The rhythm and touch are not consistently fluid. His best offensive moves suddenly appear, draw raves, then just as quickly evaporate.

But make no mistake: Jazz forward Derrick Favors is feeling more confident than ever with the ball in his hands, and the 20-year-old's on-the-court evolution is on schedule.

"It's just me being comfortable out there and sort of picking my spots. When and where to score, and just knowing when I'm going to get my shots in the offense," Favors said.

The No. 3 overall pick of the 2010 NBA Draft entered the game Saturday against the Los Angeles Lakers averaging 7.8 points and 5.9 rebounds, while shooting 47.6 percent from the field during his second season. Favors' scoring and boards are up compared with his rookie year. But it's an arsenal of still-developing offensive moves — pump-and-go drives, spin-and-roll attacks and mid-range jumpshots — that has Utah excited.

"It's coming. It's getting better," Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin said. "It's getting better to where we can go to him some and not just secondary stuff. We can call a play to get it to him in his spot, and he can make something good happen."