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It’s time to give Derrick Favors some love

Credit where credit is due for Favs career year

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Derrick Favors has been the focal point of a lot of things over the years for the Utah Jazz. He was the key piece when the Jazz decided to trade franchise point guard Deron Williams. When the front office finally decided to hit the reset button, Derrick Favors had become a focal point of the rebuild. For a year there Favs looked like the most important and best player on the roster. Since Rudy Gobert’s rise, however, Favors has mostly been the focal point of trade talks.

This year? He’s been the focal point of a lot of wins.

Is Derrick Favors the ideal fit next to Rudy Gobert? No. That’s pretty obvious. But don’t let an awkward fit cloud your judgement on just how good the power forward has been this year. In fact, looking at the statistics, he might be having the best year of his career.

Here are his Per-36 or advanced statistics that are career highs:

  • 11.4 rebounds per game
  • 1.8 assists per game
  • 58% from the field
  • 17 made threes
  • 123 offensive rating
  • .212 WS/48
  • 4.2 BPM
  • 2.7 VORP
  • .621 TS%

In his 23+ minutes a night, Favs has gone Hulk mode at times. Finally healthy, he’s got that explosive athleticism that he hasn’t displayed for years. I will never forget when he expressed some frustration a couple years ago due to his poor health.

He’s been absolutely great this year and is so easy to cheer for. As many of you probably know, Andy Bailey keeps an updated list that ranks all NBA players in 2018-19, according to the AVERAGE OF THEIR RANKS in 10 catch-alls. Rudy Gobert is unsurprisingly Utah’s highest rated player coming in at 7th overall. Who is the next highest on the roster?

Derrick Favors.

Favs is ranked as the 33rd overall player on the list. That’s better than Chris Paul and LeMarcus Aldridge. That’s better than Clint Capela and Luka Doncic. That’s better than Khris Middleton and Tobias Harris. Is he truly more talented than those players? Probably not. But his efficiency and effectiveness this year cannot be denied.

As we are nearing the end of another season, one that might be Derrick Favors’ last in a Jazz uniform, I had to take at least one downbeat to give the big fella some love. Thank you for your consistency and leadership. Thank you for your reliability and big moments. Thank you for the memories and legacy. Now let’s get back to it and make some more! I can confidently say that Favs will play a huge role in a playoff win or two here in a few weeks. And I can’t wait to witness it.