Coming back from Utah Jazz media day, I was thinking about one thing. How is Tyrone Corbin going to find time for all of these guys?
Everyone we talked to, from veterans like Paul Millsap and Al Jefferson, to the young guys like Derrick Favors, Enes Kanter and Alec Burks, can contribute this season. The Jazz literally can go 9 or 10 deep without missing a beat.
I realize this is a good problem to have, but it still is a problem.
Corbin's first priority has to be to get Favors on the floor. This kid is the most talented player on the roster and although he is about to enter just his third season, he is ready to make his mark in the NBA.
So whose playing time is sacrificed for Favors? Millsap? Jefferson? These are tough choices Corbin must make. I think Millsap should be in the Jazz long-term plans. He has meant too much and been too valuable to this team over the years to be cast away now. While Jefferson is solid offensively, he is still a liability on defense. Jefferson also makes over 15 million dollars, so his expiring contract will be a valuable commodity at the trade deadline.
But as of now, Jefferson is still on the team and he does make the Jazz front court one of the best in the Western Conference.
I love Mo Williams at point guard. He brings toughness and leadership the team hasn't seen since the glory days of Deron Williams. Gordon Hayward needs to become a more consistent player, both offensively and defensively. He has displayed incredible skill at times, but has disappeared at other times, like in the playoffs. This is a crucial year for him.
The guy I'm really excited to see is Burks. He has bulked up and is much more prepared for the rigors of the NBA season. He showed signs of brilliance last year, and his confidence level seems to be sky high.
Marvin Williams brings size and athleticism to the small forward position. If he can shoot anywhere hear 39 percent from 3-point range like he did last year, that will only help open things up for the big guys down low.
Then there is Kanter. He has come into camp in the best shape of his life and is ready to show he has learned some offensive moves. I think he is a big reason why Jefferson will not be a member of the Jazz next season. But again, he needs playing time to develop.
Throw in veterans like Randy Foye, Earl Watson and Jamaal Tinsley and the Jazz have a great mix of both youth and experience.
So how is Corbin going to fit all these guys into the lineup this season? The good news is there are very few egos on this team. But Corbin has to find a balance to keep everybody happy.
Like I said, it's a good problem to have, but it is still a problem.