Apr 16, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Utah Jazz center Derrick Favors (15) dribbles in the first quarter against the Minnesota Timberwolves center Gorgui Dieng (5) at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

My Short Wish List For Derrick Favors

Right now the focus is on free agency, summer league and the new draft class.  I wanted to take a break from those topics and write briefly about this next season.

Derrick Favors supposedly was in a bunch of rumors involving the number one pick, but sources close to the situation said Derrick was never involved in those talks.  Whether they were true or not I am happy Derrick Favors is still a Jazzman and I don’t see him going anywhere anytime soon.

This is not an in-depth article with analysis, but briefly just what I’d like to see Derrick work on this off-season to take it to the next level for the 2014-15 season.

Things D Fav can work on:

Being Vocal- If you watched closely you could see Favors getting louder as the season went on.  He got more comfortable being the anchor of the defense.  That being said, he still has a long way to go before he is where the Jazz want him to be.  He has the knowledge and natural ability for where to be on the defense and now needs to do that for the entire team.  He needs to own the paint as a unit and the responsibility falls upon him.

One on one defense- Favors is great at help defense and if his guy was scoring it usually was because someone didn’t switch on to his guy.  When he is one on one I felt like guys were scoring on him more than they should.  His length and strength is up there to help him against anyone.  The problem I noticed is his focus to stop the guy on every play didn’t seem always there.  He never looked angry for letting someone score on him and I think he needs to show some emotion on that end.  Too often he put his head down and just passed the ball in after the easy bucket.

Offense- Obviously Favors offense is still missing a lot to be considered a threat.  Saying that however, D Fav improved leaps and bounds from the year before.  I need to see that same jump from him this year.  If he can do that, Favors will be a top 10-15 big man in the NBA.  Little things to work on include putting more arch on his jumper and improving his right to left game.

I know this is very broad and short, but when I get a moment I’ll have a lot more specific analysis from specific plays last year.


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