Battle of teen NBA stars: DERRICK FAVORS or DeMarcus Cousins at No. 3 overall in NBA Draft?

Will it be South Atlanta High legend Derrick Favors OR Kentucky’s DeMarcus Cousins to the New Jersey Nets at No. 3 overall in Thursday’s NBA Draft? Which teenager will get his named called out first?

Who will the Nets draft at No. 3?

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The Nets appear to be favoring Favors, who prepped for one year at Georgia Tech.

Cousins, 19, worked out for the Nets on Monday and “he failed to prove that he is better equipped and contoured to play the power forward position than the more athletic and equally promising Derrick Favors,” according to The Star-Ledger’s Dave D’Alessandro.

Favors also went through drills the same day for Nets officials.

The newspaper also pointed out “the 18-year-old from Georgia Tech also put on a representative show, but when the media was allowed to watch one catch-and-shoot drill at the end of an exhausting morning, he missed a dozen in a row from 16-foot range. That is insignificant to the team, however — and irrelevant to the player.”

Favors seems determined to go at No. 3, insisting to the assembled media that he would be a “good fit” in New Jersey.

There also have been reports that Favors was not in his best shape for his workout for the Minnesota Timberwolves, which draft No. 4. New Jersey personnel chief Gregg Polinsky told the Star-Ledger, ““I didn’t see it” from Monday’s drills. However, Polinsky also said that Favors admitted “it was a [valid] criticism.”

Which teenager do YOU think will go at No. 3? South Atlanta’s legend or Cousins? State your case below.

31 comments Add your comment

mowreck

June 23rd, 2010
7:14 am

mowreck

June 23rd, 2010
7:14 am

no contest, Mr. Favors!

Dawg Power

June 23rd, 2010
7:19 am

If Trey Thompkins had entered the draft, he would go before BOTH Derrick Favors and Cousins. But Big Trey, being the outstanding man of character, turned down being a lottery pick to remain loyal to his school and help Coach Fox win a national championship this year. Tim Duncan stayed in college and it worked well for him. It will for Trey, too.

Brian

June 23rd, 2010
8:15 am

Thompkins is a good player, but there is no way he would go before either Favors or Cousins. As it stands I think that Favors will go play for the Nets. He has always upstaged Cousins, going back to head-to-head meetings in high school.

y

June 23rd, 2010
8:46 am

Coming from a UGA basketball fan….Favors is elite talent. Trey Thompkins is a good player but Favors is the kind of talent that only comes around every few years….Dwight Howard, Chrish Bosh like players. Who ever gets Favors is getting a future perennial all star….just wait till this kid develops his jump shot. I think Favors has all the physical tools….and he is still growing….to be a dominant 5 man in the NBA. Cousins is also an elite talent but his talent has less room for development than Favors….Cousins is the player that he will be right now. Favors may be a project but the rewards for developing a player with this amount of upside should have him picked 2nd on draft day.

DawginLex

June 23rd, 2010
9:15 am

Teams will regret not taking Cousins.

Paul in RDU

June 23rd, 2010
9:19 am

Does it matter which one goes 3rd – it’s the Nets afterall.
Even at the top of the draft there are plenty of mistakes.
Some recent #3 draft picks – Adam Morrison (2006), Mike Dunleavy (2002), Darius Miles (2000).

And let’s not forget such #2 picks as Marvin Williams, Tyson Chadler and Stromile Swift

Halsey

June 23rd, 2010
9:21 am

I don’t know who will go 3rd, but it’s become an interesting debate. If I had to choose I’d go Favors because Cousins weight and attitude questions scare me.

RambleOn84

June 23rd, 2010
9:23 am

This may sound like sour grapes coming from a Tech fan, but I’m just trying to be real here…

Favors should have stayed at least one more year. I have already read reports on ESPN.com, among other places, that he has a very suspect work ethic and has been getting beat by Cousins consistently.

Favors didn’t get much good coaching from Hewitt, and that likely wouldn’t change much after another year. But he could have played against more good competition and gotten his body more ready for the rigors of an NBA season.

He was good last year only because of his physical gifts; he needs to develop his talents and work on his game. I guess he will get that in NBA practice, but he better be ready to work hard.

ormewood

June 23rd, 2010
9:31 am

Rambleon84, you say that if he came back to Tech, that ‘he could have played against more good competition.’ Really, better than the NBA? I’m not saying that mentally he is ready for the NBA, but physically he is more than ready. He would have gone straight to the NBA if he could have.

The Truth

June 23rd, 2010
9:35 am

GT fans, where do you come up with this stuff. Favors improved tremendously during his one year at GT. Hewitt is fabulous at developing players, see Bosh, Jack, Luke, West, Morrow. Maybe the best in college basketball. However, he is challegened at getting his player to play as a team.

GT fans are smart people, but seem to know nothing about sports.

RambleOn84

June 23rd, 2010
9:46 am

Clearly the competition wouldn’t have been as good as the NBA, but what I’m getting at is that he should have learned to hone his skills and not just rely on his athleticism. It’s harder to learn those skills when you’re thrown into the fire.

The Truth,
Your argument is flawed. Bosh was at Tech one year, and is just a specimen. Jack was here two years, but was great as a freshman already. Mario West always had the talent, but was grossly underutilized at Tech by Hewitt (and actually still is for the Hawks). Morrow is a better pro than he was in college.

All of these cases seem to support the notion that Hewitt was NOT good at maxing out potential.

See Krzyzewski for the reverse. Shelden Williams, Mike Dunleavy, JJ Redick, etc. all played great in college, but are relative busts in the pros. That is the mark of a good coach.

RambleOn84

June 23rd, 2010
9:48 am

Both Young and Crittenton also showed little to no development in their one year with Hewitt.

Halberstram

June 23rd, 2010
10:53 am

I’d take Favors over Cousins. Hewitt didn’t utilize Favors properly. Ending up with Cousins isn’t a bad thing though, guy’s very talented.

ormewood

June 23rd, 2010
10:54 am

So you’re defeating your argument here. Basically, you’re saying that Favors would not have gotten appreciably better under Hewitt’s watch a la Young and Crittendon. That being the case, he should definitely have turned pro. Fact is, if you’re projected as a lottery selection, you definitely should go pro. Similarly in football, if you’re slated to be a first-rounder, you should declare.

Atl Jacket

June 23rd, 2010
11:00 am

RambleOn, what would be the point of Favors coming back in the end though? I mean he isnt going to get a degree even if he came back he would be gone after next year and he couldn’t really improve his draft stock anymore so wouldn’t it just be delaying the inevitable and risking injury?

RambleOn84

June 23rd, 2010
11:07 am

To both ormewood and Atl Jacket:
I am not trying to be critical of his decision to go pro whatsoever (though i can see how it may seem that way). If I were given the opportunity, I would definitely take it.

And I don’t think he would gain a lot under another year of Hewitt, but like I said he could definitely use more conditioning to get his body ready.

People use Bosh as an example, but forget that he did not tear up the NBA right away. It took him a couple of years to get to where he is now. Some guys cannot handle that, and fold under pressure because it is the first time in their lives they have not been able to get by solely on their physical gifts (see Thaddeus Young).

Hopefully, this will not happen to Favors, but it is a distinct possibility.

I just think it is a disservice to the players and their respective schools to allow them to go one-and-done.

They should be able to either go out of high school, or have to commit to three years in college. A couple of months playing college ball and going to a few classes doesn’t really benefit anyone.

poof!!!

June 23rd, 2010
11:12 am

RambleOn84 all you are doing is rambling. Jack played three years at Tech and his freshman year was terrbal (mocking Charles Barkley). You know nothing about basketball.

RambleOn84

June 23rd, 2010
11:17 am

Three years, not two…my mistake. His freshman year was NOT terrible. He made a few freshman mistakes, but he was a good player.

Don’t tell me I know nothing about basketball; I don’t have a perfect memory, true, but I’d like you to find me someone who remembers every basketball statistic without the use of the internet (Rain Man doesn’t count).

For the record, I’m not one of these Tech fans who is highly critical of Hewitt. I do question whether he is the right man for the job, but he hasn’t been horrible either. I just disagree with “The Truth,” who asserted that Hewitt was “fabulous” at player development, as most of the players he listed were either natural freaks or were poorly utilized while at Tech.

GTZ09

June 23rd, 2010
11:34 am

The Nets are looking hard at taking Wesley Johnson from ‘Cuse over Favors and Cousins. They may have a better chance of signing a PF (Bosh, Nowitzki, Stoudemire, Boozer, Lee) rather than a SG/SF (Johnson, Wade, BronBron, Pierce) during this free agent period. However, I think Favors fits best with the Nets. He may take a year or so to really get things going, but he has outstanding ability. Him and Brook Lopez could become one of the most dominating front courts in the NBA a couple of years from now.

Go Jackets and best of luck in the draft.

Michael Carvell

June 23rd, 2010
2:27 pm

@RambleOn84: If Derrick Favors is a lottery pick, he made a great decision to do the one-and-done. It’s a bummer for Georgia Tech. I agree Favors needs a lot more development and has a lot to prove, but why not do it on the NBA’s dime for big bucks?

Michael Carvell

June 23rd, 2010
2:32 pm

@RambleOn84: Who knows how much Paul Hewitt does to help his players develop? He may do everything or he may do nothing. But I do know this: Hewitt has a strong reputation among the high school prospects for putting Georgia Tech players into the NBA. It helps tremendously with recruiting.

Michael Carvell

June 23rd, 2010
2:34 pm

@Paul in RDU: Good list, and I could add many more. All I can say is that if Derrick Favors IS A B-U-S-T (like Kwame Brown), he will be a very wealthy bust (like Kwame).

burr

June 23rd, 2010
3:15 pm

neither wesley johnson will b the 3rd pick. Favors will be picked before cousins though

Outside Observer

June 23rd, 2010
3:31 pm

Hewitt developed Morrow? Morrow was undrafted and came out of nowhere to lead the NBA in threes as a rookie. If we had such a good three point shooter, why wasn’t he utilized more in college. Alade Aminu has been tearing it up in the D-league but he looked like he had two left feet when he was playing in Hewitt’s offense. And I know I am not the most knowledgeable person about basketball, but is it really that difficult to draw up a successful inbounds play? Paul Hewitt recruits elite talent, but he does nothing to make them ready for the NBA. Hence, why every player out of tech is considered a “project” not a sure thing.

Michael Carvell

June 23rd, 2010
4:19 pm

@Outside, if Morrow (or any other NBA-er) played at Georgia Tech under Hewitt, then Hewitt gets the credit. That’s the way potential recruits see it.

GT Bball Fan

June 23rd, 2010
5:07 pm

Favors #3 and future All-Star! If your dream is the NBA, GT and Hewitt will get you to the Pro’s. Just the facts.

Delbert D.

June 23rd, 2010
6:15 pm

If Favors gets #3, then the NBA players association might as well limit their Top 100 camp to 2 potential players. Another one-and-dud.

Ga. Baseball

June 23rd, 2010
10:18 pm

I was about to say who cares? Cousins better have his mama with him all the time from the interview I saw. He is not ready maturity wise.
Favors had better learn to score away from the basket. But like I said who cares. They are both such individuals. They could care less about TEAM.

Tech Forever

June 23rd, 2010
11:29 pm

Wow….”South Atlanta Legend.” Legends come pretty cheap these days.

JEWELL ROLLEN

June 24th, 2010
8:39 am

I DON’T THINK FAVORS HIT MORE THAN 5 15 FOOT JUMPERS IN THE ENTIRE SEASON THAT JUST PASSED. HIS GAME IS SORELY LACKING IN THIS AREA.