Originally Posted by DMV2
I actually do think the Jazz are as good as the 2011 Grizzlies team. But I also know the Spurs are a much improved team from last season. Splitter got better, Spurs bench got deeper with Jax and Mills.
For the Jazz-Grizz comparison, Jefferson is as good as Randolph. Harris playing much better now, and is comparable to Conley. Hayward is almost as good as Tony Allen defensively, but is much better on the offense.
The only piece the Jazz don't have is Marc Gasol. But they got Favors, a young dynamite kid who's about to explode.
I don't. The Jazz have solid young talent but no one on their team poses the threat of a Gasol-Randolph combo. Millsap-Jefferson would need to be posting career numbers in this upcoming series to even be mentioned in the same breathe as them.
Favors is alright, but doesn't really have a solid post up game and will most likely clog the lanes when the Jazz go big with Millsap at the 3. Whenever this happens I assume Pop will go stretch 4 with Bonner so one of the bigs (either Favors or Jefferson) will be forced to step out and contest.
Harris is no where near the defender that Conley is. That said, Harris has the ability to go crazy offensively and wreck havoc. They also don't have nearly the defensive length and intensity on the perimeter they had last year with Tony Allen and Shane Battier. Hayward going to do what those guys did? Please.
Lastly when your starters are taking a break, who is going to contain the fresh legs of Manu Ginobili, Tiago Splitter and Stephen Jackson off the bench? Spurs have the versatility to match Utah in so many ways this season.