Heading a bull market: Derrick Favors
Prior to June’s draft, we heard all the lofty comparisons: Derrick Favors, a young big man with Dwight Howard-esque athleticism, combined with the offensive capacity of an Amar’e Stoudemire. The 19 year old Favors has crawled out from the shadows of those towering expectations and done nothing but produce, occasionally.
Consistency has been the knock of the ultra-raw Georgia Tech product who was chosen 3rd overall in last summer’s draft. We’ve seen flashes, glimpses, and sneak peeks at what Favors’ 6’10’’ frame is capable of. A December 14th contest against the frontline of the 76ers was the scene of Favors’ 13 rebound display which was accompanied by 10 points on 3-6 shooting.
The crude athleticism demonstrated against teams like Philadelphia only hint at the unpolished, yet developing, abilities of Favors. Some stability in the statistical columns wouldn’t hurt Favors in the eyes of head coach Avery Johnson, although when compared to his presage Dwight Howard, Favors is right on track developmentally.
At the age of 19, Dwight Howard posted nightly averages of 12 point and 10 rebounds per 32 minutes of play. Favors, has averaged nearly seven points per contest combined with 5.6 rebounds per game while playing an average of only 19 minutes a night. Per 32 minutes, Favors’ rookie season compares favorable to that of his idol Dwight Howard. What’s next for the teenage big man? A word that Avery Johnson knows too well: Consistency.
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