10-24-2013, 11:42 AM
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General manager Dennis Lindsey said Favors represents the future of post defenders.
"The way the NBA is going, the bigs have to be mobile enough to cover in pick and roll, but they have to be big enough to deny a spot and hopefully have enough length and lift to block a shot," Lindsey said. "Does that describe who we have? I think it does."
And where Favors’ offensive game struggles, Kanter seems willing to pick up the slack.
Kanter, by far the better offensive player at this juncture, is second on the team in scoring this preseason, averaging 12.6 points a night.
On one possession Sunday night in Oklahoma City, the 6-11 Turk faced the basket, dribbled into the post, pivoted and spun for a basket. On the next possession, he hit a running hook shot in the lane.
Corbin, meanwhile, says Kanter’s game should improve as he continues to work his way back from a shoulder surgery that cut his season short last year.
"He missed a good six months last year and this summer of being on the floor and being able to move around with guys," the coach said. "He’s working his way back to basketball shape."
There have been questions about which position each is best suited for, but Corbin sees Favors and Kanter interchangeable depending on the matchup.
"Right now, we’re moving both around and playing different opponents in different positions," he said. "Offensively, they’ll play both high and they’ll both play low, some."
Favors and Kanter played 706 minutes together on the floor last year. In that time, they showed signs of the defensive improvement Corbin and the Jazz hope to see this year. Favors and Kanter allowed 98.3 points per 100 possessions. Utah’s primary frontcourt of Millsap and Jefferson allowed 107.6.
With each game, Kanter said he and Favors are developing better chemistry.
"I’ve been playing with Derrick, this is going to be my third year," Kanter said. "I just feel real comfortable with him. I know he’s got my back and he knows I got his back."
But after Sunday’s 88-82 loss to the Thunder, Favors acknowledged there’s a ways yet to go.
"We’re still working," he said. "Still have a lot of stuff we have to work on."
Here’s how different Jazz frontcourts stacked up last season. The offensive rating shows points scored per 100 possessions. Defensive rating shows points allowed per 100 possessions.
Pairing Offensive rating Defensive rating Minutes played together
Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap 105.1 107.6 1,858
Al Jefferson and Derrick Favors 102.7 108.5 725
Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter 99.4 98.3 706
Paul Millsap and Enes Kanter 107.4 93.6 445
Derrick Favors and Paul Millsap 107.3 102.7 169
Looks like Millsap/Kanter would have been the way to go. Millsap in the top 3 offensive pairings. Jefferson's high offensive pair was 3rd along with the two worst defensive pairs. Pretty much says it all right there. They built the team around that guy!