The case for Favors' bright future


If the Utah Jazz have it their way and things go as planned, Enes Kanter and Derrick Favors will play together for many years to come. But who will be the better of the two young big men?

Yesterday, we wrote about Kanter and the big breakout season many envision for him in 2013-14. But as ESPN Insider Amin Elhassan writes today, the optimism surrounding Favor -- the No. 3 pick in 2010 already entering his fourth season -- may be even greater.

Amin Elhassin

Favors' ceiling is the highest on the Jazz

"While my Insider colleague Bradford Doolittle ranked Kanter as one of his top-5 breakout players for this season, citing his youth efficiency in 36 minute averages, Favors is my pick for the player (on the Jazz) most likely to take the biggest jump. The offseason losses of Paul Millsap and Al Jefferson open up a ton of minutes for both of those frontcourt players, but Favors brings an impressive combination of size, strength, elite athleticism and defensive IQ to go along with a blossoming offensive post game. The truth is, the Jazz will only go as far as Favors takes them, as he's the member of the Core Four (Alec Burks, Gordon Hayward, Kanter and Favors) with the potential to be elite at his position. He's got to improve his efficiency around the rim and finish shots that aren't dunks in order to take that leap, but the opportunity to play more than 24 minutes per game (along with an offseason preparing for the role) should go a long way in Favors' development."