THE FLATS – Derrick Favors is thrilled to be back in Utah, where he spent nine seasons … Former Yellow Jackets Thaddeus Young and Josh Okogie ready to begin new seasons with the Bulls and Timberwolves, respectively.
This week’s #ProJackets Report compiles more of the latest news, stories and social media posts on former Jackets and their activities of the past week.
EXCITEMENT FOR FAVORS’ RETURN TO UTAH IS MUTUAL
From the Salt Lake Tribune: “Quin Snyder coached Derrick Favors in Utah for five seasons — an eternity in the modern NBA, where about half the league changes teams in the offseason. So you can forgive him for not knowing how other coaches may have had different styles when he was traded to the New Orleans Pelicans last year. But after that experience, Favors is ready to make a declaration.” … Read more
From SLCDunk: “Skip forward to today, and the Jazz have essentially retained the same core team, with one exception, the addition of former Jazz-man and fan favorite, big man Derrick Favors. What effect will this addition have on the team?” Read more
From UtahJazz.com: Joe Ingles’ offseason was filled with welcomed additions. The Utah Jazz wing and his wife, Renae Ingles, welcomed their third child, Jack, into the world just a couple of weeks ago. But that’s not the only reason Ingles was smiling behind his mask as he spoke with reporters at the start of training camp Thursday. Ingles had also just welcomed his pick-and-roll partner Derrick Favors back to Utah. Read more
From LakersNation.com: “Favors’ return to the Jazz makes sense as Rudy Gobert alone can not account for Davis, Marc Gasol and Montrezl Harrell. Utah was unable to compete with Los Angeles last season due to the latter’s more athletic and physically imposing front court, but Favors will put up more resistance when the two teams face off.” Read more
PREDICTING THE WOLVES’ STARTING 5
At least one observer foresees a big role for Josh Okogie as NBA camps open. From Sportskeeda: “One position that could be up for grabs in the Minnesota Timberwolves starting 5 will be at the three. With their number one overall pick in the draft this year, the Timberwolves selected Anthony Edwards from Georgia. Although an extremely promising young talent, his new team are not in a position where they need a savior to come out of college and lift them up the table.” Read more
#ProJackets on Social Media
I’m excited and happy to be back too!!! 😁 https://t.co/qponzICuOX
— Derrick Favors (@dfavors14) December 4, 2020
Some love from D-Fav for the weekend 🤗
“You don’t find fans like that everywhere.” pic.twitter.com/PFf3BHrSyt
— utahjazz (@utahjazz) November 28, 2020
— The Zone Sports Network (@ZoneSportsNet) November 25, 2020
— 🐻BEAR🐻 (@BearDaBeast23) December 4, 2020
Year 3 pic.twitter.com/4Zao2FVSK2
— Josh Okogie (@CallMe_NonStop) December 4, 2020
I’ve come a long way from the 2007 draft; thank you LORD , family , friends, and fans for always motivating me to keep grinding each day and never losing the passion for the game …. you all are the factors that keep me focused and going!
Year 14 on the way! 🔥🙏🏽🏀 pic.twitter.com/xZO8AZ65Ye
— Thad Young (@yungsmoove21) December 4, 2020
— Drone Racing League (@DroneRaceLeague) December 1, 2020
#ProJackets in the NBA/G League 2020-21
Team: Utah Jazz
NBA Experience: 10 seasons
Years at Georgia Tech: 2009-10
Hometown: Atlanta, Ga.
|6-9, 265 lbs|
Standing: 1st / +2.5 GB
Last 10: 9-1
Team: G League Ignite
NBA Experience: 15 seasons
Years at Georgia Tech: 2002-05
Hometown: Fort Washington, Md.
Status: Active/G League
|6-3, 197 lbs|
Standing: 8th / 4.0 GB
Last 10: 4-6
Team: Minnesota Timberwolves
NBA Experience: 2 seasons
Years at Georgia Tech: 2016-18
Hometown: Snellville, Ga.
|6-4, 213 lbs|
Standing: 15th / 25.5 GB
Last 10: 3-7
Team: Brooklyn Nets
NBA Experience: 9 seasons
Years at Georgia Tech: 2008-11
Hometown: Oak Park, Ill.
|6-5, 212 lbs|
Standing: T1st / +2.5 GB
Last 10: 7-3
Team: Chicago Bulls
NBA Experience: 13 seasons
Years at Georgia Tech: 2006-07
Hometown: Memphis, Tenn.
|6-8, 235 lbs|
Standing: 10th / 13 GB
Last 10: 3-7