The Harris Poll

I got an e-mail from a reader, this week, wanting who was the new captain of the Utah Jazz.

Answer: TBD.

Tyron Corbin will get back to you on that.

But some interesting ideas have sprung up. One of them is Devin Harris. Though he’s new to the team, he clearly has leadership skills, as witnessed by the way he dealt with media upon his trade to Utah. Also, Harris appears to be a fearless player, the type that inspires others. He was a team captain in New Jersey.

Paul Millsap is a veteran, who knows his teammates well. But he’s a quiet type, not likely to call out anyone who isn’t doing the job.

Andrei Kirilenko has certainly been around long enough, and has the respect of teammates. But it has often been pointed out that at times Kirilenko’s syntax gets in the way of his message, which could disqualify him.

Raja Bell, who reportedly did some consulting with Deron Williams, definitely has the leadership, but he has been in a shooting slump much of this year. That doesn’t mean everything, but he might have enough things on his mind already. Plus, he’s nearing the end of his career, which may affect how younger players view him. However, he is high on the respect level.

One interesting possibility is Al Jefferson. The emotional, likable center certainly has the stats to lead. He has scored 20 or more points in 12 of the last 13 games, and topped 30 on three of those occasions. Against Boston on Monday, he not only had 28 points, 19 boards and two blocks, but he faced down Boston’s woof-master, Kevin Garnett — drawing a double technical.

Exactly how much power a captain has is debatable. It’s mostly a figurehead position. Still, if you need someone to call an impromptu meeting, it should be someone who plays a lot, produces well and has leadership skills.

While Jefferson or Bell could get the call, I’m thinking coach Tyrone Corbin will eventually go with newcomer Harris. Point guards run the offense and should be good at running the team, as well. Given his experience and demeanor, I’m expecting that sooner or later Harris will get the reins.

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