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Monson: Ten things you need to know about Derrick Favors

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Now, Favors is at the center of the team’s long-range plans, despite Corbin’s somewhat stingy delegation of minutes for most of the season.

Devin Harris, who also came to the Jazz in that Williams deal, says Favors is barely tapping into the vast depths of his talent, but is doing so more proficiently here than in Jersey:

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"It was kind of a whirlwind for him last year. Once he got here, he felt more comfortable. You can see how good he can be. He still doesn’t really know how to play the game. He’s just going off natural talent. Once he starts thinking the game, really understanding it, there will be no stopping him."

10. Favors believes in his own potential, and he’s not alone.

Corbin, agreeing with Harris, says: "We should be able to go to him in the low post and know what we’re going to get from him. He’s a young guy. I know the new-generation guys don’t like to wait for anything, but we’ve got a great situation here where he can watch and learn. [But] he’ll exceed whatever potential anybody has for him. He’s going to work his way through it. He’s a tremendous talent, and he’s going to continue to get better."

Favors says he gets it: "I’m a hard worker. I wake up early in the morning to work out. Hopefully, I’ll be an All-Star, I’ll be one of the top players in the league. That’s what I want to get to. For me, it’s realistic."

GORDON MONSON hosts the "Gordon Monson Show" weekdays from 2-6 p.m. on 97.5 FM/1280 AM The Zone. Twitter: @GordonMonson.

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