The Utah Jazz point guards should wear name tags. One leaves in April. Another takes his place in October. Every opening night for the past 8 years the same thing. Who is running our sets? Oh, the new guy. The new guy is often the reason the Jazz don’t make the playoffs. Lacking consistency in the backcourt is a killer for chemistry.
The last of the 8 is Ricky Rubio who came over in a trade from Minnesota so the Wolves could get Jeff Teague. The pressure on Rubio is to stick in Utah. To be the starting PG next year. Rubio is under contract until next season but Rubio’s offensive woes follow him.
The first of the 8 PG’s was Deron Williams. In the middle is a bunch of placeholders. Who are they and where are they now?
Deron Williams. In his last season for the Jazz, Williams averaged 21.3 points and 9.7 assists. He had a PER of 22.1 and an offensive rating of 116. But that paled to Williams unhappiness with Jerry Sloan. Sloan got run out of town, Williams was blamed and he was traded to the Nets. The Jazz didn’t make the playoffs.
Where is he now? : Nowhere. In June, his NBA Finals for the Cavs were so disastrous it was painful to watch. We are spared Deron Williams and his tired body and broken shot. At best he would fill in for an injury but his NBA days are pretty much over.
Devin Harris. He was a far cry from the talented Williams. He averaged 11.3 points and 5.0 assists. The Jazz went big as far as their offensive leaders: Al Jefferson, Paul Millsap, a rookie Gordon Hayward. Harris role was to distribute the ball to the bigs. The Jazz made the playoffs and were swept by Utah in the first round. They traded Devin Harris to the Hawks for Marvin Williams.
Where is he now? : The Dallas Mavericks, a back up point. He will be a free agent on July 1. Last season he averaged 6.7 points and 2.1 assists in 65 games. He played 16 minutes.
Mo Williams. That Jazz team had Mo Williams as the fourth leading scorer but was an upgrade over Harris as far as being a playmaker, leading the team with 6.2 assists. He did Mo Williams things like shoot 38% from three and playing zero defense. The Jazz didn’t make the playoffs.
Where is he now? Retired. His last season was with the Cavs two years ago: 8.2 points, 2. 4 assists, good enough for a championship ring.
John Lucas III. An average talent, who started on opening night in 2013 but only played in 6 games. He was relieved by Trey Burke. Burke, a rookie, averaged 12.8 points and 5.7 assists. He wasn’t bad, but wasn’t great either. The Jazz didn’t make the playoffs. In 2014, Burke dropped 12.8 points and 4.3 assists. The Jazz didn’t make the playoffs.
Where is he now? Trey Burke is with the New York Knicks. After three years in Utah, he had one year as John Wall’s back up and now is hanging on with the Knicks. In the District last season, he averaged 5.0 points and 1.8 assists, playing 12.3 minutes. John Lucas III is not on a NBA roster to begin the 2017-18 season. He last played in Detroit, 2016-17. 0.4 points. 5 games.
Raul Neto. He did some good things while he was on the court. He started 53 games. But he is limited, excelling as a three point shooter but not much else. No other team would have Neto crack the starting lineup. 5.9 points. 2.1 assists. The Jazz didn’t make the playoffs.
Where is he now? Utah.
George Hill. A big get for Dennis Lindsay in a trade with the Pacers. Hill has had a nice career as a defensive point guard, a timely scorer and he can move the ball. He was injured a lot for the Jazz but he was the reason they made the playoffs. He had one of the best statistical years of his career and was the best starting point the Jazz have had since Deron Williams. 16.9 points. 4.2 points. 40.3% from three. The Jazz made the playoffs.
Where is he now? Sacramento. Lucrative free agent get. $57 million.