Deron Williams Nets Trade: What's So Special About Derrick Favors?

Jim MancariCorrespondent IFebruary 23, 2011

Deron Williams Nets Trade: What's So Special About Derrick Favors?

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    The New Jersey Nets have sent Devin Harris and Derrick Favors to the Utah Jazz for All-Star point guard Deron Williams.

    While Harris is an exciting point guard and could have an immediate impact, Favors is just in his first NBA season.

    He was the third overall selection in last year's draft, but has had an inconsistent start to his NBA career.

    Early in the season, Favors was mostly coming off the bench due to power forward Kris Humphries' electric play.

    However, Favors earned his chance to start, and he will now look for his career to blossom in Utah.

    So what's so special about Derrick Favors? Here are five reasons why he'll be a good fit for the Jazz.

5. Youth

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    Favors is currently the youngest player in the NBA at 19-years old, and he has already shown signs of being a productive player.

    After losing out on Carmelo Anthony, The Nets were in a situation which they had to bring in a top-tier player.

    It's unfortunate that New Jersey had to part ways with such a young talent, but Deron Williams is a proven NBA player.

    Favors will have a chance to develop in Utah to reach his full potential.

4. Work Ethic

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    Even as a youngster, Favors has shown an impeccable work ethic.

    He started the year on the bench, but he impressed Nets head coach Avery Johnson so much that Johnson had to get him into the starting lineup.

    Day in and day out, Favors proved to Johnson that he can be a starter.

    Over the last few weeks, Favors has been working on a mid-range jumper to add to his repertoire. He has mostly been a scorer in the paint, but if he can perfect an outside shot, he will be dangerous.

3. Rebounding and Shot Blocking

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    Though his stats suggest that he hasn't thrived in either category, it's been the energy he brings with his rebounding and blocked shots that have left an impact.

    He's averaging 5.3 rebounds and 0.7 blocks per game.

    Those numbers should improve with consistent playing time and the ability to learn through his mistakes.

    Both of these stats require good size, and Favors certainly fits the bill.

2. Aggressiveness

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    The young power forward isn't afraid to get dirty.

    He can take a charge and will throw his body around to help the team.

    Favors is sometimes so aggressive that it gets him into foul trouble early. In some games this season, Avery Johnson has had to limit Favors' minutes due to fouls.

    If he stays within himself and uses his aggressiveness in a smart manner, he will be a force to be reckoned with in the Western Conference.

1. Potential

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    As the first slide mentions, Favors is the youngest player in the NBA.

    Though the Nets could have went a different route with the No. 3 pick, they chose Favors based on his potential.

    He has great size and an aggressive style of play.

    Once he was named a starter, he began to hone his skills into becoming a complete player. Sure, there were some bumps along the road, but now Favors will have the chance to start fresh in Utah.

    Luckily for Favors, the Western Conference is unfamiliar with him, so he can use his tools immediately to establish himself as an impact player.

    Best of luck to Derrick as he embarks on a new opportunity.