COMMENTARY | With the Core Four ready to go, all the Utah Jazz really need are point guards. Here are five free agents who could provide some assistance.
This savvy Spaniard is not your average Jose. After getting traded on Jan. 30 to the Detroit Pistons, Calderon shot a sizzling 52.7 percent from the field, including 52.0 from deep. His numbers before the trade were pretty hot, too. As a Raptor, Calderon posted a slash of 47.0 FG/42.9 3PT/90.4 FT. The No. 1 reason the Jazz should consider him: He's a pass-first, shoot-second point guard who has a career average of 7.2 assists per game.
Teague showed quite a bit of improvement for Atlanta Hawks this season. The 6-2 floor general upped his scoring average by two points (14.6), assist average by nearly three feeds (7.2) and free throw percentage by 13 points (88.1). His playoff numbers weren't the greatest, but the fact that he led the team to the postseason -- and won two games there -- is impressive.
DC is a solid PG, especially in regard to FG percentage. While most NBA points guards shoot in the low 40-percent range, Collison connects on 46.3 percent of his attempts. With the Dallas Mavericks this year, he sank 47.1 percent of his shots. His assist numbers could be higher, but 5.1 dimes per game isn't terrible.
Not as the starter, but as a backup. The former No. 9 pick doesn't see the court very often, but when Coach Vogel calls his number, he plays some solid basketball. On May 5, for example, in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the New York Knicks, Augustine shot 5 of 6, including 4 of 5 from three-point territory, for 16 points in 13 minutes.
Like Augustin, Mills would be a major upgrade over last year's geezer reserves (no offense, Jamaal Tinsley and Earl Watson). For the San Antonio Spurs this season, Mills has been an off-the-bench spark plug, averaging 5.1 points on 46.9 percent shooting in 11.2 minutes per game. Also, during the 2012 Olympics, he led all players in scoring with 21.2 points per contest. But here's what I really like about him: He's one of those towel-waving, fist-bumping energy guys that can bring a team together. And he likes Selena Gomez.
Jared Bray, a graduate of Brigham Young University's broadcast journalism program, has followed the Utah Jazz since 2008, when he covered the team as a sports correspondent for KBYU-TV's Daily News at Noon.
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