When the New Jersey Nets visited Utah in November, coach Avery Johnson praised rookie Derrick Favors as a player with cornerstone-type potential. The Jazz certainly hope so. Utah acquired Favors in Wednesday's blockbuster Deron Williams trade with New Jersey. Although the Jazz also received Devin Harris, two future first-round draft picks and $3 million in cash, they likely pulled the trigger because of New Jersey's willingness to include Favors. The No. 3 pick in last summer's draft, Favors is a 6-foot-10, 246-pound power forward who averaged 6.3 points and 5.3 rebounds in 56 games this season. He turns 20 in July. "He's solid - still learning, high basketball IQ," Johnson said three months ago. "We like his physicality [and] his athleticism for a true 19-year-old player. "We think he's going to be able to be multi-dimensional offensively. Jump hooks with both hands. He can turn and face. And, like I've been saying all along, imagine him in two years - 10 pounds heavier."
Jazz add former lottery picks in Harris, Favors
Salt Lake Tribune | Feb 24