Derrick Favors' play was the silver lining of Utah's playoff series with the Spurs. Despite losing the series 4-0, Favors was impossible to keep off the court.
He often looked like the best player on the Jazz and showed a few flashes of his true potential (like this, this and this).
Favors has been considered a project for a while, but this should be the season where he finally dumps that status.
The problem with Favors over the past few seasons is that he's been too raw to keep on the court. The Jazz have a glut of talented big men, including Paul Millsap, Al Jefferson and Enes Kanter, and it was often difficult to play Favors over them.
After the Spurs series, this is clearly no longer the case. Favors is going to get the minutes this year, which should mean even more rapid improvement from the young forward.
That's what impresses the most about Favors—how quickly he's progressing. If you watched film of him when he started the season and then film of the Spurs series, you wouldn't even think you were looking at the same player.
The Favors from the beginning of season barely belonged on the court. The Favors from the Spurs series was often the best player on it.
Though he's still unpolished, particularly offensively, it will all come to him with more playing time. He'll get plenty of that this year, which should lead to a breakout season.