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Derrick Favors finding groove as Jazz push to make playoffs

Apr 8, 2013, 10:42 PM EDT

Derrick Favors AP

Enes Kanter has been solid for the Jazz all season but he is done for this season, but a dislocated shoulder likely has him done for the season.

But that has meant more minutes for Derrick Favors. You remember him, the guy the Jazz got back as the heart of the Deron Williams trade.

And he has started to live up to his promise at a time the Jazz needs plays and wins, reports the Salt Lake Tribune.

In the next six games, he averaged 12.3 points, 9.2 rebounds and 1.7 blocks in 27 minutes….

“He’s grown all year,” said teammate Mo Williams. “He’s getting to the point where he’s turning the corner. … He’s doing great things for us down the stretch.”

(Jazz coach Ty) Corbin agrees: “One huge thing is the defensive presence he creates — the plays he makes on the defensive end when you don’t think there’s a play to be made.”

Favors was raw coming out of college, he showed a lot of promise but it was going to take time. At times it’s been hard for him to get those minutes behind Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap. Favors’ minutes have increased slightly but his efficiency has been better each year (he has a good PER of 17.8).

Next season look for him to be a breakout player — but we’re getting a little preview of that now.

  1. briggdude - Apr 8, 2013 at 11:26 PM

    That’s why it’s important to make the playoffs and let him get the experience. Jefferson and Millsap are gone next year. Excited to see what the Jazz can do in the next few years

  2. ncm42 - Apr 8, 2013 at 11:38 PM

    ‘Enes Kanter has been solid for the Jazz all season but he is done for this season, but a dislocated shoulder likely has him done for the season.’

    90% of the time it works, every time….

    • smoothaswilkes - Apr 8, 2013 at 11:54 PM

      I believe the quote is:

      “60% of the time, it works everytime.”

      You might want to get it right, if you are going to point out mistakes.

    • 4thquartermagic - Apr 9, 2013 at 2:52 AM

      I actually got light-headed trying to make sense of that sentence. A typo is excusable but a sentence like that is ridiculous.

    • deadeyedesign23 - Apr 9, 2013 at 8:30 AM

      I’m gonna go get the papers, get the papers.

  3. rickyspanish - Apr 9, 2013 at 12:04 AM

    I like Enes Kanter. The Jazz have potential.

  4. saint1997 - Apr 9, 2013 at 1:44 AM

    I love the Jazz bench. Hurry up and trade all their starters for a good PG please

    • 4thquartermagic - Apr 9, 2013 at 2:51 AM

      you had one and traded him to the Nets

      • sasquash20 - Apr 9, 2013 at 12:38 PM

        That will end up being a great trade for years to come. Favors will be force once Jefferson and Millisap are gone. And what is he 21-22? Great trade if you understand patience

      • saint1997 - Apr 10, 2013 at 4:16 AM

        firstly can i just say I’m not a jazz fan nor am i part of the jazz organisation so i don’t know why you’re saying ‘you’. Also D-Will could only take them so far, with this youthful roster they needed those seasons without D-Will and now can trade for Bledsoe or Jennings

      • 4thquartermagic - Apr 10, 2013 at 3:54 PM

        D-Will could only take them so far but i guarantee he took them farther then either Bledsoe or Jennings can. Premier point guards are almost as rare as premier bigs.

      • saint1997 - Apr 11, 2013 at 3:10 AM

        yeh but they don’t need a premier PG, they need a good athletic young PG and then let their bigs develop into premier bigs

  5. ncm42 - Apr 9, 2013 at 3:20 AM

    @smooth…I see you really get the whole irony thing, huh?

  6. ncm42 - Apr 9, 2013 at 3:24 AM

    Especially when they are pretty regular in these articles. I know we’re all busy, but come on…

  7. badintent - Apr 9, 2013 at 4:01 AM

    would love to see the Jazz bump the Kobettes out. Bring back Malone for the final games

  8. bucrightoff - Apr 9, 2013 at 9:46 AM

    Until the regular season is over, the Jazz are America’s Team. Go Utah!

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