Buried beneath the Jazz's resilient fight for the playoffs, the rise of young power forward Derrick Favors, and continued excellence from veteran big men Paul Millsap and Al Jefferson is the No. 3 overall selection of the 2011 NBA Draft.

Not that Enes Kanter isn't working, and not that he isn't ahead of schedule.

Less than 10 months ago, Utah's focus was dead-center on its draft picks. First Kanter, then Alec Burks, who was chosen No. 12 overall.

With just four games left in the Jazz's 2011-12 regular season, both rookies have exceeded expectations and played key reserve roles for Utah as it has blended young promise with veteran poise to remain in the Western Conference picture.