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Despite the Jazz’ current winning ways, the teams still has one of the least productive benches in the entire league, averaging just over 20 points per outing. CJ Miles, who most Jazz fans believed would have his breakout season after his productive performance in last year’s playoffs, isn’t carrying nearly the weight that Jerry Sloan was hoping for.
Even though Miles is leading the bench in production, through nine games he’s averaging less than ten points per game in 24 minutes while shooting a career low from the field.
Mehmet Okur, who averaged 13.5 points per game and 7.1 rebounds per game last year in 29.4 minutes, is desperately needed back in Utah. His ability to stretch the defense as one of the best big-men shooters in the league is something the Jazz is missing, especially since, as a team, Utah is shooting a collective 35 percent from downtown.
Okur’s return is tentatively set for later this month or early December and that will allow Sloan to put a scorer on the floor with his second unit.
The backups for Paul Millsap and Al Jefferson, Kyrylo Fesenko (2.9 points per game and 2 rebounds per game) and Francisco Elson (2 points per game and 2.2 rebounds per game), have just been bodies on the floor to relieve the starters.
When Okur returns to the active roster, Utah’s bench should get a much-needed offensive lift while saving minutes for their bigs.