Utah Jazz 2013 Player Profile: Derrick Favors

By John Raffel
Chris Nicoll-USA TODAY Sports

Plenty will be expected of Derrick Favors with the Utah Jazz this season.

Expect Favors to deliver.

The Jazz will expect Favors to provide plenty of production at the power forward spot. They allowed Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap to leave via free agency and want to open the door to Favors who plans on walking through it and never coming back. He’s matured enough that he’s expected to handle the pressure very well.

Utah coaches like Favors’ work ethic and coachability. What they’re especially hoping to like will be the way he delivers on the court.

The Jazz are looking for Favors at 6-foot-10, 250-pounds to dominate the paint effectively. As a starter for Utah last season, Favors averaged 10.1 points, 10 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game. Defensively, the Jazz expect Favors to have an excellent season. Actually, if they’re going to be a playoff contender, he’ll have to have his best season in his NBA career. His shooting percentage of 48.2 percent from last season could stand some improvement. His free throw shooting improved to nearly 70 percent last season, which was almost a 10-percent improvement from two years ago. He’ll be playing more minutes so having a high shooting percentage in all areas is critical for Favors and the Jazz.

Last year he saw action in 77 games last year and started eight times, but Favors must now gear up for the grind of an 82-game schedule with him in the starting lineup most of the time. If he lives up to his potential and doesn’t have too many off nights, Favors will be one of the top three most important players on the Jazz roster.

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