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Utah Jazz Rank: Derrick Favors is the 4th most valuable

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Is he in for a bounce back year?

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We’re nearing the end of our ranking of the least to most valuable players on the Utah Jazz roster. The longer we’ve gone the harder this gets. Derrick Favors, arguably Utah’s best player heading into last season, has been voted 4th.

Some of you may not agree that he could have been considered the most valuable player last summer. That’s fine, because there was and still is some good talent on this team. I would, however, like to remind you that he averaged 16.4 points, 8.1 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks a game on 32 minutes a night. His numbers were very similar in 2014-2015. The only other players people to pull off those stat lines in those same seasons were Anthony Davis and Pau Gasol.

Here’s a highlight reel from the previous year to help us all remember.

He’s only a year removed from being in All-Star consideration. In fact, had one of those seasons been when the Jazz were in win-now mode, he may very well have been one. Oh and by the way, somehow he’s still only 26 years old.

Rumor has it that he’s trimmed down some and is in better health again. He’s also ventured out into 3 point range a bit in the preseason, which coincides with his continued ability to stretch the floor a little farther each season.

Unfortunately he did not look like himself last year, and enters this year with a lot to prove in a contract year. Hopefully we see the return of beast mode Favs. I’d love to see an old school combo of Rudy Gobert and Derrick Favors punish teams for going small this year.

Poll

Who is the 3rd most valuable player on the Utah Jazz roster?

This poll is closed

  • 69%
    Rodney Hood
    (219 votes)
  • 29%
    Ricky Rubio
    (92 votes)
  • 0%
    Rudy Gobert
    (3 votes)
314 votes total Vote Now