27 February 2011
After the DNP coaches decision on Gordon Hayward Saturday night, I was a little bit frustrated. Especially when the 34 year-old Bell and the slumping Miles were not playing so well. The question was asked by multiple people in many different ways why didn't Gordon play. Defense was the answer that most paid analysts gave.
Here is a stat breakdown from the three of them so far this year.
Here is the link to the comparison as well.
I believe that most of us feel that CJ is the best of the three, and these numbers show it. After looking at this break down, I still can't understand why Bell is getting 30.6 minutes a game. Bell is getting 128% more of the playing time but 31% less points than Miles. That is just the with the PerGame averages. If you look at the per36 minutes stats Miles is getting double or almost 200% more productivity across the board.
I don't know if it is something that the coaching staff (before and after Sloan), have collectively decided or what, but Bell does not deserve or need 30 minutes a game.
In both the per36 stats Hayward is even or ahead of Bell in every major category except for FT%(which is a huge 15% deficit). I understand that some of these stats are going to be inflated because of playing time, rotations and other factors. However, over the past three weeks the Utah Jazz organzation and coaching staff have told/shown us that they are concerned with the future and being good for a while. Playing Raja Bell does not help that cause.
Raja Bell will be 37 when his contract ends and Hayward will barely be 23. I don't know if Hayward is the two guard of our future, however I know that he under contract until 2014/2015 with a Q.O.. I also know that Raja is not the two guard of our future.
I also think that CJ's future is up in the air as well, especially with all that has gone on the past few weeks. The Jazz have a team option for 3.7 at the end of they year. We all know that him and Deron were good friends, and that he may have been effected he most by the trade (as far as players that were here).
I am not saying that I know all the answers or any of the answers. I do know that if the Jazz are going to committ to the future, they can't do it halfway. With Raja getting 30 minutes a game that is going half way. He can still be a veteran leader from the bench or with 13 minutes a game. The Jazz have nothing to lose. We have lost or HOF coach and our best player, starting CJ and giving Hayward more minutes will be considered a flesh wound. At this point I am fine with trying anything.
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