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Derrick Favors - PF/C, 6'10, 268
Utah Jazz - Acquired via trade in February 2011
       Date of birth: 07/15/1991
       Country: USA
     Drafted (NBA): 3rd pick, 2010
     Out of: Georgia Tech
  NBA Experience: 6 years
  Hand: Right

From blog:


   2010 Summer League Rosters: New Jersey Nets
2010-07-02

Derrick Favors

The Big Sexual completely redefines a power forward rotation that last year was nothing short of putrid. How he and Left Eye Lopez co-exist is called into question; both have ok-to-decent jumpshots, yet are post players on both ends, and should play as such. It's a pleasant problem to have, though. Much more pleasant than trying to find a use for Yi Jianlian.

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   New Jersey......Toronto.......London.
2011-03-10

Because these games were both technically Nets home games - which seems strange, but is the price you pay for years of terrible attendance - the Nets brought all the entertainment. This meant the Nets dancers were here, this meant Nets announcer Gary Sussman was here, and this meant Marv Albert was here, bringing his new lighter hairpiece to a different continent. [Iron Eagle didn't make the trip.] The only people who weren't here were those recently traded for Deron Williams, namely Devin Harris and Derrick Favors. This probably suits both of them - Favors wouldn't have to spend a week having his name spelled with a U, and Harris wouldn't have to have a rematch versus Stuart Tanner.

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   Sham's 2010 NBA Draft Night Recap, Part 1
2010-06-27

Pick 3: New Jersey picks Derrick Favors from Georgia Tech with the third pick, in another predictable and correct pick. Nobody on the panel calls Favors "Sexual" any point, which is a shame. And David Stern doesn't do it either. But he does camply wave at someone from the podium before announcing the pick. David's getting more relaxed in his old age.

New Jersey just picked the best power forward after a season featuring the worst power forward rotation of all time. I can't prove that hyperbolic statement, of course, but it feels right. Kris Humphries was the team's best power forward last year, for God's sake. Favours provides athleticism, size, potential, rebounding, and prolific shot blocking. His jumpshot is weak, his post skills unrefined, his turnovers huge and his free throw stroke poor. But the same was all true of a young Shawn Kemp. Did I just go there? I did. And Favors is only 18 still, the youngest American player in the draft, so you can't tell me I'm wrong yet. (Yet.)

Favors was also undermined in college by a Georgia Tech team with talent, but with no balance, no point guard play, and some terrible coaching decisions. Playing alongside Gani Lawal, another post player with seniority on his side (and the perks that that brings anyone in the college game), Favors was often found to be trying to feed Lawal from the high post. This was patently ridiculous; Favors is not a perimeter player and should never be encouraged to be. But it happened. Let's hope no such grave misuse befalls his NBA career.

Quote from Jon Barry: "I love Favors." See, this is why we need to be calling him Sexual. "This draft just got more Sexual." "David Stern with the Sexual handshake." "Sexual with the facial." "Sexual penetrates to the rim." It writes itself, if you have the mind of a 13 year old.

Barry also is keen to prove to us that he knows what he's talking about when he says Favors should play some small forward; "I'm from Atlanta, I go to their games." Well, I'm from England, and I watch the telly. And I disagree with you entirely. Favors probably is athletic enough to defend all small forwards in the NBA, or at least, have the physical tools to do so. But why would you want this? Why would you want to take his biggest advantage and nullify it like that?

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