Derrick Favors (Georgia Tech)
6'10, 245 lbs., PF
The second most talented player in the draft and the second ranked player coming into college, Favors didn't reach expectations this season, but did have a solid freshman campaign. As the season progressed, it became evident that Favors was blending in well, and became a force defensively. Offensively, he showed glimpses of being a solid low post threat while doing the dirty work.
While raw, Favors has beastly athleticism. He performs at his best when beating opposing PF's down the court using his speed. He also plays well running screen and roll plays for ally-oops as he sets good screens and uses his athleticism and length to finish. Otherwise, his offense consists largely of offensive rebounds and put backs.
Outside of junk situations, Favors is fairly limited offensively. While he shows the ability to play and stay inside, he does not have much of a post game nor a jump shot. Favors, does have a fairly limited jump hook, but needs improvement on footwork and utilizing post moves. Occasionally he would show a mid-range jumper but did not look comfortable doing so. To be at least a threat, Favors must add a 12 foot jumper along with footwork to his post game and an alternate post move. The good news is that Favors has a good work ethic and good athletic ability to at least add to his robotic post moves.
Defensively, Favors should shine at the next level. Favors has the lateral quickness to guard the stretch 4's along with the toughness to play inside. He has the length and athleticism to play excellent help defense, blocks shots, and rebounds well. With good coaching, Favors can become a top tier defensive player.
How does his game translate to the NBA?
Athletically, Favors comes into the league as a top 10 athlete. Defensively, Favors should be a beast at the next level and has the mentality to do so. Offensively, Favors is very raw, but unlike other gifted and athletic power forwards like Tyrus Thomas, Stromile Swift, and Josh Smith, Favors likes to play inside. If he added a mid-range jumper, Favors compares to a poor man's Amare Stoudemire or Shawn Kemp.
Right now, Favors is projected to be the third pick in the draft. While DeMarcus Cousins might be a safer choice and better offensive player, Favors would be a perfect fit next to Brook Lopez in providing toughness and staying down low. He's somewhat of a boom or bust pick as he still needs to improve his skill level considerably at the next level while having the athletic potential to become an elite player if he does.