As training camp approaches, occasionally a sneak preview of what the players have and will be working on is provided by the insiders. A recent Instagram post by the radio voice of the Utah Jazz, David Locke, gave such a look into what big man Derrick Favors hopes to add to the success of his team this season:
The Utah Jazz coaching staff wants their big men to be able to shoot threes and space the floor. This has been evident during the entirety of Coach Snyder’s regime.
Although he was transferred mid-semester, so to speak, the first student of the Quin Snyder School of Stretch 4s, Enes Kanter, enjoyed a large surge in three-point shooting during his short time in class.
Prior to Snyder’s tutelage, Kanter went 1-for-3 from beyond the arc in three seasons. In 49 games under Snyder, Kanter popped in 13 of 41 trifectas. Granted, 31.7 percent isn’t earth-shattering, but it is a notable figure for a player who had only taken less than a handful of three-pointers in his career beforehand.
Since being traded to Oklahoma City halfway through the 2014-15 season, Kanter has gone 13-for-25 from downtown.
Also enrolled in classes for the finer points of shooting from deep during Snyder’s first season was Trevor Booker. In his first four seasons with the Washington Wizards, the three-pointer was not a part of his game. He went 1-for-10 before landing with Utah. His first season with the Jazz was a different story as he went 29-for-84. Last season, however, his production suffered, going from 34.5 percent to 29.3 percent with 12 makes on 41 attempts.
So far, the most exemplary student in the program has been Trey Lyles. In his one season at Kentucky, his three-point shooting numbers were very much like the Wizards’ version of Trevor. Even though he shot a paltry 13.8 percent from three-point-land in college, his professional numbers ballooned to 38.3 percent. His newfound proficiency as a long-range threat has a lot of people, including some national media, excited about the 20-year old’s potential.
So after six seasons in the National Basketball Association with only one three-pointer made in just 16 tries (that’s just 6.25 percent, by the way) it looks like Derrick Favors will matriculate in the academy and add the long ball to his game. If the success of his classmates and teammates is any indication, he just may find a passing grade.