Where were you when the Jazz landed Derrick Favors in that blockbuster trade? Well, we all know Deron Williams was watching Sports Center. All I remember was a text message from ESPN. Immediately fans were excited and ready to start comparing Favors to elite NBA centers. One current center that drew comparisons was Dwight Howard.
What my eyes tell me is that Favors is more advanced offensively than Howard, he has more moves around the basket and more versatility. He has yet to figure out how to finish those shots and still needs to improve his touch around the basket. When that takes place he will make a huge jump offensively.
On the defensive and rebounding end of the floor he is a beast. He reminds me of Howard. It is silly how much he stands out athletically and skill wise compared to the other elite athletes on the floor.
Take a moment and consider the Jazz have a version of Dwight Howard anchoring the middle of this roster. That immediately makes you an elite NBA defensive team and if you are a top 8 defensive team in the NBA you win 50 games.
Last night, Favors was dominating. It was awe inspiriing. It was a glimpse into the future, a future that will be littered with all-star games, all defensive teams and an MVP is not out of the picture.
– David Locke
Now both players will have something else in common. Hall of Famers becoming their coach. Dwight Howard was coached by Patrick Ewing in Orlando all those years. All the years of being an all-star and defensive player of the year came with a HOF center coaching him at his craft.
Derrick Favors will now get the same benefit with Karl Malone. Karl Malone is clearly one of the best power forwards to have ever played the game. With such a high profile big man mentoring Derrick Favors I am developing some hopeful expectations of what can happen.
– Pick and Roll. You all know what I am talking about. Time to teach Favors how to perfect the roll option of the pick and roll. There is no better big man to teach this. I am hoping the amount of charges from Favors on the pick and roll can now go down. Oh, and maybe this can limit his fouls when defending the pick and roll too.
– Overall Offensive Prowess. Karl Malone didn’t average 25 points/game over his career just on the pick and roll. He could hit the open jumper as well.
– Flying Elbows. Derrick Favors already is pretty physical. This last season he even started standing up to players like Dirk Nowitzki. With Malone mentoring and coaching him no one will try to pick pocket his rebounds. He will be more of a leader. It may be hard to believe but he may even play more physical.
– Defensive Leader. This I am adding not because the Mailman will bring it, but because it needs to happen. When I look at great defensive players two come to mind: Joakim Noah and Kevin Garnett. They are the quarterbacks of the defense when they are on the floor. I would love to see Favors take up that kind of responsibility. It is time for Favors and Hayward to own this team.
– Third Person. I cannot wait until Favors makes his first 3rd person reference. That day/night everyone will start making the comparisons to who does it better.
So, what do you think the Mailman will bring to Favors and the Jazz?