Derrick Favors is a top 5 bigman defender in the league! He has really gained confidence in his defensive ability, and he has been controlling games on the defensive end the last two in particular.
At 21.3 mins./game, he has 2.3 blocks, .7 steals, and 7.7 rebounds. That works out to be 3.9, 1.2, and 12.6 /36. /48, he is top six on blocks (5.15), and on rebounds, top 7 (16.75). But he should actually be higher than this because some of the stats are skewed with lower-minute players. His speed and agility allow him to play superb P&R D. He needs to learn how to stay closer to stretch 4's, but other than that he is top-notch. He needs time, and his offense is getting better and better. He has shown a soft touch on quite a few of his misses lately.
Tremendous defender. Top 5. Very average offensive game, but showing signs. Superb garbage man on offense.
I really like to watch Favors play. Blocks have always been my favorite play in basketball and he brings that **** in spades.
Offensively, Favors is up to 14 pts/36 and 17.8/36 over the last 4 on 48% shooting.
Also, the 07/08 Jazz had the most efficient offense in the league with very little iso scoring in general, and virtually no iso scoring from the low block. Steve Nash led some pretty damn good offenses without any iso scorers as well. With the hand checking rules as they are, low post scoring isn't really all that effective relative to other options. The Jazz need a serviceable point guard- one who can run a half decent high screen-roll- in the worst way.
On second thought.... I just love Macbooks.
"If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around them will deprive the people of all property until their children wake up homeless on the continent their Fathers conquered." - Thomas Jefferson
So to sum it up here is how I would rank our defending bigs:
Individual post up defense: Big AL, Kanter, Favors, Millsap
Help defense: Favors, Millsap, tie for Kanter and big AL
Pick and roll defense: Favors, Kanter, Millsap, big AL
Zone defense: Favors, Millsap, big AL and Kanter tie.
So all in all yes, Favors looks like the best defending big on the Jazz.
"The Jazz treat defence like most 2-year-olds treat nap time, which is to say they would rather it not exist" - Toronto Sun after Jazz lost to Raptors 104-123.
Defensively I think he is one of the best, probably top 10.
If Ty gets fired, I believe we will look back at his playing Al's offense over Favors' defines as the defensing moment in the decision.