We are told that Ty Corbin is a fine coach by the Utah Jazz media machine. Many on SLC Dunk don't think that Ty is adequate, especially not if the hope is to make it to the NBA Finals and compete for a championship. After the Heat stole the trophy, there will be talk of whether Spoelstra is as good a coach as Pop. I don't think many will say he is better than Pop, but I did read something today that made me realize that he is MILES ahead of Ty.
From ESPN's write-up on the evolution of LeBron's game, and how it wasn't until Spoelstra showed him some statistics on shooting efficiency that he became an elite shooter:
"When he came to Miami, James found a young coach who brought spreadsheets to practice with his whistle. Erik Spoelstra showed James that there was more to great shooting than balance, form and muscle memory. There were some shots that were more efficient than others, there were some places where he would always be comfortable and where opponents would always let him go and they could be seen in all those columns and printouts. James' eyes were opened to looking at the art of the shot in a new way that took him to a cerebral level he'd never even considered before."
This is something a good coach needs to do in today's game, and everyone here knows that Ty Corbin is not doing this. He himself admitted he doesn't like numbers ("thats just a numbers game" he said about +/-, if I remember correctly). And I think that is what is going to prevent him from ever being a passable coach: he will never be able to develop his players to elite levels because he can't show them the statistics they need to improve.
Spoelstra and Pop are good enough coaches to win championships, possibly because of their ability to interpret statistics and improve their teams and players because of it. The Jazz Front Office and Ty Corbin need to realize this if we are going to take that next step into competitors. Hopefully Dennis Lindsey will change some of this in the Jazz organization, but for now it is a huge roadblock to our success.
P3 is honestly great, but I think that front-row seats to the Sloan Conference on advanced basketball statistics would actually be just as or more beneficial to many of our players. I guess we need to get someone from the FO to attend first…
I remember reading an article on SI about three years ago about Shane Battier. Battier is a Duke graduate who is very intelligent and is recognized to have a very high BB IQ. I know there are plenty of Duke haters, but there is no denying that Coach K pushes his students to work hard academically as well as build their BB IQ. Anyways, the article talked about how Battier always looked into statistics before going up against a hard match-up. When he played against Kobe, he would know what areas of the floor Kobe was most inefficient at and would push him into those areas all game long. Statistics made him a terrific defender, matched with good athleticism of course. Then it talked about how he would always be moving around the court to provide for his teammates to get their most efficient looks as well, or so that he could be there for the open corner 3 (one of the most efficient shots in basketball from a pps perspective). As proved last night, he can be very efficient on offense.
I think that our C4 all have close to elite athleticism, and a coach who knows his statistics could turn all four of them into All-Stars, including Burks. If Burks did those things Battier does, and combined that with his moves, he would really excel. The same for Favors, Kanter and Hayward. But, sadly, Ty Corbin will never be pumping out spreadsheets of statistics to show them. Hopefully Lindsey can get this to change sooner rather than later, for all Jazz Fandom’s sake. This is the direction the game is heading, and if the Jazz don’t change their ways to get with the times, we will all be left holding our lottery tickets…
My apologies for the ramblings, and if there are typos or weird formatting problems. This is my first fanpost and just wanted to get it out there for people to think about.