Derrick Favors scored 10 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and blocked 2 shots in 27 minutes of play as the Utah Jazz defeated the Memphis Grizzlies 90-84.
While the the play which generated the most buzz afterward was Marc Gasol fouling Favors with his shoe – the most impressive play of the game (and arguably of Favors’ 2012-13 season) was a 1-on-1 spin-move against the NBA’s Defensive Player of the Year in which Favors started from behind the 3pt-line and ended directly at the rim (1:28-mark).
This play exemplifies the fun things that can happen when “athletic 6-10 bigman” meets “offensive polish and fundamentals.”
#2. Driving left, Favors recognizes his initial driving lane is clogged and picks up his dribble.
#4. This is where it’s clear Favors has been working on his footwork. He isn’t making the spin simply because he couldn’t go the other direction. Like great players – he makes the spin to get to where he wants to go on the court. He executes a fundamentally flawless drop-step with his left foot (moving from his initial spin at point-A to point-B) – gaining the positional advantage on Gasol when his drop-step (left) foot lands outside of Gasol’s shoulder-width.
#5. Once Favors’ left foot lands outside of Gasol’s position – it serves as a spring board for Favors to gather himself with a big one-two and extend toward the basket. Being 6-10 with a 7-4 wingspan – Favors is able to use a fundamentally sound spin-move as means to navigate 15-feet against a 7-1 center who was named the league’s defensive player of the year.
These tantalizing plays that are the reasons Jazz fans carry such high hopes for Derrick Favors. Obviously there’s a big difference between doing it once and doing it consistently – but it’s clear Favors didn’t just “luck into” this basket. He has the athletic ability, he’s shown development in his fundamentals – now what he needs is a meaningful opportunity to supplement his self-improvement in order to fully realize the potential that made him the #3 pick in the 2010 NBA Draft..