It is easy to understand all at once both the hope and the concern.

There was Derrick Favors the 6-foot-10 forward pulling down 17 rebounds earlier this month against the Portland Trail Blazers blocking shots and finishing at the rim. There was Enes Kanter barrel chested and barely 21 years old backing down defenders and hitting jump shots en route to 23 points.

But if the duo starts for the Utah Jazz opening night as is expected it will be just the second time in the regular season the two big men have been in the same starting five.

The Jazz have invested — some may say gambled — much on the young frontcourt letting proven veterans Paul Millsap and Al Jefferson walk to give Favors and Kanter a chance.

Jazz small forward Richard Jefferson cautions: It will take some time.

"They’re going to need more time playing together" he said Monday in Los Angeles. "You look at [the Clippers’] DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin; these guys have played together for four years now. Those are things where you learn and you grown from each other. [The pairing of Favors and Kanter] is something that’s great for the future and right now you have to kind of work with them and help them improve."

There are certainly reasons for optimism.

Through five preseason games Favors leads the league in rebounding with 10.6 boards a game. Jazz coach Ty Corbin believes the 22-year-old from Georgia Tech has "an opportunity to be one of the best big men defenders in the league this year."

The Jazz risked plenty for Favors the centerpiece of the package Utah got in return for All-Star point guard Deron Williams and the Jazz front office doubled down on Favors last week announcing a multi-year contract extension worth a reported $49 million.

General manager Dennis Lindsey said Favors represents the future of post defenders.

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"The way the NBA is going the bigs have to be mobile enough to cover in pick and roll but they have to be big enough to deny a spot and hopefully have enough length and lift to block a shot" Lindsey said. "Does that describe who we have? I think it does."

And where Favors’ offensive game struggles Kanter seems willing to pick up the slack.

Kanter by far the better offensive player at this juncture is second on the team in scoring this preseason averaging 12.6 points a night.

On one possession Sunday night in Oklahoma City the 6-11 Turk faced the basket dribbled into the post pivoted and spun for a basket. On the next possession he hit a running hook shot in the lane.

Corbin meanwhile says Kanter’s game should improve as he continues to work his way back from a shoulder surgery that cut his season short last year.