Originally posted on SPORTS CAVE Live  |  Last updated 12/29/11

Al Jefferson, Gordon Hayward, Paul Millsap, Devin Harris, & Raja Bell... the starting 5? nope. It's the 5 guys with the highest averages of minutes played, in order.


If those are the top 5 guys you would have liked to of seen with the most minutes, two games into this accelerated season, then I'll tip my hat to you and wish you good luck as you look elsewhere for a fun little ditty to read about the Utah Jazz.                                                                       Go Jazz!
O.K., now that he's gone can we all just say it; WTF! (What The Favre!)
Why is a stop gap guy like Raja Bell being used as a full time, minute laden starter!? To be fair, I have no problem with Raja. I think he's had a great career, and seems to be a pretty good locker room guy with a great "Act like you've been here before." attitude. He stiffed Kobe and the Lakers which right there is enough for me. But when a 35 year old shooting guard gleans an average of 22 minutes over two blow out games as the youthful legs of Alec Burks & C.J. Miles rot on the bench, It makes me feel like my T.V. set is puking on me. To be clear, I actually think using Raja as a starter is a good Idea. After warming up, the worst thing for a pair of old SG legs to do is sit restless. But starting Raja and playing him for over 20 minutes are two different stories. So after the above mentioned 5 who would you guess is pulling down the most minutes... what if I told you it was the one player that has a guaranteed contract that missed almost all of camp and has never played on a Jazz team. Yup, Josh Howard is your sixth man with a 21 minute average. Again, much like Bell, I really don't mind Howard, and think he's a descent signing... as long as he's not taking these huge minutes from Alec Burks! Why!? Why is he playing so many minutes? So, what is the perfect amount of minute allotment? Well obviously it is a living number as players play up, play down, get injured, or get in foul trouble. But sure, I'll take a crack at what I'd like it to look something like as of right now:  -At each of the 5 positions there is 48 minutes on the floor (non-overtime game)  -Simple math says that's 240 minutes a night to divide up for a team  -I combined the PF and Center positions into just one 'BIGS' category (96 minutes)  -I combined the SF and SG position into just one interchangeable 'WINGS' category (96 Minutes)
BIGS Jefferson 27 Millsap   20 Favors   24 Kanter   19 Evans     6       TOTAL: 96

WINGS Hayward  28 Miles       18 Burks      18 Bell          11 Howard    8 Evans       7 Millsap     6 Harris * (can play minutes in unique situations) TOTAL: 96

PG's Harris     26 Watson  18 Tinsley     4 Burks *        TOTAL: 48
MPG:  Hayward    28  Jefferson    27 Harris        26 Millsap      26 Favors      24 Kanter      19 Miles        18 Burks       18 Watson    18 Evans       13 Bell          11 Howard     8 Tinsley       4     TOTAL:   240
What do ya think? Obviously this could change on a per night basis, or over a season if a player rises or falls in skill,but this is what I would set as a goal minutes break down. 
Here is the actual minutes breakdown.
It's all about timing this season, and it would appear that Corbin is a bit off the mark.
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