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Favors VS. 2010 Draft Class Rivals

Happy Friday my Fellow Dunkers!

This is the 3rd post of my youth development series. You can find the overview of our youth's situations thus far here and Hayward VS. his draft class rivals here. Today's post will be focusing on Derrick Favors.

Background:

Derrick Favors was drafted 3rd overall by the New Jersey Nets out of Georgia Tech. He wasn't a flashy player in college, however he showed flashes of being an uber-athlete as well as having his head on his shoulders unlike other big men in his class (*cough *cough DeMarcus Cousins). For these reasons Favors was the highest rated big man in his draft class.

While we didn't draft Favors, we did trade our franchise player of the time Deron Williams to the Nets for Favors halfway through his rookie season in addition to the pick that became Enes Kanter, as well as Devin Harris who was traded for Marvin Williams, one of the two picks that we traded for Trey Burke, and $3 million cash on top of that. Bag on Deron all you want now, but at least he netted us a heck of a trade package.

Without further adieu, let's compare Favors to other big men from his draft class to see how he has fared thus far!

2011 Frontcourt Rookies:

Player

G

GS

MP

FGA

FG%

3P%

2P%

FT%

TRB

AST

STL

BLK

TOV

PF

PTS

USG%

ORtg

DRtg

WS/48

D. Favors

78

27

19.7

5.3

0.517

0.000

0.517

0.595

5.3

0.5

0.4

0.9

1.0

3.2

6.8

17.1

108

108

0.091

D. Cousins

81

62

28.5

12.4

0.430

0.167

0.435

0.687

8.6

2.5

1.0

0.8

3.3

4.1

14.1

27.2

94

105

0.022

E. Udoh

58

18

17.8

3.8

0.437

0.000

0.437

0.656

3.1

0.7

0.4

1.5

0.8

2.5

4.1

12.8

98

110

0.032

G. Monroe

80

48

27.8

6.9

0.551

0.000

0.552

0.622

7.5

1.3

1.2

0.6

1.0

2.5

9.4

15.4

120

109

0.143

E. Davis

65

17

24.6

5.7

0.576

0.000

0.576

0.555

7.1

0.6

0.6

1

0.7

2.8

7.7

13.3

120

110

0.119

P. Patterson

52

6

16.7

5.1

0.558

0.000

0.562

0.714

3.8

0.8

0.3

0.7

0.6

1.5

6.3

16.1

118

109

0.134

L. Sanders

60

12

14.5

4.5

0.433

0.000

0.433

0.560

3.0

0.3

0.4

1.2

0.6

2.0

4.3

17.6

91

99

0.057

I included lottery big men for the most part. I included Larry Sanders (who was drafted 15th) and excluded Cole Aldrich (drafted 11th) because he honestly should have been a 2nd round pick. Let's analyze this table a little bit. It looks as if from the get go that Cousins got much higher usage than Favors (27% to 17%) however, his field goal % was terrible for a big man, and his advanced stats show how he is severely overrated by many.

I would say that overall Greg Monroe looked like the best big man overall after their rookie years, with Favors and Cousins right behind him. I wanted the Jazz to draft Monroe instead of Hayward going in, but Detroit picked him up 2 spots before our turn, so we ended up with the precious. I'll always wonder why Ekpe Udoh got drafted before Monroe.

Alright, time for their sophomore seasons.

2012 Frontcourt Sophomores:

Player

G

GS

MP

FGA

FG%

3P%

2P%

FT%

TRB

AST

STL

BLK

TOV

PF

PTS

USG%

ORtg

DRtg

WS/48

D. Favors

65

9

21.2

6.8

0.499

0.000

0.499

0.649

6.5

0.7

0.6

1.0

1.6

2.2

8.8

20.7

104

103

0.105

D. Cousins

64

62

30.5

15.6

0.448

0.143

0.453

0.702

11.0

1.6

1.5

1.2

2.7

4

18.1

29.7

102

104

0.104

E. Udoh

61

11

21.1

4.8

0.431

0.000

0.433

0.754

4.2

0.9

0.7

1.7

0.9

2.9

5.6

14

104

105

0.077

G. Monroe

66

66

31.5

11.8

0.521

0.000

0.522

0.739

9.7

2.3

1.3

0.7

2.4

2.7

15.4

23.6

110

102

0.161

E. Davis

66

9

23.2

5.1

0.513

0.000

0.515

0.670

6.6

0.9

0.6

1.0

1.0

2.4

6.3

13.8

108

101

0.121

P. Patterson

64

1

23.2

8.0

0.440

0.000

0.443

0.702

4.5

0.8

0.4

0.6

0.8

1.8

7.7

17.9

99

107

0.052

L. Sanders

52

0

12.4

3.5

0.457

0.000

0.462

0.474

3.1

0.6

0.6

1.5

0.8

2.6

3.6

16.7

92

97

0.072

This was the shortened lockout season to explain for the lower amount of games across the board. This year, Cousins' role expanded even more and he started to improve more areas of his game (besides attitude). I would still take Greg Monroe's play out of all of these big men in their 2nd years as well.

Favors was still playing behind Millsap and Big Al, I believe this season is when he realized that since he wasn't a top option on offense, that he should start working more on focusing on his defensive game. I can see that Larry Sanders could be considered a defensive force starting at this point, but his offense is just so nonexistent that it keeps him from being elite. Udoh, Davis, and Patterson not doing much to stand out either.

2013 Frontcourt Juniors:

Player

G

GS

MP

FGA

FG%

3P%

2P%

FT%

TRB

AST

STL

BLK

TOV

PF

PTS

USG%

ORtg

DRtg

WS/48

D. Favors

77

8

23.2

7.4

0.482

0.000

0.487

0.688

7.1

1

0.9

1.7

1.7

3.2

9.4

20.6

104

101

0.117

D. Cousins

75

74

30.5

13.8

0.465

0.182

0.471

0.738

9.9

2.7

1.4

0.7

3.0

3.6

17.1

28.1

102

106

0.092

E. Udoh

76

9

17.3

3.5

0.435

0.000

0.437

0.748

3.3

0.6

0.5

1.1

0.6

1.8

4.3

12.1

109

105

0.098

G. Monroe

81

81

33.2

13.1

0.486

0.000

0.488

0.689

9.6

3.5

1.3

0.7

2.9

2.3

16.0

24.8

104

105

0.105

E. Davis

81

28

20.1

6

0.539

0.000

0.539

0.617

5.7

0.8

0.5

1

0.8

2.4

7.7

17.6

114

102

0.159

P. Patterson

71

41

25.0

8.8

0.512

0.386

0.546

0.762

4.7

1.1

0.4

0.6

0.9

1.9

10.4

17.6

114

110

0.111

L. Sanders

71

55

27.3

8.5

0.506

0.000

0.507

0.618

9.5

1.2

0.7

2.8

1.2

3.3

9.8

16.9

109

99

0.149

This season Sanders began starting and gained an expanded role and slightly outperformed Favors but on a significantly worse team and with less competition for playing time.

Favors continued to improve very slowly, but surely.

Cousins continued to be a high usage, low efficiency big man on offense, and also an above average rebounder.

Greg Monroe remains my personal favorite for big men this year, but with slight regression and much less of a lead over Cousins, Favors, and Sanders. Udoh remains fairly irrelevant.

Now for this season!

2014 Frontcourt Seniors:

Player

G

GS

MP

FGA

FG%

3P%

2P%

FT%

TRB

AST

STL

BLK

TOV

PF

PTS

USG%

ORtg

DRtg

WS/48

D. Favors

42

42

31.3

10.6

0.512

0.000

0.514

0.673

9.3

1.1

1

1.3

1.9

3.2

13.5

20.6

106

105

0.106

D. Cousins

46

46

32.5

16.6

0.483

0.000

0.487

0.722

11.7

2.9

1.6

1.2

3.4

3.8

22.5

32.6

107

102

0.169

E. Udoh

34

14

20.6

3.6

0.402

0.402

0.644

3.9

0.8

0.4

1.1

1.0

2.4

3.7

11.5

92

109

0.009

G. Monroe

52

52

31.8

11.2

0.519

0.519

0.64

8.7

2.1

1

0.4

2.2

2.4

14.3

20.5

108

107

0.112

E. Davis

45

3

16.7

5.2

0.536

0.536

0.542

4.5

0.5

0.3

0.7

0.6

1.9

6.4

18.1

111

103

0.136

P. Patterson

48

8

23.5

7.9

0.475

0.354

0.516

0.721

5.3

1.1

0.8

0.4

1.0

2.3

9.1

17.9

111

105

0.126

L. Sanders

23

20

25.4

7

0.469

0.000

0.472

0.473

7.2

0.8

0.8

1.7

1.1

3.2

7.7

16.5

99

105

0.064

I think at this point of their careers it is easy to separate these big men into 2 groups, the haves and have-nots. The haves would include Monroe, Favors, Cousins, and Sanders. The have-nots would include: Udoh, Davis, Patterson (and Aldrich). The have-nots may not all be terrible but you probably are not going to get anywhere with them starting for you. Heck, none of the haves have even won a single playoff game yet.

I must reluctantly admit that this season Cousins has stood heads and shoulders above all of the other big men from this draft class, but his team still is not performing well (neither are any of the other haves' teams either though).

Sanders hasn't matched his previous season's performance yet, probably due to injury issues. Monroe has also regressed probably due to Drummond starting to absorb some of his shot attempts.

Favors has come into his own as a solid offensive option and starter in Big Al/Millsap's departure. He has upped his rebounding skills as well and is flirting with a double-double average. Only downside I see is his decline in blocks, but this is probably due to him having to avoid foul trouble.

Overview:

Currently I don't think any of these players should be considered franchise players (unlike Wall and George in the backcourt from this draft class). This is how I currently rank the big men:

Quality Starters:

1. Demarcus Cousins

2. Greg Monroe

3. Derrick Favors

4. Larry Sanders

Rotation Players:

5. Patrick Patterson

6. Ed Davis

Fringe NBA players

7. Ekpe Udoh

8. Cole Aldrich

I didn't analyze any 2nd rounders today but since I won't be doing Jeremy Evans' own post here is a bonus for you today:

Player

G

GS

MP

FGA

FG%

3P%

2P%

FT%

TRB

AST

STL

BLK

TOV

PF

PTS

USG%

ORtg

DRtg

WS/48

J. Evans

49

3

9.4

2.3

0.661

0.000

0.667

0.703

2

0.5

0.3

0.3

0.4

1

3.6

14.9

128

109

0.167

J. Evans

29

0

7.5

1.4

0.643

0.000

0.659

0.5

1.7

0.4

0.2

0.8

0.2

0.8

2.1

11.2

131

101

0.193

J. Evans

37

0

5.8

1.2

0.614

0.000

0.628

0.636

1.6

0.3

0.2

0.4

0.2

0.8

2

14.1

130

104

0.208

J. Evans

37

3

19.1

5.9

0.544

0.000

0.549

0.68

5.2

0.8

0.6

0.7

0.5

2.2

7.3

16.6

121

107

0.158

The Anomaly Abides.

I would probably rank Evans as 5th or 6th in my above rankings as I think he has grown into quite the effective role player this year, maintaining effectiveness while more than tripling his scoring and rebounding averages.

Out of all the players, Greg Monroe is probably the only player that may have benefited us more during the previous 4 seasons. However, looking at Favors development I would take Favors for the next 4 seasons over anybody else currently. I avoid Cousins due to his attitude problems, but if he was more sane I would consider taking him as well.

In regards to his development, Favors had a fairly unique situation of being a 3rd overall pick playing on a team where there were two arguably better big men on the team even into his 3rd season (Kanter disagrees with this situation being unique). This may have hurt his development, or on the flip-side this may have been a suitable method of easing him into being a solid starting big man of the future for this team while keeping him healthy. Favors appears to be doing quite well this year as an anchoring big man in the middle and has kept out of foul trouble for the increased role where no big man from his draft class has played more than 2 MPG more than him. Let me know your stance on this situation.

With all things considered (Big Al/Millsap in previous years) how do you think Favors has been developed so far by the Utah Jazz as well as trading for him?

Thanks for reading, and stay tuned for next week's edition which will focus on kindred big man Kanter

All comments are the opinion of the commenter and not necessarily that of SLC Dunk or SB Nation.

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