ESPN: Derrick Favors’ draft stock is growing … and growing

Mr. Favors looks all of 6-foot-10 here. (AP photo)

Derrick Favors looks all of 6-foot-10 here. (AP photo)

Last week the consensus had Derrick Favors going No. 3 in the NBA draft, behind John Wall of Kentucky and Ohio State’s Evan Turner. Now, courtesy of Chad Ford of ESPN.com’s Insiders at the Chicago draft combine, comes word the Georgia Tech one-and-done could go higher.

Why? Because, per Ford, it turns out Favors is even bigger than he appears. Writes Ford (link requires registration): “He’s a legit 6-foot-10, has a 7-2 wingspan and a 9-2 standing reach. Those numbers are actually very close to Dwight Howard and better than the Atlanta Hawks’ Al Horford. If Favors projects as a center in the NBA, he too could get some strong consideration with the No. 2 pick.”

As has been noted before, the early line on Favors had him being a cross between Horford and Josh Smith. But it’s much harder to find a center than a power forward, and if NBA teams regard Favors as a center … well, that’s a major development.

Ford also provides this pithy blind quote:

“Favors doesn’t have the offensive game that [Kentucky's] DeMarcus Cousins has,” another GM told me. “But he’s a better athlete, a better defender and when the two of them met head-to-head in high school, Favors kicked Cousins’ butt. Had he got going earlier at Georgia Tech, he could’ve been, probably should’ve been, the No. 1 pick.”

Remember back in January, when folks were saying Favors was overrated? He wasn’t. Just underused. I noted a couple of months ago that Favors would be much better as a pro than as a collegian, and I’ll stand by that.

94 comments Add your comment

Andre

May 25th, 2010
9:49 am

Nice to see homegrown ball players doing great. I wish him much luck.

Atlanta Jacket

May 25th, 2010
9:53 am

Another Tech man. Another success story.

Next year at this time, we’ll be talking about the Robot Nesbott. Mark my words!

Big Dawg A

May 25th, 2010
10:00 am

He will do well in the NBA in spite of his coach at Tech!!!

spider

May 25th, 2010
10:01 am

a lot of good this does the ga tech team, i have no use for 1 and dones

CJ

May 25th, 2010
10:04 am

I’m glad we used him to his full potential!

Matty Ice

May 25th, 2010
10:05 am

another example why Paul Hewitt should be gone……he gets “the least” out of his players – the sign of a good recruiter who is a bad coach.

ScoutDawg

May 25th, 2010
10:06 am

Please geek not a “robot” roll call.

Tim Tebow's Tears

May 25th, 2010
10:19 am

Glad CPH fully used him to his potential is his backward offense

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Paul in RDU

May 25th, 2010
10:25 am

Mark – I can’t see anyone going above John Wall but I expect Favors to go ahead of Cousins, and not just because of any head to head in HS. Didn’t Cousins show up in Chicago with a little bit of a weight problem?

GTPhenom

May 25th, 2010
10:30 am

Just further proves Hewitt’s incompetence when it comes to coaching. Favors should have averaged 20+ points and 10+ rebounds in college, and been in the running for player of the year. But, thanks to Hewitt, he was instead, underused, misused, and horribly misguided by the sorry coach that we are still stuck with for another year.

ND

May 25th, 2010
10:34 am

Really stepping out on a limb there Mark saying he will be a better pro player than college. We will never know how good of a college player he could have been. You can’t judge him on one year playing for a coach who I am not going to mention.

Mark Bradley

May 25th, 2010
10:37 am

Cousins is very skilled for a big man, Paul in RDU, but he never seemed to be in shape at Kentucky. And if you’re not in shape as a teenager, what happens when you get a bit older?

That said, Favors likewise seemed to tire rather quickly at Tech. Especially early in the season.

Delbert D.

May 25th, 2010
10:45 am

When Dwight Howard and Randolph Morris met in high school, Morris kicked his butt.

TONE

May 25th, 2010
10:48 am

thanks for the memories mr favor’s I remember watching you come in as a wide eyed freshman and watching you all the way to graduation (oh wait) nevermind

Mark Bradley

May 25th, 2010
10:49 am

When Ralph Sampson and Sam Bowie met in high school, Sampson kicked Bowie’s backside.

Dr. Warren

May 25th, 2010
10:50 am

Maybe I’m wrong, but I smell a Marvin Williams just waiting to happen…

Mark Bradley

May 25th, 2010
10:50 am

Even if you understand that’s how the game is played nowadays, the one-and-dones are disconcerting. I mean, look at Kentucky: The Wildcats essentially recruited a team for all of one year, and now they’ve gone and recruited a whole new team.

Mark Bradley

May 25th, 2010
10:51 am

A couple of differences, Dr. Warren: Favors is much more assertive and much stronger than Marvin Williams.

G=Money

May 25th, 2010
10:54 am

All of you Hewitt bashers give it a rest please. Not every college player has it click for himself in his first year. Evan Turner is a top five pick, was he in the mix for top five consideration after his freshman year? Favors game is an exceptionally physical one which bodes well in the NBA, however in the ACC he was going to constantly remain in foul trouble. Tech will actually be a better team without him, and it is not necessarily a knock on him. UGA went to the final four after Wilkins left, its natural for the remaining players to galvanize and play better.

With an I

May 25th, 2010
10:56 am

Derrick Favors is such an obvious talent, I guess he has to go high in the draft. But as a Tech senior who went to a lot of games and was looking forward to having one of the most explosive, dominating freshmen in college basketball, I was totally disappointed. Maybe Favors was underused, but his body language was totally awful almost 100% of the time. He seems lazy, he doesn’t hustle, he doesn’t care about winning or losing… that’s what he telegraphed to me from the court. If I were an NBA GM watching tape on Favors, I would be impressed by his obvious physical gifts, but I would definitely question his work ethic and will to win.

Then again, Hewitt can recruit ‘em but he can’t seem to coach them to their potential. Who thought Anthony Morrow was going to be a solid NBA starter? He was a solid role player on our team, if that. No. 3 pick for Favors just seems too high to risk getting a lazy player who just wants to get paid.

Dr. Warren

May 25th, 2010
11:01 am

Fair enough, but I wish this kind of player could at least stick around in college long enough to prove it first. It’s hurting the college game something terrible when so many talented ones leave as freshmen. And let’s hope he’s lucky enough to get a pro coach who can educate him in the fundamentals. Woody sure didn’t seem to be that guy for Marvin–or Acie or Teague.

Andy

May 25th, 2010
11:06 am

The one-and-dones are going to be the downfall of college basketball. Not only does it prevent your team from developing year to year and learning how to play together, it’s also horrendous from a academic perspective. These kids don’t even have to go to class do they? If they do it’s only a few joke classes to remain eligible. I would prefer they change the rule and they them go straight from HS again. At least that way they don’t destroy college basketball. The rule should be the same as football. You have to stay at least 2 years.

HugoStiglitz

May 25th, 2010
11:15 am

I agree Andy. I would prefer they use the Major League Baseball model. If you are fresh out of high school you can go straight to the pros, and many players do. If you decide to go to college though then you cant turn pro until after your junior season or until you are 21 years old. Football is similar just that players out of high school cant go pro. The game would be more fun to watch if we could root for these guys for more then one season.

RAMBLE ON!!!

May 25th, 2010
11:19 am

It is just another reminder about GT having the worst coach in the History of NCAA Men and Women Sports.

I hope Favors will be drafted high enough to afford a nice tattoo. Maybe one with Jesus slam dunking a basketball, or something.

GStateBen

May 25th, 2010
11:20 am

So yet another player who is projected to be a high lottery pick and what does Tech have to show for it. Again, nothing. A 2nd round loss in the NCAA Tournament where a team like Butler reaches the Championship game with only one (right now) NBA talent on their roster.

Player development is on the coaching staff.

Oh well, time for Georgia State to rise up.

Ted M

May 25th, 2010
11:22 am

Isn’t this further evidence that Paul Hewitt really bad coach?

Marcus

May 25th, 2010
11:29 am

MB,
I posed this thought on Hoopinion:

Peachtree Hoops has an interview with Horford from the Univision website (all in Spanish). Can’t read, but in short 9via interpretation by Peachtree Hoops), Al asks about moving to the ‘4′, along with a cquiring a true ‘5′.

Off-the-wall Thought: Trade draft position, rights to Childress and maybe Smoove to a lottery team (thinking spots 5-12) to get C Hasaan Whiteside or C/F Derrick Favors (trading one ATL native for right to draft another … LOL). then move Horford to ‘4′. Try Teague at the PG or use whatever cap room we have after JJ leaves to get a younger starting PG. Marvin keeps his role as starting SF, which hopefully blossoms under the new coach.

What I also forgot to add or include was either using Crawford at starting PG for his last year or trading him (with his expiring contract) for player(s) of value. A trade is contingent on who is interested in Crawfords skill set and liabilities…most likely in a similar capacity as we used him. Problem is …. if J. Crawford and JJ both allowed to leave, our 2 most potent scorers are off to greener pastures…and we are hanicapped for filling the bucket at the G position.

Ted M

May 25th, 2010
11:31 am

Am I the only one who notices that Marvin Williams walks like a cripple? He is always bent slightly forward and to the left as if he has a bad back and he walks with a limp. He walked like this at NC. Why would you draft such a player 2nd over all.

theight

May 25th, 2010
11:34 am

After looking at the games this year CPH had to slowly bring Favors along because Favors actually struggled at the begining with his post moves, ball handling and getting in position for the, plus he wasn’t very physical when the season first began. I think he is going to have the same proplem when he gets in the NBA but he will eventually be a great player. If you look at Al Horford, he had the same problem in his first year in college and the NBA. Also to note, CPH didn’t have much to work with at the pg position. You Tech fans want to continue to criticize CPH about his coaching but you praise him about his recruiting. I would think he is doing a pretty good job with having to play so many freshman players every year because he have so many players leaving early. with that being said, he have to work on preparing his top players for the NBA in less than a year and trying to coach a full teams. I like Favors, but players like him hurt coaches more than the coach hurt them. I want to see what you guys are going to say about this years recruiting class. The recruiting class isn’t going to be as strong so do you expect the team to be better than last years? One way or another, you are going to find a way not to like CPH.

Atlanta Jackets

May 25th, 2010
11:37 am

Robot Roll Call!

(yeah, I called it.)

GTCrazy

May 25th, 2010
11:38 am

I am officially granting the Hawk’s permission to speak with Paul Hewitt.

On the Flats

May 25th, 2010
11:40 am

Crow from MST300

Ted M

May 25th, 2010
12:00 pm

Ga Tech was a veteran team last year not a bunch of freshman.

HawkKingBibby

May 25th, 2010
12:03 pm

Can we trade Smoove and pick 24 to move up high enough to get Cousins or Favors. They dont walk up the court and pout like Smoove do they? Rick Sund plese interview Ty Corbin at least ONCE.

HawkKingBibby

May 25th, 2010
12:05 pm

Your right about the one and done Mark. Im not sure which is more of a black eye on the game, teams like KY recruiting for one season or Duke winning a title only because they’re players all stayed in school long enough to cherry pick a title.

wesleywhatwhat

May 25th, 2010
12:24 pm

is that “hawkkingbibby” clown for real?

please say u were kidding that u have a problem with duke winning a basketball title by playing the game better than any other team.

what a joke. do u WATCH basketball? duke earned that title…

TechFan

May 25th, 2010
12:31 pm

Favor’s should have stayed another year at Tech. He had a good season, but could possibly have a great season next year. He stayed in foul trouble, and doesn’t appear strong enough to guard an NBA center. I wish him luck, but still think he should have stayed one more year.

RAMBLE ON!!!

May 25th, 2010
12:37 pm

Favor definitely needed another year if he wanted to be number one. But who can blame him for taking any position in the lottery.

By the way…

7-zark-7 from Battle of the Planets

GTPhenom

May 25th, 2010
12:38 pm

Old school: C3PO

Older school: Robbie the Robot

New school: The Robot Nesbott

Mark Bradley

May 25th, 2010
12:46 pm

Why should Derrick Favors have stayed another year? He’s going to be a top three pick as is.

Joe's place Joe speaking

May 25th, 2010
12:46 pm

Mark Bradley,
Why don’t you mention the hawks pick in the ” Chad fords mock draft “?

Mark Bradley

May 25th, 2010
12:51 pm

I mentioned it last week, Joe’s place. He has the Hawks taking Damion James of Texas.

Ramblin' Gamblin'

May 25th, 2010
1:10 pm

If the Hawks pass on Favors then I’m never watching them again.

Same goes for the Nesbitt and the Falcons.

We need to support the Institute. It’s the only way these pro teams can actually sell tickets. It doesn’t take a media genius to figure that out.

Decatur Native

May 25th, 2010
1:26 pm

I knew this kid from South Atlanta, helped them to the state title, very humble with a wonderful attitude, I wish him the very best.

On the Flats

May 25th, 2010
1:28 pm

Decatur Native, let me guess… you’re talking about Favors! Right. I knew it when you mentioned South Atlanta.

RAMBLE ON!!!

May 25th, 2010
1:29 pm

Imposter alert. The post at 11:19AM is not me but is probably a mutt fan too embarassed to post under his own name. Pathetic.

Nice article today Mark. You bring out all kinds.

Scoots

May 25th, 2010
1:37 pm

1. Sign Joe Johnson
2. Trade Joe, Marvin, Teague for Iguadolo, #2 pick, and a bench PF
3. Draft Favors

Starting 5: Favors (C), Horford (PF), Josh Smith (SF), Crawford (SG), Iguodalo (PG)
Bench: Bibby, Mo, Pachulia, and backup PF

Scoots

May 25th, 2010
1:59 pm

What say you Mark? Maybe not likely. But at least within the realm of realistic?

Scoots

May 25th, 2010
2:01 pm

Or at least more so than those that think we can acquire both Bosh and D-Wade . .