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QUESTION 5 –What will Jazz do at backup at point guard and if Randy Foye gets the backup pg minutes, what becomes of Watson and Tinsley?
It seems unlikely at this point that Earl Watson will be ready to go at the start of the season. He is battling as hard as he can to get back, but his knee surgery was pretty significant.
How the Jazz play their back up point guard minutes has numerous variables. First and maybe most importantly is the ability to run the team and get into the offense. Equally important is to play with the defensive intensity and toughness that Tyrone Corbin wants out of his point guard.
The back up point guard position may end up on the republican platform, with the trickle down effect. In other words if Alec Burks makes the step many hope for him to take in year 2 of his NBA career then the minutes for Randy Foye at the 2 guard disappears. Moreover, if the Jazz are still hoping to play Millsap at the 3 then even fewer minutes are available for Williams, Hayward, Burks and Foye at the 2 and 3.
Therefore, to get Foye on the floor it maybe necessitated by others that Foye play the back-up point guard.
So what does that do to Watson and Tinsley? Ron Boone always tells me that things will work themselves out over 82 games and last year certainly proved that to be true. However, if both Watson and Tinsley aren’t getting minutes and are both healthy it would make sense for the Jazz to move one of them as the season develops, rarely do teams carry 4 point guards.
However, if Mo Williams gets hurt Randy Foye is probably not the answer to play 30 minutes at the point as a starter so Watson and Tinsley could be very valuable insurance policies. We saw last year that both of them are capable of running a team and both bring super presence to the team.
Teams almost always have a role for a good veteran back up point guard and Watson and Tinsley fit that bill. However, many things will happen between now and whenever that has to be decided upon. For the time being the Jazz have great depth at a super important position.