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Matt Moore gives an outsider’s perspective on the Jazz

June 6, 2013
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1320 had Matt Moore of CBS Sports on to talk about his draft predictions.


On his prediction for the No. 21 pick
Where’s Alec Burks? Can anybody tell me where Alec Burks is? Because I miss Alec Burks. I would like to see him again. If anybody sees him, can they call his mother? ‘Cause we’re very worried about him. …

I think there’s a lot of opportunity there [at 21] for [the Jazz] to get an impact guy [shooting guard] if they’ll just, you know, play him.

Do the Jazz truly have a reputation for burying young talent behind washed-up vets around the league?
They’re well known for having relatively inexplicable things going on and not having really any explanation given…

One NBA GM describes it, I asked him for one word to describe each team, and the Jazz word that he used was “inscrutable.” They’re simply hard to figure out sometimes, not just from what their objectives are with trade demands or anything like that, but also from their roster decisions and how they choose to develop guys.

It’s kind of a weird perception. They’re not necessarily known for not developing guys. There have been a lot of quality guys that have come out of there, but there is kind of a perception that sometimes players get lost and are never kind of heard from again ’til they go somewhere else.

On Al Jefferson, Paul Millsap, and the trade deadline
The impression that I got was, it was frustrating [for other teams] because those were two of the big pieces supposedly on the counter…

Around the trade deadline, what often happens is teams are waiting for big things to fall into place. OK, this guy’s gotta get traded and then from there we kinda move on. Josh Smith was supposed to be that piece and then the Hawks decided, nope, not gonna move him.

The Jazz were the next part of that, where everyone was kinda waiting, and everyone kept calling and saying, “Are, is he available? Are you guys gonna make a deal?” And their response was always of the, “Well, I don’t know. We’ll see.” And no one really knew what was going on, until the last minute. They like to leverage as much as possible…

They did, I think, frustrate a couple of GMs trying to make a deal with what I heard from their conversations with the Jazz at the deadline.

What would be your advice to the Jazz?
I think they need to go young. Go with [Derrick] Favors. Go with [Enes] Kanter. Start building young. See if you can’t develop something and have a guy turn into a real, legitimate superstar given the opportunity. And then you’ll have an idea of where you need to go, and if you don’t find that, then you know you need to start over.

This organization needs to be targeting a championship. It’s time they move in that direction, rather than just competing and trying to build assets. They took a step back this year, and if you’re in that kind of position and take a step back, I’m of the opinion it’s time to blow up the thing and start over with the young guys.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. steppx permalink
    June 6, 2013 6:47 pm

    they have Favors, Hayward and Kanter. All 3 are obviously starters in waiting….guys, all of them, who can be stars. Hayward is an exceptional talent but he’s been stunted. Favors the same. Favors is a potential all star. And I love Kanter. I mean there are few young bigs with as much pure talent as kanter. But the Jazz have to first find a real coach. Corbin has been a disaster. Not tradeing big al and milsap is inexplicable. Nobody understands it.

  2. JFFR permalink
    June 6, 2013 9:59 pm

    “Look forward to the Jazz inexplicably not playing him and watching him shine on another team in three years”

    Can you give me an example of a player the Jazz drafted, buried on the bench and then that player “shined” once they left Utah?

    I can’t think of anyone. Who am I overlooking?

    P.S. Kosta Koufus and Kris Humphries don’t really count, they kind of illustrate the point that young bigs need time to develop. They haven’t really “shined” they are just solid players. I think Favors and Kanter have much higher ceilings.

    • June 7, 2013 6:23 am

      FWIW, I interpreted that differently as referring not to draft picks in the past (who were mostly late first rounders), but rather the young guys that we have now who, if they continue to get buried on the bench, will probably choose to go elsewhere when they get a chance. And because they are lottery picks, they will likely be good/great once they get a chance to play significant minutes.


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