Utah Jazz Guard Devin Harris Must Evolve Distribution Skills to Succeed

Ryan HatchContributor IIISeptember 28, 2011

CHICAGO, IL - MARCH 12: Devin Harris #5 of the Utah Jazz drives against Derrick Rose #1 of the Chicago Bulls at the United Center on March 12, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bulls defeated the Jazz 118-100. 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 Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Devin Harris is a good point guard, right?

The answer is yes he is a good point guard, but he has plenty of room to make improvements. Harris has the ability to be a great point guard in the NBA. He has great scoring ability and can penetrate the paint very well. Those offensive skill sets are the pieces that contribute to him being a good player, but he needs to evolve his distribution skills.

Harris is not a terrible distributor of the basketball. He has improved his assist per game average nearly every season in the league. In 2010-2011 he had a career high 7.1 assists per game. In his 17 games played for the Jazz, he only averaged 5.4 assists per game. With the young scoring talent developing around him, Harris needs to do his part and run the offense.

The Utah Jazz have been a team over the last 20 years that have had a very efficient offensive system. The point guard is there to facilitate the Utah offense and give the players around him a chance to score. With Jerry Sloan gone and Tyrone Corbin in the driver's seat, the Jazz system that cycled undisturbed for two decades is likely to change.

However, that change will not be dramatic. A distributing point guard will be as important as ever.

Harris is an energetic, flashy point guard that has great ball handling skills. If he can develop into a pass-first point guard and lead that Utah offense he will be successful. His style of play fits in well with young players such as Derrick Favors and Gordon Hayward.

The development of these younger players depends a lot on the opportunities they get on offense. If Devin Harris can distribute the ball to them in an efficient manner, the Jazz will be more successful.

Many of the pieces are there for Harris and the Jazz. Now they need to capitalize on their youth and talent in order to be a successful team in the NBA.