By Marcus Thompson
Wednesday, April 29th, 2009 at 7:55 am in Uncategorized.
The Carlos Boozer-Utah Jazz relationship, which has been up-and-down to say the least, is expected to meet a crossroads this offseason.
Boozer, who earlier in the season said he would opt out, is now saying he wants to go back to Utah. But Utah, perhaps still a bit irritated by Boozer’s opt-out announcement and certainly impressed by Paul Millsap’s development, is reportedly set on shopping Boozer on the trade market to at least see what they can get for him.
The Warriors are no doubt on the market for a dominant big man. Because center Andris Biedrins is untouchable, that big man would have to be a power forward.
There was a time I would’ve said go get Boozer. If Baron Davis was still here, I would still take Boozer. But now, thanks to Anthony Randolph, I’m not so sure.
The promise of the Warriors’ young stud certainly amplifies Boozer’s shortcomings. Boozer has the agility and skills to fit in the Warriors system, and he brings the missing traits the Warriors have been seeking. And I know Warriors fans have coveted him since he dominated the Warriors in the 2007 playoffs. But … did you see Randolph this year? Am I alone in pumping the breaks when it comes to the PF position?
Boozer is a 20 and 10 guy, but it is no doubt a complementary 20 and 10. He hasn’t ever been the dominant player on his team. And unless he was going against Matt Barnes or Al Harrington, he’s never carried his team to new heights in the postseason. His clutchness has long since been in question and murmurs are that Deron Williams is starting to think Boozer’s too soft.
According to 82games.com, last season, Boozer ranked 25th in clutch scoring. But 73 percent of his clutch-time scoring was assisted. Only Amare Stoudemire (75 percent) and Stephen Jackson (85 percent) were higher. What does that mean? Boozer’s most-often the finisher, not the dude that made it happen. For Utah, that guy was Deron Williams, who ranked 36th in clutch time scoring and 3rd in clutch time assists.
Does this make Boozer a bad player? No. But this is the stuff Randolph has me thinking about now. I now look at Boozer through different glasses.
Because his presence will take away from Randolph. Boozer, who has a $12.7M player option for next season, is a 35-minute kind of guy (which with the Warriors means 40 minutes a night). Where will Randolph play? At SF? That would be a mistake, I say.
Is Randolph the answer now? No. But if they are going to push him aside, it had better be for someone who is the answer now. Otherwise, I’d almost rather wait on Randolph.