Derrick Favors has always been considered a very talented basketball player who could end up being a force offensively with the proper amount of playing time under his belt.
The former Georgia Tech product, however, is clearly not a finished product at both ends of the court as he faces his first full season as a starter, but the potential is obvious and the Utah Jazz bet on his upside as they have reportedly given Favors a four-year, $49 million extension.
One of the most happy with the move was head coach Tyler Corbin, who said to be “excited for him and the organization as Favors has grown consistently over the years”
The question here, however, is not whether he will end up being a solid player, which he already is, but rather if he’s worth almost $50M.
The Jazz organization clearly thinks that as they decided to part ways with Al Jefferson (who signed with the Charlotte Bobcats) and Paul Millsap (who’s now with the Atlanta Hawks) this summer in order to make room for both Favors and young center Enes Kanter, another high upside player that’s rated extremely well by the franchise.
It’s worth noticing that Favors has shown a marked improvement entering his fourth year in the NBA. After being selected with the No. 3 pick in 2010, he has seen a gradual increase in his minutes until last year, where he was arguably one of the most solid players coming off the bench. He features good movements in the post and he’s a solid rebounder with the potential to be one of the best interior defenders for years to come.
After not reaching the playoffs last season, Utah decided to go younger as they will look to make a postseason run this year with homegrown guys like Favors, rookie guard Trey Burke and shooter Gordon Hayward.
Locking up Favors long-term is definitively a good step in that direction.