Near the start of his first full season with the Jazz, after Derrick Favors had been traded to Utah from the Nets, he uttered the following words: "If coach wants me to be a star, that’s what I’ll be."

That’s what coach wants him to be.

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

It’s no longer up to them. It’s up to him.

His declaration came three years ago, a different time when a different coach was at the helm and when different players stood in Favors’ way, stealing his playing time. On Saturday night, Quin Snyder was in charge and no one stood in the big man’s way. Not Snyder, not the Phoenix Suns. Nobody.

Favors scored 23 points and hauled in six rebounds - in the first half. He ended up with 32 points, a career high, and nine boards overall, and Snyder was rewarded with his first victory as an NBA head coach, a 118-91 win over Phoenix.

The 23-year-old Favors was happy about the result - and about his progress as a player. In this season’s small sample, he’s shown more aggression and skill at the offensive end - and more efficiency. Saturday night, he made 12 of 22 shots and 8 of 9 free throws - and he played some defense, too, with two blocked shots.