Despite the pricey acquisition of a young high lottery draft prospect, Paul Millsap remains the Jazz's starting power forward...here are some of the reasons why.
PETER: On May 7, 2012, Derrick Favors may have played the best game in his short NBA career. On that night, the San Antonio Spurs were wrapping up a first round playoff sweep against the Utah Jazz while Favors played 37 meaningful minutes as the Jazz’s starting power forward. Favors finished that game with 16 points, 10 rebounds, 2 blocks, 2 steals and was 8-12 from the free throw line, while simultaneously drawing primary defensive responsibility for guarding future NBA Hall of famer and four time NBA champion Tim Duncan and succesfully holding him to a meager 11 points and 5 rebounds. After that game many in the Utah media and the Jazz fan base declared that Favors would forever be a fixture in the Jazz’s starting lineup for so long as he remained a Jazzman.
Fast forward to October 2, 2012. The Jazz convened training camp for the 2012-13 season with Paul Millsap firmly atop the team’s depth chart as the Jazz’s starting PF. Other than two starts that Millsap has made at small forward this season (next to Favors at PF), Millsap has kept that starting spot throughout the entire season so far, with no indication that Coach Tyrone Corbin has considered benching him. As captain of #TeamFavors, I have on several occasions suggested that it is time to either trade Millsap and start Favors or alternatively move Millsap to the bench as a 6th man. While either option is less than ideal, it does pose a realistic and simple solution to get Favors more playing time and to see if he can step forward and become this teams next great franchise player (or at least a stop gap to the Jazz’s defensive struggles).
All the Reasons that Paul Millsap is Still the Jazz's Starting Power Forward
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