Utah Jazz Need to Retain Al Jefferson, Pair Him with Derrick Favors

December 18th, 2012 by Tom Schreier Leave a reply »
The Utah Jazz has a problem that many teams in the NBA would love to have:

They’ve got too many big men.

Currently they have four serviceable players in the frontcourt: Al Jefferson, Paul Millsap, Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter. Barring an unexpected trade, Favors and Kanter will remain in the Beehive State for the time being. The question for Utah is whether to keep Jefferson or Millsap.

Both players are 27 years old and are going to be free agents this summer. The Jazz cannot, and should not, sign both players even though they both have proven they are bona fide NBA stars.

Right now it looks like the right move is to keep Jefferson.

For starters, Jefferson is bigger. At 6’10”, 289 lbs. he has a larger frame than 6’8”, 253-lb. Millsap. While the former may seem dwarfed by the seven-plus footers in the league, he’s got enough weight to be a force inside, especially when paired with another premier player like Favors.

On the other hand, Millsap is by no means small, but he’s not as big as Jefferson and looks out of his element playing at the 3. Certainty there will be te ...

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