The big question going on right now surrounding the Utah Jazz is with the departure of our top two leading scorers from last season who is going to put the ball into the basket? This question has been asked both on a national and local level by the media and fans. I just don’t get it.
Favors was asked this same question and this was his response, via The Deseret News, “It’s time for two other people to be the leading scorers.” He also said this with a grin. Last year it was not Favors Job to score and yet he was still able to score being a 3rd or 4th option. David Locke recently stated on 1280 The Zone that during Favors’ practice session with Karl Malone, Malone would yell at him in his face saying “whats your go to move” Favors responded with, “My right hook,” If Derrick Favors has developed a consistent hook shot watch out.
Favors I’m sure is working on his jump shot with Malone, but he does not need one to be a consistently good scorer. did Chamberlain have a jump shot? or Kareem? Ewing didn’t have the best Jumper either. One can score with post moves and Favors has the athletic ability to be a beast down low. When asked about Favors, Malone said, ” The skill set he has is unbelievable” and then said ” If i was gauging a kid on a scale of one to 10-their strength, toughness, being light on their feet-I’d give this young man a nine” he then said, “I don’t give 10s” (Salt Lake Tribune). High praise from a Hall of Fame player that doesn’t usually give praise.
I believe This man is going to have a breakout year and 20 and 10 is very possible. Also when Hayward was the number one option of the bench all he did was excel, and we’ve seen him do the same against starters while not being a number one option. Burks we know can score, Burke we know could score in college, and Kanter all he does is score. with all of these guys getting more minutes scoring will not be an issue. What will separate this team from the playoffs or lottery is how they play defense.