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Bigs in their Last 5 Games

In his last 5 games, Al Jefferson has averaged 11 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 38% FG shooting and has only had 8 FTA in that five-game time span to make 5 of them. In those 5 games, Utah is 2-3.

http://www.basketball-reference.com/players/j/jeffeal01/gamelog/2013/#609-613-sum:pgl_basic

Favors got to the foul line 12 times last night. He only made 5, but there is a center who knows how to get to the foul line and defend the paint. I don't think Favors has to be a first or second option scorer for Utah. He can be a third, fourth, or fifth scoring option, but he's going to find a lot of those points for himself with his offensive board, steals, and blocks just running the court.

Here are Favors stats in his last 5 games:

http://www.basketball-reference.com/players/f/favorde01/gamelog/2013/#201-205-sum:pgl_basic

So 6 ppg, 7 rpg, 2 bpg, and 3.2 FTA per game. Al averaged 29 mpg compared to Favors 23 mpg.

Kanter in the last 5 games:

http://www.basketball-reference.com/players/k/kanteen01/gamelog/2013/#127-131-sum:pgl_basic

In 18.8 mpg, Kanter is making 10 ppg, 4.6 rpg, and shooting 54% from FG range while getting 3.2 FTA per game where is making 93% of them. Pretty solid for an under-20-mpg-player.

In his last 5 games, Millsap has only been averaging 25 mpg. I'm sure some of that is him getting healthy slowly, but here are his stats anyway:

http://www.basketball-reference.com/players/m/millspa01/gamelog/2013/#521-525-sum:pgl_basic

11.6 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 5.6 FTA per game, and 1.6 spg. These are still pretty Millsap-esque numbers, where he isn't scoring as much is partly because he's not on the court as much. He's also shooting 43% which could be due to his recent injury.

No one is really being given a lot of time on the floor. Don't know if that's because Corbin is trying to bring back Jefferson and Millsap slowly so as to avoid reinjury, or has he seen the writing on the wall and decided to slowly increase Favors and Kanter's playing time? I think Favors and Kanter are getting there, and will be ready for big minutes next season. Recently, Favors had 6 blocks @ Chicago and 5 blocks @ OKC. Kanter is 15-16 from the FT line in his last 5 games.

All comments are the opinion of the commenter and not necessarily that of SLC Dunk or SB Nation.

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