NBA lottery pick Derrick Favors to get $19.3 million over four seasons — one year out of South Atlanta High

The lovefest between Derrick Favors and the New York area media officially tipped off when Favors was drafted No. 3 overall by the New Jersey Nets on Thursday. Favors, who turns 19 years old on July 15, projects to earn $19.3 million over five years, according to the NBA rookie salary scale.

Where will Derrick Favors be in five years?

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Here are some highlights:

  • The New York Times had a bunch of one-liners on Favors, who is the first player addition under the new owner of the Nets, Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorow. Wrote the Times: “‘I’m open to learning Russian,’ Favors said, letting everyone know what he didn’t study during his one year in college.” The Times also explained the New Jersey draft logic, saying “the Nets opted for the most athletic frontcourt player available but the one considered the least NBA ready.”
  • ESPN gave major props to Favors college coach. “Georgia Tech has been a pipeline to the pros in recent years, a weigh station where NBA prospects quickly develop their raw talent under Paul Hewitt, then move on,” wrote ESPN blogger Kevin Arnovitz.
  • The New York Daily News rehashed the draft woes of the Nets: “On May 18, the Nets finished third in the draft lottery despite going in with the best odds to win the No. 1 pick. That killed their dream of drafting [Kentucky PG John Wall], the most dynamic player in the draft, who many feel would have given the Nets their best chance to land LeBron James this summer. Still, Favors could help the Nets recover from last season’s debacle. He is considered a superb athlete who can get off the floor quickly to block shots and rebound. He is also a solid shooter with a soft touch on his hook shot.”
  • Nets coach Avery Johnson gave heavy praise to Favors, comparing him to another Atlanta NBA product. Johnson told the New Jersey Star-Ledger, “We just absolutely loved this young man, we think he has a great upside. We think potentially if he can put on another 15 more pounds, we have a Dwight Howard with … not only power, but some finesse, a great touch around the basket. So we think he’s explosive — if you look at his calves and rear end and base, he’s really good. He’s strong down there. We’re going to get him stronger in the upper body, but we’re really excited about this young man.” The newspaper also quoted an anonymous NBA team official not from the Nets, who offered the skinny of Favors: “His jumper needs some work, but a few changes in his technique will show a real benefit. Right now there’s no finesse — he’ll just keep pounding away at you. But once he gets some, he’s going to have a big-time career. I love him. He’s a total stud.”
    On May 18, the Nets finished third in the draft lottery despite going in with the best odds to win the No. 1 pick. That killed their dream of drafting Wall, the most dynamic player in the draft, who many feel would have given the Nets their best chance to land LeBron James this summer.
    Still, Favors could help the Nets recover from last season’s debacle. He is considered a superb athlete who can get off the floor quickly to block shots and rebound. He is also a solid shooter with a soft touch on his hook shot.On May 18, the Nets finished third in the draft lottery despite going in with the best odds to win the No. 1 pick. That killed their dream of drafting Wall, the most dynamic player in the draft, who many feel would have given the Nets their best chance to land LeBron James this summer. Still, Favors could help the Nets recover from last season’s debacle. He is considered a superb athlete who can get off the floor quickly to block shots and rebound. He is also a solid shooter with a soft touch on his hook shot.
  • The Canadian Press wrote in the headlines that “Nets grad power forward Derrick Favours.” Evidentially, Favors’ last name is spelled differently in Canada. CP also reported that “Favours [was] the youngest American in the draft,” quoting him as saying “Now I have to grow up and grow up fast, and get ready to play against some of the top players in the world.”

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Mrs. Darlene HAll

June 25th, 2010
7:30 am

I have known Derrick Favors since he was going to South Atlanta High School, I was the Security Guard there, I told Derrick then He was going to be somebody one day. I am very very proud of him being draft to the Nets. Keep up the good work Derrick, I used to tell you I was your second moma in school.

Mrs. Darlene HAll

June 25th, 2010
7:31 am

Derrick I am so proud of you . Keep up the good work, Dr. Barber said he is so happy.

Douglas

June 25th, 2010
7:44 am

What a joke of a comment by ESPN: players go to Ga. Tech where they develop their raw talent under Hewitt? Yeah right…it’s more they go there to waste their talent and get beat by less talented and better coached UGA teams. What was this guy smoking?

Hmm

June 25th, 2010
8:07 am

Douglas,

You’re an idiot.

If he only went to Tech...

June 25th, 2010
8:39 am

…for one semester (”Actually Favors stayed at Georgia Tech for one semester”) he would not have been eligible after Christmas, unless you are indicating that he was enrolled but did not attend any classes…if that is the case, me thinks Tech has some serious academic issues, about which the Tech nation does not want to hear.

The Deegan

June 25th, 2010
8:45 am

And Im sure the AAU coach is drooling as we speak. I hope Favors boots them all to the curb because he’s going to have a large following. This is the saddest part of all pro sports. An 18-19 yr old kid who has all the money he needs and starts handing it out to thugs.

collegeballfan

June 25th, 2010
8:55 am

Lets see, that almost 4 million a year. Heck of a lot more than I made one year out of high school.

And there are a lot of people who will say he should have remained in school for the education.

K

June 25th, 2010
9:23 am

@The Deegan
Why would you make a statement like that? Do you even know who his inner circle is? Unless you know…SHUT UP! Be happy for the kid and an wish him well. Way too much negativity!! Congratulations to Derek Favors and Al Forouq Aminu…two lottery picks from the metro area. Who says GA is just a football state!!!!!

TheTruth

June 25th, 2010
9:28 am

I met this young man a few years ago in the hall way at his school. He was totally disrespectful to one of the elderly ladies that asked for help moving a table. I watched him laugh at these women trying to move tables for a program. I hope with all of this money he buys a life coach who works on his manners. He may bulk up and have Dwight Howards size, but he won’t ever have his spirit of giving.

huntergt13

June 25th, 2010
9:30 am

This is the flaw in college basketball. These kids only have to go to class for one semester(grades do not post the the end of the season, therefore the do not have to go the 2nd). Why even waste theirs or our time…let them go out of high school, or make them stay for two years. College basketball has become a joke, every kid with medium talent is one and dumb…Even kids from mid majors are now early first rounders…if that doesn’t say something than what does.

Wantawinner

June 25th, 2010
9:35 am

When will colleges stop being the “farm” for the NBA? There should be a two-year college minimum to make player OK for the draft. If not for the players, how about the supportive college alumni and fans?

Andre

June 25th, 2010
9:57 am

Congrats Derrick! One of Atlanta’s sons have made it. Make us proud like Dwight. I’m sure fellow Atlantan on the Nets Jarvis Hayes will show you the ropes.

TheTruth

June 25th, 2010
9:59 am

@ Wantawinner…I agree, if they are good as freshman, they should be even better as upcoming juniors! People get mad when they hear these “stars” are broke…but you give KIDS an entire candy store and get upset that they ate all of the candy too fast! College scouts spend years following these guys around, give them full scholarships and anything else that will keep them happy…for them to come to the school for a “semester” and leave!

TRUE BLUE

June 25th, 2010
10:01 am

What about 2 years minimum for all sports. Seem to me we always have a problem with football and basketball players leaving school early for a big payday.What about baseball player turning down a scholarship for a baseball contract straight out of high school.

Michael Carvell

June 25th, 2010
10:08 am

@If He Went, thanks, updated. Derrick attended Tech from both fall and spring sessions, along with last summer.

TheTruth

June 25th, 2010
10:19 am

@TrueBlue…i’m for ALL sports having a 2 year minimum…Take core classes in college and also provide these students with financial management classes. I’m not just biased to football and basketball…especially for football…those young are putting so much strain on their bodies with tackles and hits…in baseball…the pitchers are throwing over 100 pitches a game…its rough…every sport has a drawback in the long run

Sorry huntergt13, but...

June 25th, 2010
10:29 am

…even UGA sidelined a player the year before last for not going to class during the season. Players (even 1 and done players) DO have to go to class during the second semester to maintain eligibility for that season – they may not study or anything else, but failure of the classes does not count until the next fall’s season (though they can make up classes in summer school if they still want to play the next season…

While I do not disagree...

June 25th, 2010
10:32 am

…with the various proposals for at least 2 years of college for those who START college, I cannot see how you could require anyone, straight out of high school, from going straight to pros if they are good enough. Just like you cannot require anyone else to go to college to get a job, and you cannot keep any “regular” student from taking a high paying job after high school or one year of college, why should athletes be any different?

Are...

June 25th, 2010
10:34 am

Mrs. Darlene HAll and TheTruth both talking about the same person?

Ben

June 25th, 2010
10:51 am

I’m curious how Tech fans feel about this as a referendum on Paul Hewitt. If that ESPN blogger feels that both Favors and Aminu “developed” at Tech and they both went in the Top 10 of the draft, what does that say about Hewitt that they didn’t even make the NCAA tourney? I could certainly see an argument that both guys most likely would’ve gone straight out of high school if they could’ve and were less than motivated but still, with that kind of talent, this has to be a giant red flag…..

GT Bball Fan

June 25th, 2010
10:55 am

Another GT millionaire living the DREAM! If you want financial success in life (Sports or Real World) GT is the place to go. Dawgtards deliver pizza’s and work for Comcast customer support.

Alphare

June 25th, 2010
10:57 am

At least he was with Tech for a few monthes.

What’s a guy’s name from another state? he signed with Tech as a football player and got promised $1.2mil by a baseball team before he even gets on the field for Tech.

Tech means future!

TheTruth

June 25th, 2010
10:59 am

@While I do disagree…you can’t force anyone…but as of today, there is a one year rule for college..that’s why they were fresham prospects. No one graduatates high school or leaves first year of college and gets a “regular” job making 4 million a year..and you said a key phrase…if they are good enough…read their scouting report…only one of these guys is getting talk about being a starter…their “cons” sheet is longer than their “pros” sheet. Every report also talks about how immature they are! They were good as far as the pool of prospects, but they aren’t developed to play their first game tomorrow if required.

@Are…yes we are talking about the same person…not taking anything away from Mrs. Hall, but when you are around someone everyday and idolize them (as his school did), you tend to not see the not so nice things about a person. I’ve heard other stories about him being rude but I can only comment on what I saw. No one is perfect…so I’m not bashing him…I just hope he matures..

Old Tech fan in NC

June 25th, 2010
11:03 am

Notice how many of the younger players were drafted before any seniors. Evidently it does not pay to stay in school…especially four years.

Favors has only one problem…youth…and that will self correct one day at a time! Congrats!

GTSteve

June 25th, 2010
11:05 am

Ben…do you follow college hoops……Aminu went to Wake Forest….and Tech did go to the NCAA Tourney with Favors last year

William Casey

June 25th, 2010
11:12 am

It’s simple. Do it like baseball. You can sign pro right out of high school. But, if you enroll in college, you can’t be drafted until after your junior year. Guys who don’t want to college but aren’t ready for the NBA at 18 can play on an international pro team. The NBA sucks on this issue.

Ben

June 25th, 2010
11:12 am

GTSteve, HAHA, clearly not very close. I was thinking of Gani Lawal. Still, me = FAIL.

GTSteve

June 25th, 2010
11:14 am

lol…I know..as I was typing, I was second guessing myself for a minute

TheTruth

June 25th, 2010
11:21 am

Do any of you remember Jeremy Tyler? click on or copy this link. http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news?slug=ap-tylerquits
He was discussed as a possible #1 pick of 2011…he left to go improve his stats, but it backfired…but then you also have Brandon Jennings who it worked for…not even one is ready to play pro at 17 and 18.

Disrespectful

June 25th, 2010
12:11 pm

The fact that Georgia Tech has become a stopping point for NBA talent development is disrespectful to the Institution. Paul Hewitt should be removed from his position and a coach interested in the development of the whole player, from the athletics to the academics, should be hired. I don’t find the current state of affairs to be reflective of the qualities upon which Georgia Tech has defined itself.

Vick=Dog killing thug

June 25th, 2010
12:35 pm

Don’t feel bad for Favors. He got the big contract. What the real problem is that these young players come out early sign a 1 year tender for much smaller money which they waste immediately. One year later they are out of the league with nothing. No money, little fame and above all, no education.

michael

June 25th, 2010
12:53 pm

nonetheless, my wife has a masters degree as a nurse practioner, saves lives, treats lives…she makes a little over $100,000. I wish she had the bone structure and height these babies have. Maybe she’d pull $200,000 per year with an option to save lives. I’m just turned off by the idea that billionaires are playing poker with one another in sports. Priorities are so wrong. Go JESUS at the market!

Dr. Phil

June 25th, 2010
1:14 pm

Paul Hewitt developing talent!!! What a joke!!

SILLY UGA FANS

June 25th, 2010
1:36 pm

I was pissed when he left, but you can’t blame the kid for going for the money. The problem is with the system. That slot could have been used for somebody who actually wanted an education and student/athletes like Favors never have any plans further than one and done. Why is basketball so different from football? A college puts a lot of money and time into these kids, the least they could do is give three years back and if they get thier degree they have something to fall back on. Then you would not hear about these stupid pro-athlete relief funds needed for a player that blew his money and has nothing once his career is over. For the rest of us it’s called get a job or lose your stuff, for them it’s oh you have no other skill so we should feel sorry for you since you can’t manage your millions. That’s why I can’t stand pro sports anymore with the insane ticket prices just so I can sit elbow to elbow drinking a $10 dollar beer to wash down my $8 hot dog.

wiley

June 25th, 2010
1:53 pm

Another Tech made millionaire success story. Congrats to Derrick.

norcross schools

June 25th, 2010
2:06 pm

Congrats to Derrick. His hard work and dedication paid off. Besides his contribution of his athleticism to the team, our children need good role models in the NBA.

An Observer

June 25th, 2010
2:08 pm

I wish the kid all the luck! His abilities are great, but Ga. Tech, High School,his teachers and parents failed him tremendously on his SPEAKING ability!!!! oh but I fotgot non of that matters except the “W”……soooooo tragic

BigTimeTECHFan

June 25th, 2010
2:45 pm

As good as Dwight Howard, we shall see but Dwight Howard is a beast.

I can’t beleive Wall, Turner and Favors were picked ahead of Gordon Hayward from Butler, I didn’t know he was comeing out this year. Do NBA scouts not watch NCAA ball. Hayward was unstopable in NCAA tourney, he should have been no. 1 overall pick.

Oh, Davis from UNC ahead of Hayward, come on, something is not right, Hayward carried Butler team with less talent to NCAA finals, Davis couldn’t do anything at UNC.

That said Wall is good but I would take Hayward in a minute over him.

Techno

June 25th, 2010
3:01 pm

I too congratulate Derrick on his money. But all you Tech fans that equate his success to going to Tech, moneywise or basketballwise, are absolutely living the dream you want to live. And its not reality.

Gator Man

June 25th, 2010
3:01 pm

This is why the NBA,and society is screwed up now, You stupid people supporting another jock with no education, College at least 2 years teaches you how to mature and it is pricelist. Poor teaches who try to educate our dummies like this one, cant get 40,000 and taking pay cuts. What kind of parents do he have, Oh I can tell you its all about the money and nothing in your head.

Texas Tea

June 25th, 2010
3:08 pm

GT Bball Fan,

Well you certainly don’t go to Tech to win anything, so studying is the next best option. Good school, but alumni and fans with egos way bigger than any other fan base, maybe besides Clempsun. And yes, first hand knowledge because I went to Tech, and I’m a Georgia fan, and most of my friends are the Tech fans who seemingly try to degrade any other fan with their so called academic rating. Let me share something, North Carolina, Duke, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest are in way better academic situations than Tech, so no need to walk around with a head bigger than a balloon. And paul Hewitt coaching raw talent is the biggest joke I have ever heard. That is one thing that I and most Tech fans will agree upon. he can recruit like crazy, but he is an empty promise once you sign that dotted line, so it’s best to get your education. Favors did not learn any new tricks at Tech, and he is making it on pure talent alone. Hewitt has an awful track record, tons of talent, and nothing to show for it. Raw talent should be key words when it comes to Marbury, Bosh, Lewal, Favors, etc. Hewitt taught nothing, it was all natural ability. Douglas had it right in the beginning of this blog.

BigTimeTECHFan

June 25th, 2010
3:08 pm

Duke won Nat’l Championship, did they have anyone drafted?

Noneya

June 25th, 2010
3:14 pm

OK….let’s get real here. Education is primarily so that one can earn a living. Mr. Favors will be making quite a living. He can finish a degree should he desire following an NBA career. I’ve got a Tech diploma……I’ll mail it to anyone here who will send me $19M in certified funds.

AlabamaRamblinwreck

June 25th, 2010
4:14 pm

Hey, Noneya, I’ll do you one better.

I’ll send anyone my Tech degree for 1.5 millioin!! Yes, I am cheap compared to noneya, and that is an engineering degree to boot!!

Dawg Fan

June 25th, 2010
4:14 pm

Congrats Derrick hope you play for a long time in the NBA,don’t forget to keep your head on straight. GOOD LUCK

cheshire

June 25th, 2010
5:03 pm

I’m a GT fan, but i never saw what Favors did to warrant all this acclaim. He was okay at times, but i never watched him play and thought “yep, future #3 pick right there”.

I realize scouts go off a lot of projections based on size, height, etc., but i just don’t get why so many think Favors is going to dominate the NBA. I think he’ll probably have a decent career, but he’s not going to become a household name or a superstar.

Idiots

June 25th, 2010
5:12 pm

People on this blog are idiots. Aminu did not go to Georgia Tech. The Truth, I went to Georgia Tech with Favors and was a TA for him in the fall, and he showed up to every single class and got a B. He’s one of the nicest dudes you’ll ever meet, very humble. True Blue, your first comment didn’t even make sense, the earliest that a football player can leave is 3 years after he’s been out of high school, which the majority of the time equates to his 3rd year in college. Besides that, your comment is incoherent. And while I agree Paul Hewitt is not a very good coach, he’s an excellent recruiter, and look at the talent that has come through Georgia Tech and now is in the NBA while Hewitt’s been there: Chris Bosh, Jarrett Jack, Thaddeus Young, Javaris Crittenton, Derrick Favors, Gani Lawal, etc. Dude, those are some players. Y’all are dumb.

Fred Sanford

June 25th, 2010
5:14 pm

MS hall already trying to get some that money.His second moma(momma)yeah right

YELLOWFUZZ

June 25th, 2010
5:17 pm

What time does GT play in the CWS?

SEC FAN

June 25th, 2010
5:22 pm

YELLOWFUZZ-you must have forgot. The knats pulled their annual choke gig against a SEC team. Shame on you for expecting more,but like they say there is one born every minute.