Draft 2010 | Derrick Favors


Name: Derrick Favors
Age: 18
College: Georgia Tech
Position: Power Forward
Height: 6-10
Weight: 246
Class: Freshman
Year Minutes Points Rebounds Assists Blocks Steals FG% FT% 3PT%
2009-10 27.5 12.4 8.4 1.0 2.1 .9 .611 .629 .000
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Meet Derrick Favors


A highly touted high school prospect, Derrick Favors received a ton of attention for his incredible athletic skill and potential. Favors is still considered one of the top prospects in the 2010 Draft due in large part to his upside at the next level. This Atlanta native will fit nicely with a team that implores a fast break style of offense as he quickly streaks down the floor for transition opportunities. Favors' owns a pair of great hands, translating to great touch around the tin and high percentage buckets against college opponents. Highlights from his first year display a solid right hook with a huge wingspan. The mobility and lateral quickness makes Favors a difficult assignment for most defenders in the paint. NBA squads will love his tenacity on the boards, including an aggressive approach to shot blocking.

By Jonah Ballow


It's hard to ignore the immense athleticism from Favors and focus on some of the specific flaws that will have to be corrected next season. Surprisingly, most experts believed Favors would have posted more dominant numbers considering the down year for the ACC Conference. In a half court offense, Favors might struggle to score without a refined post game. He relies on raw talent, which could lead to a significant amount of time to develop and eventually live up to the high expectations. Similar to most college post players, Favors will need to expand his range out to at least 16 feet.

By Jonah Ballow

How would he howl?

At this point, there is a logjam at the power forward position in Minneapolis. Favors' offers a different dimension than Kevin Love and Al Jefferson but the Wolves are in need of a defensive minded shot blocker as a complimentary piece not a replacement. One of the most debated topics around the draft will surround the big men. Favors will compete against DeMarcus Cousins and Greg Monroe for top billing at all the pre-draft workouts, which could determine where each post player lands on June 24. The former Georgia Tech forward does not directly fit a need for this Minnesota squad in its current state.

By Jonah Ballow

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Draft Profiles

Chad Ford's Top 100
"Favors came into the season ranked as the second best prospect in the country. He still may be. However, his production didn't match his potential until late in the season. Some of that fault has to do with his point guards who rarely got him the ball. Some was a lack of aggressiveness on his part. Regardless, he still stands out as a terrific prospect. He's an Amare Stoudemire/Antonio McDyess type of power forward who, once he develops a more polished offensive game, should be a star. Look for him to go somewhere between 2 and 5."

Draft Express
"Favors’ profile as an NBA prospect is pretty cut and dry, and have been analyzed in a fair amount of depth in the many times we evaluated him over the course of his high school career. He’s incredibly gifted from a physical standpoint, showing a combination of length and athleticism that is simply unparalleled at the college level. He runs the floor like a deer, is outrageously explosive around the rim, and is a fantastic target for entry-passes thanks to his terrific hands and the amazing extension he gets around the basket. "

"Explosive athlete with unique combination of power and quickness ... Possesses an extraordinary wingspan, with Georgia Tech official website claiming a 9-1 standing reach ... Tremendous leaping ability ... Frequent target of the alley-oop pass and seemingly nothing is out of reach. Soft hands allow him to corral passes most bigs would muff ..."

Mock Draft Recap

Ford's Mock Draft
No. 3 to New Jersey

Draft Express
No. 4 to Minnesota

No. 3 to New Jersey

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