Jake's Take: 11/29/10 - Taking Notes from One of the Best
November 29, 2010
Jake LeRoy [@JakesTake34]
Bucks at Jazz
I’ve always been enamored with the offensive system Jerry Sloan has run throughout his tenure in Utah. Now in his 23rd year as the Jazz head coach, Sloan has run the same motion offense the entire time, and it’s as effective now as it has ever been. Opposing teams have had 23 years to scout this offense, and they’re no closer to solving the riddle than they were way back in 1988.
The Bucks could learn a lot from watching the Jazz run their offense. The discipline, player and ball movement with which Utah runs its offense is something any team could learn from. Milwaukee is currently last in the NBA in points per game, field-goal percentage and assists per game. Taking notes tonight about how the Jazz operate can only help the Bucks improve in each of those areas.
To me, it’s a system that’s a joy to watch. It’s a very fluid motion offense that uses all of its parts and consistently creates open shots for each of those parts. It seems like all five players are moving at all times, either setting screens for a teammate or coming off a screen set by a teammate. It’s a system that requires discipline from all positions, but if that discipline is obtained, all five opposing players are forced to work because they are in constant motion. This quickly fatigues the defense and, in turn, results in numerous open looks for the offense.
All of these open looks have boosted Utah’s offense to one of the best in the league. Over the last four years, the Jazz have finished no worse than second in assists, third in field-goal percentage, seventh in points per game and ninth in offensive efficiency. This offense has produced not only team success, but individual success as well. It helped Karl Malone and John Stockton turn in Hall of Fame careers, and has greatly aided guys like Deron Williams and Carlos Boozer develop strong r