|2010 NBA Draft||NBA||Drafted 3rd overall by New Jersey.|
|15th July, 2010||NBA||Signed four year, $11,051,183 rookie scale contract with New Jersey. Included team options for 2012/13 and 2013/14.|
|23rd February, 2011||NBA||Traded by New Jersey, along with Devin Harris, a 2011 first round pick (#3, Enes Kanter), a protected future first round pick (2013, #21, Gorgui Dieng) and cash to Utah in exchange for Deron Williams.|
|29th June, 2011||NBA||Utah exercised 2012/13 team option.|
|26th October, 2012||NBA||Utah exercised 2013/14 team option.|
|23rd October, 2013||NBA||Signed a four year, $48 million extension with Utah.|
|6th July, 2018||NBA||Re-signed by Utah to a partially guaranteed two year, $33.8 million contract.|
|2009 - 2010||Georgia Tech (NCAA)|
|June 2010 - February 2011||New Jersey Nets (NBA)|
|February 2011 - present||Utah Jazz (NBA)|
June 29, 2017
PF/C, 6’10, 265lbs, 25 years old, 7 years of experience
Bit of a down year for Favors, not helped by injuries, but in which his numbers fell across the board. After improving in each of the first six years of his career, Favors blocked far fewer shots than before, grabbed fewer offensive rebounds and shot only a .512% true shooting percentage. He shot far worse around the basket (down to 48% from 61%), and got to the line far less, losing his explosion in the open court and on pick-and-rolls due to the bad wheel it took all of the regular season to recover from. When healthy, Favors can play the four or five spots in today’s NBA, able to keep up on the perimeter while still playing better around the rim on both ends, catching and shooting from the mid-range a bit on top of that. But it’s a package that relies upon explosion, which relies upon health.
Player Plan: One year and $12 million remaining. Notwithstanding that he is coming off a down year, and an injury affected one, Favors is a good player on a good contract and a decent fit both alongside and behind Gobert, who should be kept around as such, especially with his well-timed free agency next summer.
March 10, 2011
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.
July 2, 2010
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.
June 27, 2010
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?