For the Utah Jazz, the legend of Derrick Favors will always be linked to point guard Deron Williams. The trade that sent the former Jazz-man to the Brooklyn Nets and netted Favors in return was a huge success for Utah. But it also sent away the last player to make an All-Star appearance in a Jazz uniform.
“It's a personal goal for me to be an All-Star. And I think right now, I've been put in a position to hopefully make it with a good team, a good coach, an organization and a front office that's pushing for it,” Favors said. “So I think I have a good chance to make it. But it all depends on me – how I play this year, how bad do I want it.”
It's commendable that Favors believes he's in control of his All-Star destiny. And surely, if he plays at a level that gives voters no choice, he might be right. But there's one big problem in Favors' way — he wasn't the only elite big man left off the West's squad last year. Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins eventually made the team as an injury replacement, but both fan voting and the reserves process left him on the outside looking in before the commissioner fixed things.
And it took an injury to Kobe Bryant (who can rely on strong support among the fan voters) for Cousins to make the team. That could very well be two All-Star spots occupied by players who could deprive Favors of an invitation to the festivities.
So maybe it really is on Favors. Without an otherworldly showing, he might not have a high enough profile to make the selectors take notice.