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The other side: Utah snags Jefferson

Posted on: July 13, 2010 5:39 pm
Edited on: July 13, 2010 10:14 pm
Posted by Royce Young

Quietly, the Jazz are building.

Building a championship contender? To be determined. Building a quality, in-the-mix team in the West? Absolutely.

Yeah, yeah, Utah lost Kyle Korver and Carlos Boozer to other teams in free agency. Yes, Wesley Matthews may be playing in Portland next year. But the Jazz may already have Matthews' replacement lined up in Ronnie Brewer. And it appears they have Boozer's in Al Jefferson.

Can Jefferson replace the All-Star Boozer? I suppose that's yet to be determined. But Jefferson is an actual center more than Boozer who was a four that often masqueraded as a five, while Mehmet Okur hovered around the 3-point line.

Coming off a second knee injury, Jefferson managed a quality season of averaging 17.1 ppg and 9.3 rpg. Boozer went for 19.5 and 11.2 last season. Having Jefferson allows Utah to move Paul Millsap into the starting lineup, something the Jazz clearly kept him around to potentially do when they matched Portland's four-year, $32 million offer.

Now with Jefferson, Utah has a more complete starting five. Deron Williams at point guard. Ronnie Brewer/Wesley Matthews off the ball. C.J. Miles playing small forward. Millsap at power forward with Jefferson teaming inside with him at the five. That's a pretty stout group. Especially when you think about Jefferson playing with Williams. If you can't see Jerry Sloan's mechanical pick and roll offense flowing beautifully between those two, you're probably a Nuggets' fan having nightmares about it.

And you know who Utah matches up much better with now? That team in purple and gold.

This all hinges on Jefferson continuing to heal and regain his form. Again, it's not like he was bad last year. Heck, he played in over 70 games. Though it was pretty obvious that he wore down late in the season, with another summer of conditioning and rehab, one should expect him to return to his old, dominant post-playing self.

And if he does, look out. I'm not saying Williams to Jefferson is the new Stockton to Malone, but it's certainly not that far off.


Since: Jul 14, 2010
Posted on: July 14, 2010 2:53 pm

The other side: Utah snags Jefferson

They don't match up with the Lakers, but they will be more competitive with Jefferson in than not having him at all.  Good move for the Jazz.  Deron Williams is still one of my favorite PG and he's going to have to carry a little bit more of the load this year.

Since: Jan 17, 2009
Posted on: July 14, 2010 6:44 am

The other side: Utah snags Jefferson

I definitely feel like Al Jefferson will do much better next season just compare the talent around him. Deron Williams and Paul Millsap alone mean better scoring opportunities. The Jazz still need a knock down shooter and I'd prefer Wesley Mathews back over Ronnie Brewer at the 2, but Al Jefferson plays bigger than Carlos Boozer ever did. And as far as matching up with the LA Lakers, the Jazz can play big with Memet Okur, Al Jefferson, Paul Millsap, CJ Miles, and Deron Williams on the floor together if they want too. 

Since: Aug 12, 2007
Posted on: July 14, 2010 1:17 am

The other side: Utah snags Jefferson

The funniest part about this thread to me is someone actually typed the sentence "You should fear Andrew Bynum when he is healthy".......Okay, if that makes you feel better I will fear Andrew Bynum when he is healthy. Problem with that is.....He is NEVER HEALTHY.

Anyway....after the way this offseason has gone for the Jazz, I am very happy with picking up Al Jefferson. He can score and rebound. His defense needs to get better, but he can block some shots and he adds a little bit of size to the front line. If we can get ANYTHING our of AK this year then our frontline will be equal, if not better than last year's.

Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: July 14, 2010 12:40 am

The other side: Utah snags Jefferson

The fact that you refer to Boozer as a 'very physical payer in the paint' tells me that you didn't spend much time watching the Jazz in the past few years. Any Jazz fan will tell you that Boozer's biggest weaknesses are that he's a matador on defense, plays much smaller than his actual size, tries to go around contact instead of through it, and wilts against bigger or more athletic competition (a.ka. - the Lakers). Don't get me wrong, Boozer was an All-Star and a great scorer but the Jazz get much better with Jefferson -- assuming that knee holds up -- due to his length, size, and physicality. The Lakers dominated us with their size. Jefferson alone isn't going to be the answer but it least it gives us one more big body to throw at guys like Gasol, Bynum, and Odom that we didn't have before. Hence the upgrade, the author is right on.

Since: Apr 17, 2008
Posted on: July 14, 2010 12:08 am

The other side: Utah snags Jefferson

Actually, if you guys read the articles out of Minny, management hated AL. Mchale loved him, but that little boat has sailed. How can you say AL is not an upgrade to Booz? Both mediocre on D, both beasts on the boards and on O. Big difference? AL is 6'10" 270 and 3 yrs younger than Booz. I love it.

Since: Aug 6, 2008
Posted on: July 13, 2010 11:13 pm

The other side: Utah snags Jefferson

" Defense. Neither of these guys are great but Jefferson has to be an improvement over the matador."
Actually, Jefferson was awful on defense.  Thats why the wolves didn't want him.  He's horribly slow to switch if he ever does.  His communication in the paint on D is awful.

Since: Jul 11, 2010
Posted on: July 13, 2010 10:25 pm

The other side: Utah snags Jefferson

clearly the lakers are still the best team in the west. this move for jefferson puts the jazz as the 2nd seed in the west. als a tegit center on both sides of the court which ,especially on the defensive side, utah has been sorely missing trying to matchup with denver, la, and portland. being a blazers fan, im pissed that we're stuck with wes matthews! hes solid but not an upgrade at any position, and probly means rudy is on the way out. also what are the twolves doing! thught they were actually b competetive with jefferson, love and beasley, another top 5 pick for them next year!

Since: Dec 10, 2007
Posted on: July 13, 2010 9:37 pm

The other side: Utah snags Jefferson

He's bigger than Boozer. He's already a better shot-blocker than Boozer. And he'll receive far better coaching in Utah than he did in Minnesota. Milicic better than Jefferson at ANY position? Sounds like par for the course for the T-Wolves feckless front office...

Since: Jan 29, 2007
Posted on: July 13, 2010 9:13 pm

The other side: Utah snags Jefferson

"boozer>Jefferson any day of the week. "  no way.  Al Jeff is 3 years better, and put up better numbers then Boozer over the last years going by both Roto Average and PER.  He is slower running the court and lacks range on his jump shot, but the rest of his game is better then Boozer. 

Since: May 14, 2007
Posted on: July 13, 2010 8:25 pm

The other side: Utah snags Jefferson

Boozer and good defense cannot be mentioned in the same sentence. Boozer is a defensive liablility!!!!

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