Derrick Favors Selected Third Overall by Nets in 2010 NBA Draft
The Nets added Georgia Tech power forward Derrick Favors Thursday with the No. 3 pick of the NBA Draft, expecting to play him alongside promising center Brook Lopez, along with at least one high-profile free agent star they hope to lure next month.
Favors is a big (6-10, 246-pound) athletic power forward who is expected to rebound and defend well in the NBA, providing a nice complement to Lopez and whichever high-scoring star they secure in July.
Favors spent one season at Georgia Tech, winning Atlantic Coast Conference Rookie of the Year honors. He averaged 12.4 points, 8.4 rebounds and 2.1 blocks. He is developed enough to provide an immediate impact for the Nets.
The Nets also considered small forward Wesley Johnson of Syracuse and Kentucky power forward DeMarcus Cousins.
Favors, though, was considered the surest choice, important to a new ownership group that is hoping to make a huge splash in free agency.
In college, Favors relied heavily on his quickness and athleticism, but he will need to become stronger and more physical in the NBA. He is a natural rebounder who is expected to get bigger and stronger with age. Favors will turn 19 next month.
There was some questions about his commitment to conditioning in college, but his explosiveness and wingspan should make him a great defender in the NBA.