Welcome Back: Utah Jazz Center Derrick Favors Scores First Points In Return

Dec 12, 2020, 7:56 PM | Updated: 7:57 pm
Derrick Favors - Utah Jazz - Phoenix Suns...
Utah Jazz forward Derrick Favors (15) shoots during an NBA basketball game against the Phoenix Suns at the Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City on Monday, March 25, 2019. The Jazz won 125-92. (Courtesy of Deseret News)
(Courtesy of Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Jazz center Derrick Favors scored the first points of his second stint with the team during the first quarter of Utah’s preseason game against the Phoenix Suns.

The Jazz hosted the Suns at Vivint Arena on Saturday, December 12.

With 2:04 left in the opening quarter, Jazz fans saw a familiar sight as Joe Ingles found a rolling Favors in the lane.

The Jazz big man banked the ball off of the glass and into the bucket for the first points of his return.

After spending last season with the New Orleans Pelicans, Favors was a free agent this offseason and chose to return to the Jazz.

Favors first entered the game near the end of the first quarter.

At the end of the quarter, Favors had two points on 1-1 shooting.

The Jazz owned a 33-26 lead at the end of the first 12 minutes of action.

Utah shot 44 percent from the field and 43.6 percent from downtown in the quarter.

Donovan Mitchell and Jordan Clarkson led the Jazz with nine points apiece.

By comparison, Phoenix shot 36.7 percent overall, including 20.0 percent from deep.

The Suns were led by Devin Booker’s 12 points.

Utah’s game against Phoenix is broadcast on AT&T SportsNet, NBA TV, and 97.5 FM.

About Derrick Favors

After playing the half of his rookie season with the New Jersey Nets, Favors came to the Jazz during a trade in the 2010-11 season.

The big man went on to play the following eight-plus seasons with Utah.

After the 2018-19 season, the Jazz traded Favors to the New Orleans Pelicans.

During nine seasons with Utah, Favors averaged 12.1 points, 7.4 rebounds, 1.2 assists, and 1.3 blocks per game. He played in 576 games as a member of the Jazz, including 413 starts.

The center owns career averages of 11.4 points, 7.4 rebounds, 1.1 assists, and 1.3 blocks per contest.

  • Utah Jazz Scoreboard

  • Utah Jazz Team Leaders

  • Utah Jazz Standings

Utah Jazz

Utah Jazz coach Quin Snyder coaching against the Los Angeles Lakers (Photo by Harry How/Getty Image...
Ben Anderson

Quin Snyder ‘Consulting’ Lakers New Coaching Staff

Quin Snyder has been consulting new Los Angeles Lakers head coach Darvin Ham after stepping away from the Utah Jazz in June.
14 hours ago
Ben Anderson

Jazz Release 2022-23 Broadcast Schedule

The Utah Jazz released their broadcast schedule ahead of the 2022-23 NBA season including radio broadcasts on the KSL Sports Zone.
3 days ago
Nickeil Alexander-Walker - Utah Jazz - Chicago Bulls...
Ben Anderson

Nickeil Alexander-Walker Standing Out Early At Jazz Camp

Fourth-year guard Nickeil Alexander-Walker has been an early standout at training according to Utah Jazz veteran Mike Conley. 
3 days ago
Utah Jazz home floor at Vivint Smart Home Arena (Photo: Ben Anderson/KSL Sports)...
Ben Anderson

Jazz Will Unveil New Court At Public Scrimmage On October 8

The Utah Jazz will host a public scrimmage on October 8 to give fans a chance to see the new team in action on the redesigned court.
3 days ago
Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell defends Memphis Grizzlies guard Dillon Brooks (Photo by Justin For...
Ben Anderson

Donovan Mitchell Plans To ‘Lock In’ On Defense With Cavs

Donovan Mitchell says he's planning to "lock in" on defense as a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers thanks to improved offensive help.
3 days ago
Ben Anderson

Coach Hardy Likes Jazz Offensive Versatility, Praises Three Rookies

Utah Jazz head coach Will Hardy said he likes the offensive versatility of his team and applauded the debut of three rookies on the roster.
4 days ago
Welcome Back: Utah Jazz Center Derrick Favors Scores First Points In Return