The Utah Jazz has to start over. It began when they lost their coach and then their superstar Deron Williams.
They got good pieces in return, but none of them would be franchise cornerstones. They had a good mix of veterans and youth at the frontline, but the team was no more than a fringe playoff team in the cutthroat West.
Derrick Favors will prove to be their top asset.
What should they do with him?
Extend or wait and see: Derrick Favors.
Ham: Extend. It makes absolutely no sense that Favors played only 23 minutes per game last season for coach Tyrone Corbin. And now, entering his fourth year in the league, the Utah Jazz are finally going to hand the keys over to the former No. 3 overall selection without truly knowing how good he can be. Like Monroe, teams will line up to throw money at Favors next summer. With Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap leaving via free agency, the Jazz have very little choice but to pay up.
Katz: Extend. With Jefferson no longer draining possessions with his slowly developing low-post moves, the Jazz finally have a legitimate opportunity to feature Favors in the offense. Add in the fact that Favors has shown promise defensively and on the boards and this seems like a good time to capitalize on the 22-year-old’s value.
Sunnergren: Extend. Favors is a solid, competent professional basketball player. When his minutes — and, proportionally, counting stats — increase this season, he may begin to view himself as something more. It’s probably best to extend him before he gets this idea in his head, especially if he turns out to be right.
Tynan: Wait and see. Despite physical specimen status, Favors has left something to be desired. He averaged a career high 23.2 minutes per game last season, but his inconsistent numbers belied his defensive flashes and rebounding potential. He’s still a project offensively, so it’d be wise to give him starter’s minutes first to see what he’s got. Utah has time, after all.
Wallace: Extend. Let’s be honest here: You’re the Utah Jazz. You’re located in pristine and picturesque Salt Lake City. But name the last marquee, franchise-altering free agent to go there and set up shop? Favors could be an All-Star, now that he stands to be in a featured role. Locking him up now is a bit of risk, but it’s much less of a gamble than pushing him one step closer to free agency.