Oct 16, 2012; Anaheim, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Jodie Meeks (20) is defended by Utah Jazz guard Raja Bell (10) and forward Derrick Favors (15) as Lakers forward Reeves Nelson (91) watches at the Honda Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports

Derrick Favors: Fueling the Fire

Derrick Favors has been ready for his chance since he entered the league.  The Georgia Tech sensation, drafted third overall by the New Jersey Nets, was talked about in trades from the second he got drafted.  They never had him in their future plans as it showed throughout the year in rumors for Carmello.

Then the unthinkable happened and the Utah Jazz traded away their all star point guard Deron Williams for Devin Harris, Derrick Favors and 2 first round picks (Enes Kanter and Trey Burke).  The day had finally come for Derrick to play for a team that wanted him.  But then the Jazz for whatever reason barely played the 6’10” power forward as they had an undersized but “hard working” Paul Millsap ahead of him.

The first season passed and Derrick didn’t play anymore than he did in New Jersey, in fact he played less.  Then the second year came and “the big three” rarely played together and Favors started just one game in the playoffs against the Spurs.  His game altering defense caused the switch to happen and every fan wondered why Corbin didn’t make the switch earlier.

The 2012-13 season however was going to be Favors year for sure as Paul Millsap or Al Jefferson was expected to be traded early as the Jazz made room for Favors.  But that never happened either.  Two and a half seasons later Derrick has yet to get his chance but he has let that burn inside him to push him harder.

Just last Thursday Derrick had a chance to show that he can play with the best young guys in the USA at the scrimmage in Vegas.  However, his back tightened up the day before and he only played one quarter and didn’t look right.  He was “mad as hell.”   The point is Derrick has been working harder than anyone this offseason probably in the whole NBA.  With Malone pushing him every step of the way Favors will definitely (better or I’ll boycott my beloved team!) get his chance to start and contribute big this next year.

Any longer and he might’ve lost the motivation needed to succeed in this league, but instead expect Favors to average a double-double and be in the top 5 of blocks per game this year.  He’s ready and he’s been chomping at the bit for his moment.  In other words: It’s Favors time!

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