SALT LAKE CITY -- It doesn't take Jerry Sloan to see that the Utah Jazz need help at the guard position.
Last year, its 1s and 2s shot a futile 33.4 percent from beyond the arc. Its lead floor general finished the season 23rd in the league in assists per game. And its starting backcourt committed more than 230 turnovers.
Fortunately, the squad has acquired some assistance.
Williams, who started his career here nearly 10 years ago, isn't the All-Star he once was, but he should be an upgrade over Ludacris look-a-like Devin Harris. Especially when it comes to shooting the leather sphere through the metal cylinder.
Harris, who's been pretty ho-hum since his arrival to Utah, shoots 44.1 percent from the floor, 31.5 percent from behind the three-point line, and 80.1 percent from the charity stripe.
Williams, too, boasts a 44.1 field goal percentage, but he connects on 38.7 percent of his three-point attempts and shoots 86.9 percent from the free-throw line.
In addition to being a more efficient shooter, Williams is also a better scorer than Harris. Despite playing out of position much of last season due to the Chris Paul deal, Williams led the Clippers in bench scoring (13.2 per game off the pine). Harris, on the other hand, collected just 11.4 points a contest.
Of course, he's not John Stockton. Not even Deron Williams. But if Mo stays healthy, he could lead the Jazz to numerous victories next year.
Jared Bray is a featured contributor for the Yahoo! Contributor Network. He has followed the Utah Jazz since 2008, when he covered the team as a sports correspondent for Brigham Young University's Daily News at Noon on KBYU-TV.
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