Derrick Favors Still Buried in Utah Jazz’s Frontcourt Log-Jam
The Utah Jazz are currently in the seven-seed in the NBA’s Western Conference at 31-25. They also have two of the most productive big-men in the league in Paul Millsap and Al Jefferson. Both players have Player Efficiency Ratings in the 20s and are averaging over 15 points and seven rebounds per game.
However, the Jazz also have another frontcourt player that could potentially be mentioned among the best in the league—Derrick Favors.
Favors is averaging 9.4 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game, despite playing just 22 minutes per game. That means that he is averaging an impressive 15.4 points, 10.3 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per 36 minutes. He’s also shooting 47.8 percent, around the same efficiency of Millsap and Jefferson.
The problem is that Utah has what can only be described as too many post-players on their roster. It’s hard to play Favors over two players as talented and productive as Millsap and Jefferson, but it’s also hard to say that Favors isn’t deserving of seeing a good amount of time on the floor.
The logical solution to this would have been to trade either Millsap or Jefferson before the trade deadline, something that was rumored to be a possibility. But that didn’t happen. Now, the Jazz will most likely have to wait until next season before they give Favors starter’s minutes as Jefferson and Millsap will both be free agents.
Although the Jazz have enjoyed success behind Millsap and Jefferson, it’s unfortunate that the 21-year-old Favors is being forced to wait to realize his potential. Favors could one day develop into an All-Star-caliber power forward, but that’s not going to be able to happen as long as the Jazz have this log-jam in their frontcourt.