Derrick Favors: NBA Draft Profile and Scouting Report
Derrick Favors, Georgia Tech -- 2010 NBA Draft Profile
Position: Forward/Center | Height: 6-foot-10 | Weight 246 lbs
Class: Freshman | Age: 19 | Hometown: Atlanta, GA
2009 Stats: 12.4 points | 8.4 rebounds | 1.0 assists | 2.1 blocks | Game Log
NBA Mock Draft Ranking: 2
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Derrick Favors Scouting Report
Strengths: There are so many things to love about Derrick Favors on paper. An exhilarating athlete with perhaps the most physically raw ability in the draft, Favors may have the highest ceiling of anyone, including fellow freshman John Wall. A versatile and rangy kid who can defend three or even four positions, he has the capacity to become a shutdown defender, a weapon every championship contender needs.
Offensively, Favors can get it done in a variety of ways. While he is a long 6-10, he has remarkable dexterity and is adept working from the perimeter. He can face up and beat you from the perimeter or the block; it doesn't matter. His propensity to create mismatches all around the court makes him the most multi-dimensional threat in this draft. He has great hands and quick leaping ability. Favors is the most pure catch-it-and-go guy in the draft.
Weaknesses: All of the above is what makes Favors such a frustrating prospect. Despite his ability, he often disappeared in games this year, looking lost and perplexed about how to get himself involved and in the flow, as evident by his 12.4 points. His lack of discipline resulted in 2.5 turnovers per game, second on the team to point guard Iman Shumpert. His jump shot and offensive game in general needs severe refinement, as most of his points come from the inside off drives, interior moves, and raw ability.
Forecast: When it comes to Favors, his capacity to become an elite level player is just too tempting to pass up in the top five. Still a teenager, he already has a legitimate NBA body, and while he lacks assertiveness, his high conversion rate at the rim (61 percent) along with his stellar rebounding skills (8.4 per game) is second to none. He could very well turn out to be the best player from this draft -- or he could be Tyrus Thomas. I tend to think the former, as this is one of the most talented kids to enter the league in recent years. While his production is in question, his sheer size, athleticism and NBA body are not. Favors runs the floor with the best of them, showing the rare blend of power and skill to convert on the break. His proclivity to disappear is a worry, as top 3 picks are drafted with the hopes of stardom, but given his strong work ethic and willingness to improve, Favors appears worth the risk.
Derrick Favors Articles:
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1/8: Dazzling Frosh Favors Playing Sweet 'Toon at Georgia Tech
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