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Derrick Favors
Derrick Favors
Position: F
Born: 07/15/91
Height: 6-9 / 2.06
Weight:246 lbs. / 111.6 kg.
Salary: $9,258,000
Is this Utah Jazz team legitimate? Jordan Clarkson: Yeah, I think we are legitimate. We’ve got a lot of talented guys that can make plays. We’ve got a defensive anchor, Rudy Gobert, Derrick Favors coming out of the bench for us. Royce O’Neale I’ve been calling him like ‘First team all-defense’ because he goes out there every night. And he gets the best player on the floor. He’s doing all the hard work while we’re out there shooting threes and making it look pretty. But yeah, we got two big time stars in Donovan Mitchell and Rudy… My thing has always been day to day, waking up the next day, we just try to be better than that day and win the game.
“I think sometimes, people got the wrong perception of Salt Lake City, or Utah or whatever, especially with the organization, with the history with the players, and obviously the demographics out here,” Favors said by phone this week. “But I think a lot of players are comfortable coming out here. It’s just a chance to get away from the hustle and bustle in all the big cities, all the lights and glamour in the big cities. You can come out here and just focus on basketball, focus on what you need to do to become a better player. And guys just have a comfort level out here. …
“You still probably have to go on Amazon and do a lot of other stuff to get what you need out here, because as a Black person, they don’t really have a lot of stuff for Black people — not yet, I’m pretty sure it’s coming, but not yet,” Favors said. “So you still have to maybe go online or have stuff shipped. But guys got one or two barbers out here. The restaurants here are pretty cool. But like I said, you come out here, as a player, you mostly focus on basketball, getting better, winning games, trying to win a championship. And I think the organization does a good job of catering to the players, making sure that they’re comfortable, making sure that they’ve got everything they need.”
Well, they’re back. Gobert is a 98th percentile defender, Conley 97th; with player development success stories in Georges Niang (94th), Royce O’Neale (88th); and Derrick Favors (75th) covers the paint well when Gobert rests. The team sits second overall in team defense. Gobert’s first in the league by defensive rating and win shares. He’s top five in practically everything on that side of the ball: blocks per game, block percentage, rebounds, rebound percentage. He’s the reason the Jazz lead the league in rebounding percentage. And knowing he’s back protecting the rim empowers Jazz perimeter defenders to get cozy with opposing scorers.
Considering what the Jazz are today — a team that can hurt you in so many different ways, with so many different players — it’s fitting that those were the words Snyder uttered from the very first practice in 2104. “When Quin got there, there was a changing of the culture,” Favors said. “The previous culture was Ty Corbin and Jerry Sloan. And that was a great culture. But Quin brought a fresh new energy into the players and the franchise and the locker room. As players, we all fed off of it in a positive way. Quin laid down the foundation and said this is how we’re going to build. We wanted to share the ball. We wanted to establish pace and we always wanted to attack the rim.”