During the off-season the Utah Jazz quickly jettisoned Mehmet Okur to the New Jersey Nets in order to make room for our younger bigs. Derrick Favors was the #3 draft pick in the 2010 NBA Draft. Enes Kanter was the #3 draft pick in the 2011 NBA Draft. With all due respect to 19 year old Kanter, I didn't think we should pick him -- he does seem to be competing with Favors for minutes and we already had Favors. The removal of Memo was supposed to help things, as our crowded frontcourt was reduced to a foursome -- with our youth behind solid, but unspectacular Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap. And I think that our younger guys have been given a shot here or there -- Favors even started the season if you forgot.
However I did not think that they were getting the consistent game-to-game minutes that younger players need in order to not freak out when they finally DO get in the game. Maybe I'm right, maybe I'm wrong. I did the work. Yeah, in the time it took the guys with Journalism degrees to stand around and get a non-story about Greg Miller and Karl Malone I was cracking jokes on twitter *and* making this image. It's not hard print media -- step your games up. It's not the stone age anymore.
Over the course of the season the minutes per game break down of 33 / 31 / 19 / 14 is very reasonable. I'd be very okay with Favors getting around 22 a game, and Kanter getting a bit less -- if possible. But it's not just about the averages, both Favors and Kanter will play anywhere from 9 mins in a game to over 20. That's pretty wild, and not the type of consistency that people build confidence with.
That's just my idea on it. What are yours?
Full Chart (easier to read) after the Jump : )