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Derrick Favors

Scouting Report

When Favors signed with Georgia Tech, many figured he'd be one and done, so the forward's decision to leave school after his freshman season came to the surprise of no one. Projected to be a top-five pick in June, Favors averaged 28.1 points, 13.3 rebounds, 5.0 blocks, 3.0 steals and 2.0 assists as a senior at South Atlanta High School. With the Yellow Jackets, he was named ACC rookie of the year after ranking second on the team in scoring (12.4) and rebounds (8.4). He helped lead Georgia Tech to the conference championship game - where he scored a career-high 22 points with 11 rebounds against eventual national champion Duke - and the second round of the NCAA tournament before becoming the fifth player in school history to enter the draft after one season, following Stephon Marbury, Chris Bosh, Javaris Crittenton and Thaddeus Young. Favors is powerful but also quick, and he flourishes in the post while also possessing an adequate medium-range jumper. He is strong on the defensive end, registering 74 blocks - sixth-most in school history - to finish second in the ACC while placing sixth with 5.4 defensive rebounds per game. Like most young players entering the draft, Favors needs to improve his conditioning and add bulk to his frame to be able to play in the paint in the NBA. His outside shooting also needs to get better, and he needs to work on passing out of the post after having 37 assists in 36 games.


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