When Derrick Favors first joined the Jazz, his voice was whisper-soft and his future was as uncertain as Utah's.

The No. 3 overall pick during the 2010 draft was a secondary piece in the blockbuster Deron Williams trade, known more in the NBA for Carmelo Anthony trade rumors than the talent that once made him the top high-school prospect in the country.

Less than 15 months have passed since Favors put on a Utah uniform. But after a strong second season and at times dominant four-game run during the Jazz's first-round playoff loss to San Antonio, the most certain thing about Utah's unpredictable future is Favors' awesome potential.