Three men in a tub
And how do you think they got there?
The ex-Sixer, the first rounder, the high schooler,
They all came via the brain of Kevin O’Connor!
‘Twas enough to make a man stare.
(Thank you, Wikipedia)
As the season approaches, there has been a lot of talk about potentially bringing Andrei Kirilenko off of the bench. In his place, the Jazz have 3 options. Three players… 2 youngsters (CJ Miles, Morris Almond) and 1 relative newcomer (Kyle Korver). In this offseason’s revolving door that is the starting small forward spot, these 3 are fighting for that starting spot (assuming there is in fact a changing of the guard). So, which of them deserves it? Which doesn’t? (Don’t forget to vote in the poll at the end!)
|Category||Kyle Korver||Morris Almond||CJ Miles|
|Offense||chucker, 42% for his career (40% from long)||chucker, 27% for his “career” (25% from long)||chucker, 42% for his career (32% from long)|
|“Defense”||he runs around||he doesn’t play any||he has “potential”|
|Other stat-sheet visits||FT%, steals||DNP-CDs||DNP-CDs, TOs (in a good way)|
|Scoring history||If his long ball is falling, he could score a ton||He scored a ton in college||He probably scored a ton in high school|
|History of defense||Pictures show him cowering away from the opponent||J-Slow doesn’t think he’s very good||His career highs in blocks (3) & steals (3) were set just 8 days apart|
|Memorable Jazz moment||This shot in the playoffs||Getting drafted||The explosion against the Wizards|
|Forgetful Jazz moment||Being shut down by Sasha Vujacic||Being called out by J-Slow about everything||Skipping the RMR 2 years ago|
|Reason to start||Shooting threat early; draw those female fans in early?||Injuries||He’s getting paid, let’s see what he has|
|Reason not to start||Scoring spark off of the bench; supposed lack of D||Other options offer more||Hasn’t shown anything in the time he’s had|
|Future with team||Free agent after the year||Team option to be decided on after the season||Just received a new 4 year deal|
|Preseason||Surprisingly efficient||J-Slow is disappointed||Disappointing|
|Butcher, Baker, Candlestick Maker||Basket (“candlestick”) maker||Butcher||Baker (by default)|
|Question of the year||Underrated defender? Or just bad?||NBA or NBDL?||Will he finally develop?|