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Over the past two weeks the Utah Jazz have gone 7-3 and established themselves as a playoff team. The combination of six home games, some scrappy rookies, a desperate coach and two all-star players have gotten them to this point. Deron Williams and Carlos Boozer have been playing some of the best combined basketball for the Utah Jazz that I have seen since the late nineties. I'm not saying they deserve statues but they are playing very good basketball right now. Carlos Boozer is possessed and unless you are a complete idiot he has showed everyone that we are much much better with him, than without him. Boozer is the third highest scoring PF in the League (second in the West) behind Dirk (27.2)  and Bosh (25.2) at 20.1 points per game. He only averages 4.8 Ft's a game which is four less than Dirk and  six less than Bosh but has upped his FT % to 84 percent this year last year he shot 69%. If you haven't noticed he is also shooting lights out at .557 % which is second in the league for PF right behind Amare Stoudemaire. Boozer is fifth in the league and First in the west at 10.9 rpg ahead of Duncan, M. Gasol, Bynum, Okafor, and Randolph. Boozer has also improved his game in other areas of the game. Boozer is second in the west in assists for power forwards and fourth in the league at 3.6 pg. Among power forwards once again he is second in the West for steals per game at 1.18 which is nowhere near the top of the league but for his position, he is killing it. Last but not least double doubles, Boozer is first in the west and third overall with 11 dd's in 17 games. Summary- Carlos Boozer is overall the second best PF in the west right now slightly behind Dirk Nowitski who is having an MVP type year. Boozer is statistically better than Duncan in every category, including head to head victories (Jazz 2-0 over Spurs). I realize that we are only 20 games into the season and there is a long way to go. However, if Boozer continues his great play through the next 7-8 weeks then he should be starting for the Western Conference All-star team, not by votes, not by popularity, but by playing his position better than anyone else in the league. Here are some more per 48 to back up the above stats. Scoring
By FG. FGA FG% eFG% Ast'd Blk'd FTM Pts
Game 7.8 14.4 .542 .542 75% 9% 3.9 19.5
Shooting Details
Shot selection
Shot Att. eFG% Ast'd Blk'd Pts
Jump 52% .434 78% 4% 6.5
Close 41% .625 78% 15% 7.3
Dunk 5% .818 78% 18% 1.2
Tips 2% 1.000 0% 0% 0.5
Inside 48% .660 74% 15% 9.1
Shot clock usage
Secs. Att. eFG% Ast'd Blk'd Pts
0-10 31% .515 59% 14% 4.5
11-15 26% .571 88% 11% 4.3
16-20 26% .561 75% 2% 4.3
21+ 17% .514 84% 11% 2.5
Crunch 44% .543 78% 5% 6.8
Passing Stats
3-Pt Assists Jump Assists Close Assists Dunk Assists Total Assists Passing T/O's Assist/ Bad Pass Passing Rating AST48
7 17 15 10 49 18 2.7 5.2 4.4
Our top five lineups include Boozer on the floor. Top Five-Man Floor Units
# Unit Min Off Def +/- W L Win%
1 Williams-Brewer-Kirilenko-Boozer-Okur 141.5 1.10 1.21 -26 5 4 55.5
2 Williams-Brewer-Kirilenko-Millsap-Boozer 63.5 1.14 1.10 +4 7 3 70.0
3 Williams-Matthews-Brewer-Boozer-Fesenko 43.3 1.22 1.03 +15 4 2 66.6
4 Maynor-Matthews-Brewer-Boozer-Okur 31.5 1.07 1.21 -11 1 1 50.0
5 Williams-Matthews-Brewer-Boozer-Okur 31.1 1.16 1.22 +0 3 1 75.0
6 Williams-Matthews-Kirilenko-Millsap-Boozer 26.2 0.90 0.93 -1 6 4 60.0
7 Williams-Maynor-Kirilenko-Millsap-Boozer 24.1 1.22 0.77 +16 3 2 60.0
8 Maynor-Matthews-Kirilenko-Millsap-Boozer 21.7 0.91 1.16 -6 2 3 40.0
9 Maynor-Brewer-Kirilenko-Millsap-Boozer 20.8 1.13 0.85 +10 4 1 80.0
10 Williams-Brewer-Kirilenko-Boozer-Fesenko 17.9 1.08 1.14 -2 1 1 50.0
For even more info or stats go here ( Basketball Reference) We will make the D-will's case tomorrow.