offensive sets that use him at the corner 3 in addition to playing a lot of time at the 4. That makes Korver a valuable piece for the Jazz to try and get although ultimately you want your 3 point shooters to be able to play perimeter defense as well. So there is another priority, 3 point defensive minded wings.
Lastly, small guards are having some success with Nate Robinson being the torch carrier for the small man. There are plenty of those in this years draft. The Jazz should probably look at one of those in the 2nd round, the quicker the better. Finding one who can also play the pick and roll and throw effective lob passes to Favors, Evans etc. would be a must for me as a fan. Watching this years playoffs reminds me of how much it seems we went wrong this past season with our lineups, number of big men and style of play. I guess we will see which style ends up winning this years version of the war. As a basket ball fan, I am really enjoying this years playoffs! Let's hope the Jazz are paying attention as well.