Quin Snyder has had the difficult task of dividing 96 minutes a night between 4 good big man, Derrick Favors, Enes Katner, Rudy Gobert and Trevor Booker. Each player has there strengths and weaknesses and in turn compliment each other differently.
What is striking is how this has changed through the season as the defensive system has evolved for the Utah Jazz.
The following chart is the Jazz big man pair for the first half of the season
The much talked about Gorbert and Favors combo was rarely used in the first half of the season. In the first half of the season each line-up with Enes Kanter was a disaster.
Since Dec 19th the halfway point of the 52 games so far things have been very different
The Favors/Gobert combo has become a much more prominent line-up. Most interestingly the Kanter and Favors line-up has gone from -5.2 per 100 possessions to a -.3 over 100 possessions. A great improvement. In addition, the Favors/Booker that was prominent in the first half of the season and unsuccessful has been reduced to particular circumstances and been much more successful .
All three line-ups with Enes Kanter on the floor area above better than league average defensively. League average is 103.7 and Kanter/Favors is 101.7 since Dec 18th. 101.7 would rank 11th in NBA for a team. Kanter/Gobert is 100.4 would rank 9th.
What is most exciting about the above graph is that over the last half of the season every Jazz big man pair, other than Booker and Gobert, is a really strong defensive unit. They have not figured out how to score yet, but they are all defending very well.