With the 3rd pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, the New Jersey Nets select F Derrick Favors.
The aim of this pick was to give the Nets an explosive frontcourt duo of Favors and Lopez. Having two strong big men to operate inside is going to make life a lot easier for the Nets and help them improve on that dreadful 12-70 record after the 09-10 season.
Strengths: Explosive athlete with unique combination of power and quickness ... Possesses an extraordinary wingspan, with Georgia Tech official website claiming a 9-1 standing reach ... Tremendous leaping ability ... Frequent target of the alley-oop pass and seemingly nothing is out of reach. Soft hands allow him to corral passes most bigs would muff ... Runs the floor like a gazelle showing great speed from baseline to baseline ... Finishes with power around the rim - a dunking machine ... Has made dramatic advancements in his post game repertoire and footwork ... Features a drop step into the lane for a mini right hook and quick spins to either side of the floor ... Cat quick in the post. Displays a deft touch with his left hand around the basket, almost inclined to use his off hand ... Has a nice looking stroke out to 12-15 feet, but does not appear overly comfortable ... Appears relaxed at the free throw line shooting 73% early on ... An absolute vacuum on both the offensive and defensive backboards. Averaging 8.3 rebounds through his first seven collegiate games in 24 minutes of action (4.4 def and 3.9 off) ... A shot blocking menace (5 per game as a HS senior and 2 per game early this season) ... Alters countless other attempts ... His mere presence makes opponents think twice before driving inside ... Not a boastful personality, but rather allows his game to do the talking ... Excellent student and quick learner.
Weaknesses: Has done a good job adding bulk to his frame, but needs to continue to get stronger ... Needs to increase trajectory on his jumper and increasing his range would be beneficial ... Ball handling is decent for a big, but must be improved to augment his face up game ... Continued advancement of his footwork and comfort level in the post ... Seems to predetermine moves rather than reacting to the defense ... Does not handle double teams well ... Needs to slow the game down and not panic ... Not a great passer out of the post. Has relied heavily on his athletic gifts up to this stage against inferior competition ... Needs to work harder and understand court positioning ... Can be lazy at times defensively and on the boards depending on his length and leaping ability ... Stands too upright and his lateral movement is sloppy ... His conditioning has been questioned, often tiring in the latter stages of games.
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