Since returning from injury earlier on this season, Utah Jazz bigman has played in 26 games. Over that span the Jazz have gone 14-12 and had a few win streaks and a few losing streaks. There were games they should have lost but didn't, and some games they should have won -- but failed to show up for. One thing the eye-ball test screams is that Favors is a legit offensive scorer in this league now, and the team seems to be rolling when they get him the ball. Do the stats agree? I had to look it up. So here are all of his minutes, points, shots, and the rates of each, for the last 26 games of Jazz basketball:
Well, that's interesting. The only main difference between his minutes, points, shots, and so forth in wins and losses seems to be his PPS value. Which is, duh, highly influenced by getting to the free throw line. In the games where he is getting to the line and making his freebies it's more likely that he is hurting the other team. In the games where he is taking shots, getting fouled but not rewarded with free throws, it's likely that he's less efficient.
But he plays about the same number of minutes, takes about the same number or shots, and in both cases, is averaging 17 ppg. One take-away could be that Favors is actually one of the few reliable parts of our offense right now; and that alone could be a reason why we should give him the rock more.
I will take his 17 ppg at above average efficiency over watching one of our guards shoot it 15-20 times a night and not break even. But that's just me. I grew up watching Frank Layden 's remix of Dick Motta's offense; only to then watch Jerry Sloan's remix of that offense with the assistance of Phil Johnson. I am USED to the ball going into forwards for points on points on points. Perimeter guys? This is a new ballgame for me.