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Should the Jazz move away from Sloan’s flex offense?

Sep 1, 2011, 11:29 AM EDT

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The Utah Jazz have been running Jerry Sloan’s flex offense since roughly the Cretaceous period, and that continued last season when Sloan unexpectedly resigned mid-season and Tyrone Corbin slid over into the big chair.

But is it time for a change?

In reporting that Jeff Honracek is going to meet this week and re-sign as an assistant coach with the Jazz, Brian Smith of the Salt Lake Tribune put out this interesting tweet.

Hornacek said Corbin could make changes to Jazz’s offensive and defensive schemes, moving to systems that better fit current roster.

It’s an interesting idea. The strength of the Jazz roster right now is a front line of Al Jefferson, Derrick Favors, Paul Millsap and rookie Enes Kanter.

Favors is a tremendous athlete who, both in New Jersey and in Utah, got a high percentage of his offense off cuts (27.4 percent of his shots with the Jazz) and converted on a high rate of those (he shot 64.3 percent on those shots with the Jazz). Favors got more shots that way in Utah at the expense of being the roll man in the pick-and-roll, a play where he was not as effective in New Jersey when he did it a lot (he shot 46.7 percent with the Nets on that play). (All stats via Synergy Sports.)

Where he was effective was in transition, something the Jazz do not utilize as much. Jefferson got 38.3 percent of his shots in the post and scored a pedestrian 0.89 points per possession out of that (he shot 42.7 percent when posted up). Speed up the game and replace some of those slower post-up plays with transition opportunities for Favors and others and you might have something.

But clearly, the cuts and back doors of the flex offense worked for guys like Favors and you don’t want to get rid of all of it.

The real question the Jazz need to ask is “what kind of team do we want to be?” They have a roster that is in flux as they rebuild in the post Deron Williams years, which adds to the questions. Utah must figure out what kind of team it wants to be then get players that fit the system. That may include an evolution away from the flex offense, but it should be a slow one as it clearly works for some key players in the future of this franchise.

  1. r0llinginthedeep - Sep 1, 2011 at 1:23 PM

    “It’s an interesting idea. The strength of the Jazz roster right now is a front line of Al Jefferson, Derrick Favors and rookie Enes Kanter.”

    Oh right, I must’ve missed the part where the guy who’s better than at least two of those players; Paul Millsap, ceased to exist.

    • Kurt Helin - Sep 2, 2011 at 1:49 AM

      I had Millsap in there and when I did some moving of stuff around somehow cut him out. You are right, my bad. He is part of the future there (or should be).

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