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Utah Jazz Have the Worst Point Guard Situation in the NBA, Need Trey Burke Back

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 05:  John Lucas III #5 of the Utah Jazz carries the ball down court against the Brooklyn Nets during the second half at Barclays Center on November 5, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The Nets defeat the Jazz 104-88. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
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Andy BaileyFeatured Columnist IVJanuary 1, 2017

Bless their hearts, point guards John Lucas III and Jamaal Tinsley just cannot get anything done for the Utah Jazz.

Lucas started the first two games of the season, Tinsley the last three. Neither was able to accomplish much good for the team.

Their individual numbers are dismal. Lucas is averaging 7.4 points while shooting 34.1 percent from the field and 18.2 percent from three-point range. Tinsley's blown up for 2.4 assists and 1.4 points a game while shooting 18.8 percent from the field.

Combined, the picture might be even more depressing. HoopsStats.com categorizes stats by position, and no team in the league produces fewer points and assists from the 1 than the Jazz. They're also dead last in point guard field-goal percentage at 27.3. I repeat, 27.3!

And you'd think after five games that someone would try to shake things up, like coach Tyrone Corbin or general manager Dennis Lindsey, or anyone. Seriously, anyone?

I've previously suggested two solutions: one would have to come from Corbin, the other from Lindsey.

First, Corbin could start Alec Burks at the point. He played quite a few minutes there last season and spent time working on his playmaking ability with John Stockton this summer.

Second, the front office could trade for someone like Andre Miller or Jimmer Fredette.

But neither of those options seem like things the team is willing to pursue right now. Or at least we haven't read anything outside of bloggers and fans that would suggest such courses.

Maybe they really are determined to win that coveted 2014 lottery.

If that's the case, we're resigned to accept the Tinsley/Lucas rotation until rookie Trey Burke returns from a broken finger.

His selection with the No. 9 overall pick this past summer was one of the biggest reasons for fans' excitement heading into this season. That excitement was tempered by a terrible showing in summer league and preseason, but somehow the current level of play from the position is even worse than Burke's struggles.

Between now and his return, maybe the Jazz could get creative.

If the NBA wouldn't honor such a petition, the Jazz and their loyal fans may have to just exercise some patience. Everyone knew this was going to be a long year—the first in a complete rebuild.

But losing isn't fun. Not for the players or the fans watching.

 

All stats courtesy of Basketball-Reference or NBA.com unless otherwise noted.

For 140-character pearls of wisdom from Bleacher Report's Andy Bailey, follow him on Twitter @AndrewDBailey.

 

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