Apr 1, 2013; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Utah Jazz power forward Derrick Favors (15) dunks during the second half against the Portland Trail Blazers at EnergySolutions Arena. The Jazz won 112-102. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

Utah Jazz: Who’s Going to Bleeping Score? Derrick Favors is Ready!

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.


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  • NightyKnight13

    Actually, the only player whose scoring I’m not worried about is Hayward. There’s a reason everyone is asking about the Jazz offense, and not its defense. Favors, Kanter, and Burks are all good defenders, Hayward gets a highlight block here and there, and Burke will probably get embarassed a few times by the veteran point guards, but on offense it’s a trickier proposition. None of the returning players (besides Hayward) were asked last season to provide much offense other than the occasional offensive rebound and putback. Burke, as exciting as he can become, is not an improvement over Mo Williams in either shooting or passing. I’m not saying they won’t be good eventually, but this season could be rough offensively. Plus, no one ever accused Corbin of being an offense-scheme mastermind.

    • fastfox1306

      Just want to add that Hayward’s defense is very underrated. He doesn’t just get a “block here and there,” he is probably our best perimeter defender. Yes I agree Burke will have a lot of trouble on D, but the other 4 won’t that is for certain. I actually think both Hayward and Burks will have no problem scoring. Burke, Favors and Kanter will be inconsistent I think.

      Also I think the offense will be loads better…lets be fair to Corbin, he has had it rough the past 3 years. I’m not saying he’s coach of the year, I just think now the Jazz know where they’re heading, things will be slightly easier for Corbin X and O wise. He still needs to get better in game management though.

      • Roury McDermott

        Hey I agree 100% that Hayward has great defense and is underrated. I just think offensively Favors is going to surprise a lot of people.