Following our draft and roster do-over series, we are looking at the Jazz this week. In 2005 they drafted Deron Williams. He's done pretty well for himself in Utah, so we will just leave him be. Their starters that year:
Jarron Collins, Matt Harpring, Keith Macleod and Gordon Giricek all playing between 32-41 games each, plus another three players with 14, 18 and 19 starts respectively.
They had quite the hodge podge of players over in Utah. Their roster the next year had a lot more stability, as they started:
D-Will, Derek Fisher, Kirlienko, Carloos Boozer and Okur.
In the draft, they took Ronnie Brewer in the first round and Paul Millsap in the second. They could have had Rondo in the 1st round, but let's face it. He wouldn't have developed in Utah behind Williams the way he did in Boston. As for Millsap, he is easily the best pick of the 2nd round, so he stays and there wasn't much else other than Brewer or Rondo that late in the 1st, so Brewer stays by default. He actually takes Fisher's place next year in the lineup anyways.
In 2007 we make our first major shakeup. We know that Boozer eventually leaves the team, and that Millsap takes his place. Do we draft a big man (Carl Landry or Marc Gasol) to fill that frontcourt hole, or do we find a suitable guard to spell the backcourt? With pick 25, the Jazz went with Guard Morris Almond. We are going to change that pick to Aaron Brooks (who went 26th to Houston). He has become a strong guard, who can easily spell either Brewer or D-Will and Utah wouldn't have a dip in production.
I have no idea what the Jazz saw in their 2008 selection (23rd overall), as they chose Kosta Koufos. We will change that pick to Luc Mbah a Moute, who went 37th to Milwaukee. He can take over Millsap's role as soon as Boozer leaves, or he can play PF with Millsap going SF to give us plenty of size, as we move AK47 to the bench in a reserve role.
With our last change, we are going to switch the 2009 pick (Eric Maynor) to Omri Casspi. Maynor was the 20th pick, Casspi was 23rd. We now have a very deep team with the ability to have dominant lineups that go either big, small or a balance of both.
D-Will, AK47, Aaron Brooks, Millsap, Okur, Casspi, Mbah a Moute and Brewer.
That is a very skilled 8 man rotation. What do you guys think?