Below is a list of players picked in the top 10, how many minutes a game they are playing, and if they are starting.
2010 Top Draft Picks
1. John Wall (36) - Starter
2. Evan Turner (26) - Starter
3. Derrick Favors (21)
4. Wesley Johnson (22 last year)
5. DeMarcus Cousins (30) - Starter
6. Ekpe Udoh (20 last year)
7. Greg Monroe (32) - Starter
8. Al-Farouq Aminu (27) - Starter
9. Gordon Hayward (26)
10. Paul George (37) - Starter
2011 Top Draft Picks
1. Kyrie Irving (35) - Starter
2. Derrick Williams (20)
3. Enes Kanter (14)
4. Tristan Thompson (31) - Starter
5. Jonas Valanciunas (22)
6. Jan Vesely (13)
7. Bismack Biyombo (25) - Starter
8. Brandon Knight (32) - Starter
9. Kemba Walker (35) - Starter
10. Jimmer Fredette (14)
From the 2010 draft class, 4 of the top 10 picks are not starting, 2 are Jazz players, the other 2 (Udoh & Johnson) are busts. The 6 starters average 31 minutes a game.
Since 2005 the 3rd pick in the NBA draft was: Deron Williams, Adam Morrison (bust), Al Horford, OJ Mayo, James Harden, Favors, Kanter, Bradley Beal.
What is the best way to develop a player in this league? Would Cousins develop the same if he was playing 21 minutes a night as a reserve? Where would Favors be if he was starting in Sacramento and playing 30 minutes a night?
If you look at the numbers, the Jazz are clearly not developing players the same way as most of the league. When do players who deserve playing time get frustrated and become a distraction? Will these players want to re-sign with the same team? Are the Jazz developing players as well as the rest of the league?