Favors also excelled during the offseason and camp. However, his promotion made a much larger immediate impact, moving 2010-11 starting power forward Paul Millsap to the bench.
Corbin has often said he plans to use different lineups during a lockout-shortened 66-game season. But he made it clear Tuesday the 20-year-old Favors has earned a spot in the Jazz's starting lineup. The combination of his muscular 6-foot-10 frame with undersized center Al Jefferson should provide Utah with increased length in the paint.
"Taking nothing away from the other guys, [Favors] gives us a chance to be versatile he's a little bigger. … And with the change, it gives us a chance to be stronger coming off the bench," Corbin said.
Millsap's willing to do whatever a rebuilding team asks of him. But he acknowledged it's impossible not to be affected by the decision.
"It's not a demotion. I believe [Corbin] in that sense," Millsap said. "But it's still a tough thing to try to swallow. But being the team player that I am, I have to go out there and do the best I can to fulfill that role off coming off the bench."
Corbin's comfortable adding to reserve small forward Josh Howard's workload.
The nine-year veteran played just 25 minutes during two preseason games and is still learning Utah's plays.
As a result, Corbin streamlined what Howard is supposed to know on the court. The condensed information should help keep him off the bench.
"We'll see where his conditioning is," Corbin said. "He came into camp late and he's getting into basketball shape we don't want to run the risk of getting him hurt."
Millsap (right quadriceps tendinitis) was a game-time decision. He received a green light less than an hour before tipoff. … Corbin said during shootaround he hadn't named a team captain. … The Jazz have 13 players on their roster. Utah is allowed to add two more, but an addition wasn't imminent as of Tuesday morning.