PORTLAND, Ore. — As always, the mild-mannered Derrick Favors was calm, cool and collected following the Utah Jazz’s 27-point loss in Portland on Wednesday.
With five rebounds and 12 points on the night, the longest-tenured Jazzman passed John Stockton for No. 3 on the franchise’s all-time list in total rebounds (4,055).
Even in defeat, that feat was something for the Atlanta native to be proud of.
“It feels great, especially with as much sacrifice I’ve been giving. It just feels great to have an accomplishment that I can be proud of,” said Favors, who averages 11.0 points and 7.2 rebounds. “Throughout the years, I’ve just been staying true to myself, working hard every day, learning, never complaining about nothing and just to continue to move up a certain ladder.
“I know it’s not much, but it’s a big thing for me, so it’s something I’m proud of.”
Favors has been with the franchise since Feb. 23, 2011, after being traded by the New Jersey Nets during his rookie season.
This offseason, he also signed a two-year, $37.6 million deal with the Jazz, but prior to that had never paid much attention to personal accolades. He also ranks among the top-10 of most games played as a Jazzman (551), total blocked shots (728), blocks per game (1.3) and field goal percentage (52.2) throughout his nine seasons.
“I really didn’t start paying attention to it until this year,” Favors said. “When I saw the numbers and stuff, I was like ‘Oh, I have a chance to kind of put my name in Jazz history,’ so I did the calculations and kind of just dedicated myself to doing that because I knew I wasn’t going to get as many opportunities doing anything else, so I wanted to at least get some rebounds so I could have something selfish for myself, you know what I’m saying.”3 comments on this story
With the trade deadline approaching on Feb. 7, Favors’ name is routinely being tossed around in rumored conversations. However, he’s grown immune to the constant speculation, which he expressed earlier in the season, until something happens. For now, he enjoys being a Jazzman and leaving his mark.
“It means a lot. We’ve been through a lot with ups and downs with down seasons, good seasons, disagreements here and there, but we stuck by each other,” Favors said of his Jazz tenure. “This is a great franchise. I enjoy being here and hopefully we can continue to have a great relationship and accomplish something great together.”