The Utah Jazz are in the midst of a rebuilding period after they saw their top two players depart via free agency, but the future could be bright sooner than than later for a certain budding star.
Power forward Derrick Favors has been used to coming off the bench or simply playing a good 20 minutes per game virtually his entire career, but that is about to change dramatically. Now that Paul Millsap and Al Jefferson are gone, he and center Enes Kanter take center stage as the Jazz front court.
Throughout his NBA career, Favors has averaged 8.3 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.2 blocks in just over 21 minutes per game. Last year, he continued his steady improvement as he put up career highs in all three of those areas. In 2012, he notched 9.4 points, 7.1 rebounds and 1.7 blocks in just 23 minutes per game.
As the likely starter now heading into 2013, Favors could continue his improvement in a much bigger way. He will most likely get 30-35 minutes per game, if not more on occasion.
At only 22 years old, Favors still has as high a ceiling as ever. The 6’10” forward shoots the ball at nearly 50 percent for his career and has an incredibly athletic frame. He’s a great rebounder and a high-energy guy as well.
All of last season, Favors only topped the 20-point mark in a game once. I think it is safe to say that he has a strong chance to raise that number going into this next year. While there has not been much good news for the Jazz this offseason, they can at least look forward to watching the young forward put in some work.