He has improved nd he is showing it. He is top 5 in the NBA in block shots, while only playing 24 minutes a game while the guys ahead of him are playing 30 min. I really hope a trade is in the near future because I can not wait any longer to see the future of the Jazz franchise shine the way he will.
The Jazz almost have to trade Milsap or Jefferson. A few teams could really use both and the Jazz could upgrade the wing.
I agree that Favors needs to start now and Kanter needs to get more minutes. I was more for Jefferson being traded but now that he seems to be the main mentor for Favors and Kanter, it is Milsap that needs to go. Marvin Williams has replaced him to some degree as the 3/4 guy and Williams ability to mostly be a 3 man is a better fit since Milsap is a more natural 4 even though he has a all around game.
I would love for Houston to get him. I like Patterson but I think Milsap is better now and they have a lot of young even if they move some. Houston may not have enough pieces unless Jazz only wants young players and picks.
There are some other teams that could use him as well. They may have better pieces to trade.
As much as I would love to start both favors and kanter, none of them can space the floor like Paul or big al. They both are liabilities on offense and if you have two big men with no range that leads to poor floor spacing. I say start favors over al as Paul ha more range and stats prove Derrick was better when he played center last year
No trades "need" to be made. The Jazz have good potential at the wing positions in Burks and Hayward they are raising within thier system the same way Favors has developed. They put talented professionals that are veterans in this league and allow the young talebt to learn and earn playing time and expanded roles. The only hole they have maybe at PG yet when you Jefferson, Millsap and Favors as your frontcourt Mo seems like a very capable starter considering the team will be pounding you in the post the PGs main duties become bringing the ball up the court safely, playing hard D, hitting open jumpers and keeping everyone involved.
During the Jazz and Raptors triple overtime game they ran Favors, Millsap and Jefferson down the stretch. They wore out the Raps and basically fouled their frontcourt out made Bargnani and Valanciunas ineffective and wore out the whole team. Millsap can play SF when the player he is gaurding is not an explosive or quick dribble drive scorer. That game Millsap played 44 minutes, Favors 45 and Jefferson 49. Expect to see more of that in the future.
Millsap and Jefferson are two players that are nearly impossible to replace in this league. Favors is more effective partly because of the presence they bring the Jazz. I cant make up my mind on who the most underrated player in the NBA is but those two are top 5 and its almost annoying to see them disrespected so much. They are three completely different players that all complement eachother perfectly whether all three are on the floor or even two at a time. Id rather trade Kanter in a package for a young PG like Bledsoe or Marshall so they can repeat the great development process at PG.
Favors needs to work with Karl Malone on his post moves next summer, because hes already a defensive star. I would like to see Favors start at Center for the Jazz and lead the NBA in BPG. Milsap has a 3 point shot now and can guard SF's and PF's, I would trade Al Jefferson and keep Milsap.
With Karl Malone? On post moves? I don't believe Karl Malone had any post moves.
Al Jefferson and Milsap are both playing well. If you can get value for a trade from them, fine. But these guys are balling these days, so you can't give them away. Unless you just want to tank the season and head for deap lottery territory.
Why trade Jefferson I dont get it. Jefferson is arguably the best low post scorer on the NBA if anyone teaches Favors a post game its him. Jefferson and Millsap are as dynamic a frontcourt duo as any two players in the league and Favors can still average 30 mpg with those two at PF and C. Theres 96 mpg to be played at the PF and C positions alone and they just won a triple overtime game with those three playing an average of 46 minutes each out of 63 total minutes which was the length of the game. That means they had 126 minutes to play at PF and C and they played 138 minutes altogether also Kanter played 12 minutes so thats 150 minutes. My point is that Millsap played 24 of his 44 minutes at SF scoring 34 points. They co exist why make a trade!