The Utah Jazz are going to look drastically different in the 2013-2014 NBA season than they did over the course of the 2012-2013 season and previous seasons as well. That’s because both Paul Millsap and Al Jefferson will both enter free agency and the Jazz will only be able to keep one of them and there’s also the chance that both of them will be gone next year.
However, the Jazz should still be able to work towards making the postseason next season as they will be able to build around Derrick Favors, Enes Kanter and Gordon Hayward in the future. They will also need to sign some key free agents and develop the players that are already on the Jazz’s roster.
Though many players will need to be developed, one player that needs to see less playing time than he did this past year is the young Marvin Williams. The 26-year-old played in his first season for the Jazz and, though expectations weren’t particularly high for him, he didn’t perform well at all.
Williams appeared in 73 games for the Jazz and started 51 of them, most of the time at the small forward position. He played 23.7 minutes per game, but averaged only 7.2 points, 3.6 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 0.5 steals per game while shooting only 42.3 percent from the field and just 32.5 percent from long distance. It’s safe to say that he had little impact on this Utah team.
The Jazz were at their best and looked the most promising this season, though, when Hayward was starting at small forward and Williams was coming off of the bench. That’s a trend that needs to continue as they build towards a new future without Millsap and Jefferson. Williams can be a serviceable role player off the bench, but he has shown no signs of being and effective starter. Subsequently, the Jazz shouldn’t make him one.