Former Jazz F/C Derrick Favors To Start For Thunder In Season Opener
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The Oklahoma City Thunder plan to start former Jazzman Derrick Favors during their season opener against the Utah Jazz.
The Jazz open the 2021-22 NBA season by hosting the Oklahoma City Thunder at Vivint Arena on Wednesday, October 20.
Thunder head coach Mark Daigneault inserted Favors into his starting lineup for the game against the center’s former team.
“He’s coming home. This is a special place for him and I wanted to acknowledge that,” Daigneault told the media before tip-off.
Jazz head coach Quin Snyder also discussed Favors during pregame and called the Thunder big man a lifelong friend.
“You hope that you have the chance to get to know someone at a personal level like I’ve had the chance to know Fav,” Snyder said.
Before the game, the crowd at Vivint Arena gave the former Jazzman a warm welcome back to Utah.
— Ben Anderson (@BensHoops) October 21, 2021
The season opener will be Favors’ second year playing the Jazz as a member on another team in the past three seasons.
— OKC THUNDER (@okcthunder) October 19, 2021
Derrick Favors in the NBA
After playing the first half of his rookie season with the New Jersey Nets, Favors came to the Jazz in a trade during the 2010-11 season.
The big man would go on to play the following eight-plus seasons with Utah.
Derrick Favors put an exclamation point on the Jazz win in Minnesota with this dunk in the 4th quarter. pic.twitter.com/Nc5KWkfF4M
— Jeremiah Jensen (@JJSportsBeat) March 27, 2016
After the 2018-19 season, the Jazz traded Favors to the New Orleans Pelicans.
The center owns career averages of 10.8 points, 7.2 boards, 1.1 assists, and 1.2 blocks.
Thunder vs. Jazz
The Thunder vs. Jazz game tips off at 7 p.m. (MDT). It will be televised on AT&T Sports Net and NBA League Pass. Streaming is available on DirecTV Stream and Fubo. Fans can listen to the game on The Zone Sports Network (97.5 FM & 1280 AM) and KSL NewsRadio (102.7 FM and 1160 AM).
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