The Jazz have bounced back well in wake of the Deron Williams trade, making the playoffs last year in spite of low expectations. How did they do it?
Part of the key is that the two major scorers, Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap, combined to take about 30 of Utah's 83 shots per game while turning the ball over so infrequently. Jefferson boasted an astoundingly low 5 percent turnover rate, the lowest rate ever for a player with a usage rate over 25 percent. Millsap was quite good in this category, too, coughing it up on only 10 percent of his possessions. In fact, no one on the Jazz averaged so many as two turnovers per game. Point guard Devin Harris (since traded to the Hawks) averaged 1.9. Most teams, including other elite offenses like the Thunder, featured a player with more than three turnovers per game.
At this point, it seems like Williams is a jack-of-all-trades, master-at-none type of player. He's a decent three-point shooter, hitting 39 percent from downtown last year, but he's been worse in previous years. He's a decent rebounder for his position, a decent cutter, a serviceable defender and an OK enough isolation player when he's been given chances. Bigger-picture, his PER has hovered between 13 and 16 for the five years. It's hard to get more average than that.