The Utah Jazz should be playing these three young players far more than they are.
The Utah Jazz are a team that has some issues to figure out and we think that one way to relieve the team of some of its frustrations may be to play some of the younger guys.
We know what the limits of some of the vets are, and with that in mind, it’s time to see what the floor of some of the younger guys could be. If these guys can benefit the team, then why not use them more, right?
Even if it means taking minutes away from others.
Collin Sexton is a better player than Jordan Clarkson. By all metrics, by all measurements, by everything you want to observe or read into, he’s better. He’s a more reliable scorer (.588 true shooting for Sexton, .489 true shooting for Clarkson), he’s a better defender (-4.1 DPBM for Sexton, -4.4 DBPM for Clarkson), and he turns the ball over far less (2.0 for Sexton to 3.7 for Clarkson).
He’s better. He just is. Yet, Clarkson is getting played like he’s the star of the team, taking 20+ shots per game, and getting 31.3 minutes per game. Sexton, on the other hand, is getting 18.8 minutes per game, and out-shooting Clarkson. And not just a little, Sexton is hitting 46% of his shots on the season.
For some bizarre reason, Sexton is in fact an automatic bucket, yet people dismiss that. He’s far more effective, far more efficient of a scorer than Clarkson yet Sexton isn’t getting nearly the amount of minutes he truly deserves.
Yes, he’s Sexton’s bad on defense, but so is Clarkson. And Sexton is cheaper, more efficient, and can still grow as a player. We know what Clarkson is, he’s hit his peak and it makes no sense to play him over Sexton. Especially when they play similar styles