With Al Jefferson out for the second-straight game for the Utah Jazz, Derrick Favors was able to get his second-straight start. On Friday against the Charlotte Bobcats, it was Enes Kanter that had the big-game. However, it was Favors who delivered the goods against the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday.
For the past year and a half, there have been many people that have called for the Jazz to “free Favors.” Whether it would be through giving him more minutes, trading someone away to give him a starting job or trading Favors away, people just want to see how talented this 21-year-old is right now.
Favors showed just how much potential he has on Monday. In just 30 minutes, Favors put up 23 points on 11-20 shooting. He also notched one block, one steal and one assist. For good measure, he grabbed 15 rebounds, including seven offensive boards, too. Those kinds of numbers aren’t just good, they’re elite.
Watching Favors play, it’s hard not to understand the sentiment behind the people who want him “freed.” A guy who has the obvious ability to put up a double-double every night is playing just 22.2 minutes per game when he’s only 21 years old and still has a ton of room to grow. That just doesn’t seem fair.
If Favors gets more opportunities like he has the past two games, it’s more than likely that he will continue to produce admirable numbers. There’s a chance that kind of play might help influence Utah to make moves this off-season to, once and for all, free Favors and let him become the young star that it appears he’s ready to become.