Selected No. 2 by the New Jersey Nets
College: Georgia Tech
NBA Position: Power Forward
Hometown: Atlanta, GA
High School: South Atlanta
NBA Comparison: Amar’e Stoudemire
Strengths: Favors is ideal for today’s NBA power forward; he displays explosiveness, power and quickness all rolled into one fantastic athlete. Favors has amazing leaping ability that will most likely land him a spot in a future NBA dunk contest. He runs the floor well for his size and is constantly snatching lob passes out of the air and hammering them home. Favors catches passes easily with his soft hands and will be a point guard’s best friend. The power forward has shown he can finish around the rim with both hands, while displaying good touch on jumpers up to 12 feet. His wingspan (9’1″ standing reach) allows him to be a terror on the glass and blocking or altering shots.
Weaknesses: Favors can improve two aspects of his game to become an even more dynamic power forward; post play and ball-handling. He lacks the patience to become a great post player and relies on his athletic ability too often to bail him out. Derrick could be very difficult to defend if he was comfortable driving from his face-up game; adding range to his jumper would be beneficial as well. He doesn’t always get up the floor as quick as he could, especially late in games, and at times lacks the consistent fire to rebound the basketball.
Brandon Curry – 2/9/2010