FILM STUDY – Part 2 – How the Jazz big men perform in the post?


At this point, not a lot to learn here. Almost everything is in the left block. Unlike the other guys he has a nice foundation of moves that he is mixing between with a set goal on each touch.

He seems to know based on how he is being defended where he is going with the ball everytime. The question is could he do it quicker? His footwork is really special so he is able to adjust when he needs to.


Watching the collection of post ups by Paul recently is a hard watch. He is usually on the right block and he is trying to get by guys with his quickness off the dribble and he isn’t. Then if he beats someone and any help defense comes he is not a good enough athlete to rise up over them and his lack of height really shows. His lack of height is very obvious on these plays. Ron Boone has been mentioning this he is getting really tough looks.

His counter move is a fade baseline jumper similar to what Boozer used to do, but Paul is not getting the separation he needs and that shot is getting blocked at times and he hasn’t used it recently. He has become almost entirely straighten up and put the ball on the floor at the big man.

When he scored it was off Jefferson getting the ball in the high or mid post and he sneaks underneath the rim for deep position. Paul is remarkable off the ball at getting himself free. When is guarded by a young player he is able to draw a foul, Patrick Patterson, Jan Vesley or Derrick Williams. However, he is not facing the best defenders. Those players are on Jefferson and Millsap is not beating Scola, Patterson, Bonner, Booker, Ayon and Cunningham.


Watching him he is much more comfortable on the left block going to the middle than anything else. He is a bit lost on the right block of what he wants to do with the ball. His best move from the right block is to the middle for a little fading jumper. All of the moves are there but it doesn’t feel like he has a progression of what he is trying to do. For example, against New York he had a really nice move from the right block where he started to the middle and then came back for a baseline jump hook. That was really solid. If he could put those two together into his primary and his counter then he has the framework for a post game. Against, LA they went to him on the right block and Murphy overplayed him to the middle and he went up and under to the baseline for the lay-up. That is the three play package that he needs from the right block. Yet, at times we still see other things, like a left hand hook. It is just too much.

From the left block his primary move is rolling hook to the middle. The other thing he will do is straighten up fast and put it on the floor to the baseline side. His other left block play is a jumper over the top. Again this is the package he need but none of it is refined. This is less effective.

The Oklahoma City game on Feb 10th Favors was really engaged and active. Since then he has been much more passive with his moves.


The bright side is he is so big he gets great position and can really seal people. Otherwise, his post play is where you can tell how little he has played. Where his rebounding is instinct, his post play needs some patter and thought and it is not there yet.

He has a signature move from which to build. He gets the ball on the left block and he will always take a slight move to the middle and then drop step to the baseline side to the rim. He uses his body so well that he moves people.

I am not sure he has scored on any other move all season. He has a nice touch so he will develop a jumper off that move and maybe a short J to the middle. When he doesn’t get to his main move is can be a pretty tough possession.

He is elevating more as the season goes on. Looking at his early season plays and he was having a hard time finishing because he couldn’t get off the ground.

He dribbles the ball way to close to his body and is susceptible to getting the ball swiped on the reach around. This has happened numerous times.