Against the Nets, Derrick Favors recorded 13 points, 2 assists and 3 blocks in a close 92-90 Jazz road victory.
To me, the most impressive play wasn’t Favors’ 180-degree reverse dunk – it was the the second assist he recorded (0:22-second mark). The most underrated aspect of Favors’ game is his passing, and I honestly believe he was Utah’s best low-post passer last season. Here against Brooklyn he showed he can also pass out of the high-post.
In Utah’s standard Horns set, Gerald Wallace reads Mo Williams’ eyes the whole time and gambles by going for what he thinks will be a blindside steal. However, Favors sees him coming (most bigs would’ve kept their backs to Wallace in that situation) and picked up Marvin Williams on the auto-cut to the basket. Another impressive aspect of this play is Favors hands and fundamentals. He made a clean catch and immediately kept the ball high – had he brought it down to his waist Wallace has a steal and fastbreak the other way.
Those are the little things that make the difference between an easy layup or a turnover and fastbreak dunk for the opponent – which is a 4-point swing and the type of thing that can lose you games on the road.