Derrick Favors answered with startling confidence and candor a question the other day about whether he could have a breakout season for the Jazz this year. Decide for yourselves whether his response exudes common cockiness or uncommon compliance:

"If coach wants me to be a star, that's what I'll be."

Asked if he could score 20 points and haul 10 rebounds every night, he said: "Of course, if they give me the minutes. It's up to them."

It's up to … them?

Now there's a switch. So far, everything about the 20-year-old's basketball life has been up to … him. Since entering high school, he's had both a basketball and the world in his hands, at his feet.

Still does, more than ever.