Derrick Favors
Derrick Favors
28-Year-Old ForwardF
New Orleans Pelicans
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Favors was traded to the Pelicans in the offseason after nine seasons with the Jazz. The Pelicans could boast one of the better defensive units in the NBA, and Favors will anchor it with rookie Zion Williamson. Favors has little competition for playing time this season, with Jahlil Okafor and rookie Jaxson Hayes likely backing him up. Despite starting 70 games last season, Favors averaged just 23.2 minutes per game -- a six-year low. He's played the majority of his minutes at power forward, but Favors can play the five, too. He's slated to start at center this season, and an increase in playing time seems like a reasonable expectation. Favors averaged 18.3 points, 11.4 rebounds and 3.3 combined blocks/steals per 36 minutes in 2018-19. He's provided a steady source of rebounds and defense throughout his career, and he's usually good for double-digit points on top of that. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $37.6 million contract with the Jazz in July of 2018. Traded to the Pelicans in July of 2019.
Personal Bio

Derek Bernard Favors was born in 1991 in Atlanta, Georgia. He is the son of Deandra Favors and has an older sister (Tiffany) and a younger brother (Brandon). Favors is also the father of twin daughters. He attended and played basketball at South Atlanta High School. As a senior, he led South Atlanta to the 2009 Georgia Class AAA state championship. For college, Favors stayed home and attended Georgia Tech for one season. After joining the Nets, Favors bought a house for his mom with his first NBA paycheck. While with Jazz in the summer of 2012, Favors took part in the annual Jr. Jazz trip, spending a week on the road holding basketball clinics across four states. Favors was also an ambassador for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Intermountain Area to help raise awareness, garner volunteer support and spearhead fundraising. During the summers of 2014 and 2015, Favors hosted back-to-school clinics for community youth in order to promote education and physical fitness. During both the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons, the veteran big man purchased tickets to home games, enabling local residents from more than 200 different community groups and schools to attend Jazz games. Favors owns a 7-foot-4 wingspan and 9-foot-2 standing reach. He is a comic book enthusiast and attended the 2016 Salt Lake City Comic Con. Fans can follow Favors on Twitter and Instagram (@dfavors14).

College/International Summary

Favors spent one season at Georgia Tech, in 2009-10, under the tutelage of coach Paul Hewitt. With Favors and upperclassmen Gani Lawal and Zach Peacock, the Yellow Jackets had a strong frontcourt trio and were able to get out to a 11-2 start. Favors was second on the team (behind Lawal) with 12.4 points and 8.4 rebounds per game. He also proved to be a defensive menace with 2.1 blocks per contest, which ranked second in the ACC. Conference play proved rougher for the team and the squad went 7-9, but Favors saved his best play for the ACC Tournament. He averaged 17.0 points, 9.8 rebounds and 3.0 blocks as the Yellow Jackets made the tournament final before losing to Duke. That performance pushed the team into the NCAA Tournament where the 6-foot-10 forward had 12 points and nine rebounds in the first round win over Oklahoma State. Georgia Tech then lost to Ohio State in the second round. Favors ended the season as the ACC Rookie of the Year and made the All-ACC Tournament first team. Following his lone season in college, Favors opted for the 2010 draft.

Steady showing since break
FNew Orleans Pelicans
March 23, 2020
Favors averaged 8.2 points, 9.8 rebounds and one assist in nine games following the All-Star break before the season was suspended indefinitely.
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Favors finished in double figures in three of nine games since the break, recording two double-doubles over that stretch. As the team's starting center, he'll consistently see around 25 minutes on a nightly basis once NBA action resumes.
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2018

Favors appeared in 76 games for the Jazz and started 70 times. He averaged 11.8 points, 7.4 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per contest. Favors shot a career-high 58.6 percent from the field. As a result, he ended the season ranked ninth in the NBA in that category. On top of that, he finished 16th in rejections. Favors recorded 14 double-doubles during the regular season. He performed well in March when he averaged 13.7 points and 7.7 rebounds. Favors also shot a robust 64 percent from the field during that month. He scored a season-high 25 points at New Orleans on Mar. 6. The big man would match a career-high with 18 rebounds versus Milwaukee on Mar. 2. And during the first round of the playoffs, Favors collected two double-doubles in five games against the Rockets.

2017

As has been the case throughout his entire seven-plus years with the Jazz, Favors continued to be a useful source of both scoring and rebounding for Utah. He started in 77 games for Utah, proving that the left knee issues that pestered Favors last season were behind him. The 2017-18 campaign marked the fourth time in the past five seasons in which Favors averaged double figures (12.3) in scoring. He also pulled down at least seven rebounds per game (7.2) for the fifth time in the past six seasons. A model of consistency, Favors posted 15 double-doubles including a season-high 25-point, 11-rebound effort in a win over Orlando on Nov. 18. In that game against the Magic, Favors hit 10-of-12 shots from the field in addition to all five of his foul shots. For the season, Favors shot 56.3 percent from the field, a new career-best mark, which also ranked ninth in the NBA. Favors also added new wrinkle to his offensive arsenal this past season. He attempted a career-high 63 threes, connecting at a 22.2 percent clip. The Georgia Tech product also chipped in on the defensive side of the ball. Favors blocked 1.1 blocks per game, which marked the sixth season in his career in which he reached that plateau. Utah finished the year at 48-34, defeated the Thunder in the first round of the playoffs, but was eliminated by the Rockets in the Western Conference Semifinals. Favors started Utah's first nine playoff games and over 11 post-season contests averaged 9.3 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.0 block.

2016

Favors appeared in 50 games (39 starts) for the Jazz in his age-25 season, his seventh in the league. For the second year in a row, however, Favors battled adversity and fought injury issues for parts of 2016-17. A left knee bone contusion forced Favors to miss Opening Night and then 13 straight games from Nov. 17 to Dec. 10. In mid-December, Utah eased Favors back into the lineup via restricted minutes off of the bench. From Dec. 27 to Jan. 26, the 6-foot-10 veteran big started 17 straight games and posted 9.7 points and 6.4 rebounds over 25.6 minutes per game. Favors still wasn't at peak form yet, considering he averaged 32.0 minutes per contest last season. Utah then rested Favors for two games. On Feb. 6, Favors started and posted a season-high 20 points to go with 10 boards, three steals and two blocks in a blowout win at Atlanta. Still, the left knee continued to bother Favors. On March 7, the Jazz decided to make Favors inactive for their next 14 games. He returned in time to appear in three of their final four regular season games. The Jazz finished the year at 51-31 and defeated the Clippers in the first round of the playoffs before being eliminated by the Warriors in the Western Conference Semifinals. Favors played in all 11 of Utah's postseason games, with two starts. The highlight came in a decisive Game 7 win over LA, when Favors came off the bench to double-double via 17 points, 11 rebounds and three assists.

2015

The 2015-16 season was yet another productive year for the 6-foot-10 Favors. He posted a career-high 16.4 points per game while also recording season averages of 8.1 rebounds, 1.5 blocks and a career-best 1.2 steals per contest. On Oct. 30, during the second game of the year, Favors recorded his first double-double of the season with 20 points, 12 boards and three steals in a blowout win at Philadelphia. The veteran big man delivered 19 double-doubles for the season. Favors also grabbed a season-high 16 rebounds on two occasions, including a 12-point, 16-rebound effort during a home win over the Grizzlies on Nov. 7. Five nights later, Favors blocked a career-high seven shots, to go with 25 points and 12 boards, during a one-point loss at Miami. On Dec. 5, Favors scored a career-high 35 points, to go with 13 rebounds, during a close home win over the Pacers. Back issues forced Favors to miss 16 straight games from Dec. 26 to Jan. 22. Remarkably, it was the first significant injury of Favors' six-year career. For the season, Favors shot 51.5 percent from the field, which ranked 15th in NBA. His 1.5 blocks per game were good for 18th in the Association. The Jazz finished the year at 40-42 and did not qualify for the postseason despite Favors' efforts.

2014

Just as he did in 2013-14, Favors started every game in which he appeared for the Utah Jazz. In 2014-15, the 23-year-old started 74 games for the Jazz and averaged a career-high 30.8 minutes per game. On Oct. 30, Favors registered his first double-double of the season with 17 points and 11 rebounds during a loss at Dallas. The 6-foot-10 low-post presence recorded 23 double-doubles for the season. On Nov. 1, the Georgia Tech product scored a career-high 32 points, plus added nine rebounds, two steals and two blocks, during a home win over the Suns. On Nov. 24, Favors grabbed a season-high 15 rebounds, plus posted 17 points, five blocks and three steals, during a home win over the Sixers. Twice Favors swatted a season-best five blocks. That includes a 21-point, 13-rebound, five-block effort on Dec. 5 during a home loss to the Magic. Favors' 123 total blocks for the season ranked 14th in the NBA. For the year, Favors shot a career-best 52.5 percent from the field, which ranked eighth in The Association.

2013

During the 2013-14 season, Favors became a regular starter for the Utah Jazz. After starting 44 of his first 220 games during his first three season in the Association, Favors started all 73 games in which he appeared in 2013-14. The 22-year-old also increased his playing time from 23.2 minutes per game last year to 30.2 this season. The increased floor time led to career-high averages in points (13.3), rebounds (8.7), assists (1.2), blocks (1.5) and steals (1.0) per game. Favors also improved his shooting accuracy as well, as the 6-foot-10 forward increased his field-goal percentage from 48.2 percent last season to 52.2 percent in 2013-14, which was good for 19th in the NBA. Favors also continued to provide quality rim protection as well. His 1.5 blocks per game ranked 14th in the Association. On Nov. 15, Favors grabbed a career-best 18 rebounds, plus added 20 points, three steals and three blocks, during a home loss to the Spurs. On Mar. 16, Favors tallied a career-high 28 points to go with 10 boards and three steals during a loss at San Antonio. Favors led the Jazz in rebounds and blocks per game and registered a career-best 25 double-doubles for the season.

2012

During the 2012-13 season, Favors' third year in The Association, the Atlanta native appeared in 77 games for the Utah Jazz while starting eight times. His per-game numbers improved slightly over the prior season, with the biggest difference being the leap in blocks per game, which went from 1.0 per game the previous season to 1.7 per contest in 2012-13. Favors' 130 total blocks during the regular season ranked 12th in the NBA. On March 4, Favors started and posted a career-best-tying 23 points, a season-high 15 rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block during a one-point loss at Milwaukee. On March 8, Favors came off the bench and generated 11 points, 10 rebounds and a career-best six swats. Favors would again block six shots and double-double on April 5 in a home win over the Hornets. The 6-foot-10 big man had nine double-doubles for the season.

2011

Favors appeared in 65 of 66 games of the lockout-shortened season for the Utah Jazz. The 20-year-old averaged 8.8 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.0 blocks over 21.2 minutes per contest during his sophomore season in The Association. On Dec. 30, the third game of the season, Favors exploded for 20 points, 11 boards and one block during a home win over the 76ers. The game marked the first of 13 double-doubles for Favors and was one of his nine starts during the season. On March 17, the 6-foot-10 forward posted a career-high 23 points and a career-best 17 rebounds over 34 minutes in a seven-point home win over the Warriors. Twice Favors blocked a career-high five shots, including during a 13-point, 11-rebound, five-block effort on Apr. 24 in a win over the Suns. Utah finished the regular season at 36-30 and lost to the Spurs in four games during the first round of the playoffs. Favors came off the bench for the first three games of the series, but started the decisive Game 4. During that start, Favors double-doubled with 16 points, 10 rebounds, two steals and two blocks over 37 minutes. The series versus San Antonio was Favors' first career NBA playoff action. Over the four postseason games, Favors averaged 11.8 points, 9.5 rebounds, 1.5 blocks and 1.3 steals with two double-doubles.

2010

Favors was drafted with the third overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft by the New Jersey Nets. The 19-year-old made his NBA debut on opening night, Oct. 27, and delivered eight points and 10 rebounds in a home win over the Pistons. On the third night of the season, Oct. 31, Favors registered his first career double-double with 13 points and 13 rebounds in a home loss to the Heat. He had four double-doubles for the season. On Jan. 5, Favors received his first career NBA start and posted seven points and five rebounds in just nine minutes during a home win over the Bulls. That started a streak of 23 straight games with the 6-foot-10 rookie in the Nets' starting lineup. Things changed on Feb. 23, however, as Favors was traded with Devin Harris and two first-round picks to the Utah Jazz for star point guard Deron Williams. With Utah, Favors appeared in 22 games (four starts) and averaged 20.2 minutes per contest, similar minutes to what he received in New Jersey. On Mar. 7 with the Jazz, Favors scored a season-high 16 points, and added eight boards, during a loss at New York. On Apr. 9, the rookie generated a new season-high of 17 points, plus five boards, two assists, one steal and one block during a loss at San Antonio. For the season, Favors tallied per-game averages of 6.8 points, 5.3 rebounds and 0.9 blocks per contest while shooting 51.7 from the field. He appeared in 78 total games made the 2010-11 All-Rookie Second Team. Favors led all rookies in blocks per game.

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Transaction History
  • June 24, 2010
    Drafted by the New Jersey Nets in the 1st round (3rd pick) of the 2010 NBA Draft and signed a rookie contract shortly thereafter.
  • February 23, 2011
    Traded by the New Jersey Nets with Devin Harris, cash, a 2011 1st round draft pick and a 2013 1st round draft pick to the Utah Jazz for Deron Williams.
  • October 1, 2013
    Signed a four-year contract extension with the Utah Jazz.
  • July 6, 2018
    Signed a 2-year deal as a free agent with the Utah Jazz.
  • July 7, 2019
    Traded by the Utah Jazz to the New Orleans Pelicans for a 2021 2nd round draft pick and a 2023 2nd round draft pick.
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Despite some questions about the big man's durability and fit next to Rudy Gobert, Favors re-upped with the Jazz this summer on a two-year, $36 million contract. Since he became a full-time starter in 2013-14, Favors is averaging 67.2 games played per season. That's caused him to slip down draft boards year after year despite quality production when he's on the court. Last season, the 27-year-old recorded 12.3 points, 7.2 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.1 blocks per game on 56.3 percent shooting. Favors was also able to record 15 double-doubles and nine games with at least three blocks. While he's still relatively young, it doesn't seem likely Favors will take another statistical leap -- especially considering the Jazz play at one of the slowest paces in the league and Donovan Mitchell sucks up nearly 30 percent of the team's usage. However, optimists can point to Favors' increased three-point attempts as a possible new wrinkle in his game. He took a career-high 63 threes last season, though he only made them at a 22.2 percent clip. That said, he managed to hit a career-high 39.1 percent of his looks from 16 feet to the three-point line, suggesting his overall range is improving. Whether or not he's able to efficiently integrate the deep ball into his game this season will probably remain unknown until the preseason at the earliest.
Favors participated in just 50 games during the 2016-17 campaign while dealing with a left knee bruise for the majority of the season. As a result, he also saw a smaller workload than we’re typically used to from the 26-year-old, averaging just 23.7 minutes per game. In those minutes, Favors recorded 9.5 points, 6.1 rebounds and 1.1 assists while shooting 48.7 percent from the field, making him Fantasy irrelevant in relatively shallow leagues. He did show flashes of his usual self, however, recording six double-doubles in his limited action. The 6-foot-10 power forward/center also played well when he saw extended run, averaging 14.0 points and 8.1 rebounds while shooting 53.8 percent from the field across the seven games where he saw at least 30 minutes. Things are looking up for Favors’ Fantasy value heading into the upcoming season. The departures of Gordon Hayward and George Hill have created an offensive vacuum on the Jazz and, assuming Favors can remain healthy, he should be in prime position to take advantage. Considering he averaged over 16 points and 8 rebounds per game during the two seasons before last, it seems possible he could creep up to those levels once again. For that reason, Favors could be a nice sleeper pick in many drafts if he slides down the board.
Favors was able to establish a new career high by averaging 16.4 points per game and supplementing it with 8.1 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.5 blocks and 1.2 steals per contest, but those achievements may have been overlooked since he appeared in only 62 games. The power forward succumbed to back spasms in late December that lingered for a month, casting a blight on an otherwise stellar season. Since fellow frontcourt starter Rudy Gobert’s offensive repertoire is mainly limited to finishing lobs and putbacks, Favors is the Jazz’s top option in post-up situations and as a finisher on the pick-and-roll. He excels at using his immense athleticism to convert on his shot opportunities, hitting better than 51 percent of his attempts in each of the last three seasons. On the defensive end, he’s been able to maintain his shot-blocking prowess while avoiding the ticky-tack fouls that plagued him earlier in his career, as he hasn’t been disqualified from any contest in the last two years.Though Favors has been around the league for a while, he’s still just 25 years old heading into the upcoming campaign, so it’s possible he still has another level he can reach. For that reason, it might be worthwhile to target Favors in the earlier rounds of drafts, as a bigger breakout could be on the horizon if the back problems don’t resurface.
Favors is entering his sixth year in the NBA after finishing up last season with arguably his best campaign of basketball for the Jazz. While averaging 31 minutes on 74 appearances, Favors accrued 16.0 points, 8.2 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 0.8 steals, and 1.7 blocks per game under the direction of first-year coach Quin Snyder. The latter portion of the season was spent teamed up with Rudy Gobert in the frontcourt, and the two combined to form one of the most imposing rim-protecting duos in the league. This coming season shouldn't be any different as Favors seems to be in line for his third-straight season of averaging more than 30 minutes while also providing at least 13 points, eight rebounds, one assist, and one and a half blocked shots. Additionally, he only had seven games where he committed at least five fouls but showed discipline in each of those contests since he never fouled out of a single contest last season. Favors' consistency makes him a viable pick in the early goings of standard drafts, but there's also little room for improvement which will likely keep him right around the fourth to fifth round range.
Derrick Favors is entering his fifth season in the NBA. The pride of Georgia Tech is coming off his best season in the league, as he averaged 13.3 points, 8.7 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 1.0 steal, and 1.5 blocks in 30 minutes per game last season. Despite dealing with some hip issues, the 23-year-old played and started in 73 games last season as one of Utah's most influential players. With the addition of new head coach Quin Snyder, Favors will likely start at center alongside Enes Kanter at power forward, although Favors will see time playing both positions. The early reports at the philosophy Snyder will have on offense is to surround these two big men with shooters, which may allow Favors to improve on his 1.2 assists per game from last season. On the other end of the court, Favors will remain as the defensive backbone for the Jazz and will have many opportunities to showcase his shot-blocking ability. Since moving into a starting role last season following the departures of Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap in the 2013 offseason, Favors shot an impressive 52 percent from the field. However, he proved to be somewhat of a liability at the free-throw line by finishing the season at 67 percent.
With ex-teammates Paul Millsap and Al Jefferson leaving the Jazz, Favors will finally get a chance to shine. After being selected by the Nets with the third overall pick in the 2010 draft, Favors has yet to reach his breakout season. Over the last year, he averaged 9.4 points (48 percent from the field, 69 percent from the line), 7.1 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 0.9 steals and 1.7 blocks in 23 minutes per game off the bench. His ability to produce both steals and blocks from the power forward position gives him a competitive advantage over others. Now being a top option in the Jazz lineup, Favors has the opportunity to have his breakout season. With young players teeming at the helm of each position, the Jazz are likely to experiment with different offensive strategies, which can only be beneficial for Favors. Expecting 30-plus minutes from the talented forward is not unreasonable at this point. If Favors can remain healthy for the year, he may be up for a true breakout year.
Favors will once again have an opportunity to challenge for a starting role this season. Paul Millsap has been clogging up his development in Utah, but the Jazz remain committed to making Favors a larger part of their game plan. In nine games as a starter in 2011-12, Favors averaged 12.2 points and 9.3 rebounds per game. He may be second fiddle to Millsap once again, but this coming season will probably be Millsap’s last in Utah. Millsap is a trade candidate, and if he departs before the season ends, Favors would step into the starting power forward spot. Utah is looking toward the summer of 2013 when they’ll have lots of salary freed up. Both Al Jefferson and Millsap will be off the books. That’s when Favors’ value really kicks in. Whether Favors will be of use early in the season will depend on how the team decides to structure their rotation during training camp. They traded for Marvin Williams, and he’ll likely start at small forward. But there’s a chance the team could take a longer look at playing Millsap at small forward and running out a big lineup of Millsap, Favors, and Jefferson. They experimented with the lineup some last season. Overall, Favors is a great sleeper candidate, but the roadblocks he’ll have to overcome make it hard to invest in him too early.
Along with Devin Harris, Favors was the other part in the blockbuster trade that sent Deron Williams packing. He is a young (20) and athletic power forward who got some extra playing time toward the end of last year and boosted his averages to 8.2 points and 5.2 rebounds a game. He is likely to be the first forward off the bench for the Jazz and could show some impressive numbers for a reserve player this season.
The 6-10 Favors averaged 12.4 points, 8.4 rebounds, 0.9 steals and 2.1 blocks as a freshman at Georgia Tech last season. He’s an offensive rebounding machine and an excellent finisher around the basket. Favors also lacked genuine playmakers at GT to get him the rock, so having former All-Star Devin Harris will benefit his offensive numbers. On the downside, Favors is fairly turnover-prone, and his biggest test will be his ability to hit a mid-range shot with consistency. He’ll also have healthy competition for minutes, with Joe Smith and Troy Murphy also vying for time.
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Plays 32 minutes in loss
FNew Orleans Pelicans
March 4, 2020
Favors tallied 10 points (5-8 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 0-2 FT), 14 rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block in 32 minutes during Wednesday's 127-123 loss to the Mavericks.
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Double-doubles in defeat
FNew Orleans Pelicans
March 1, 2020
Favors contributed 12 points (5-12 FG, 2-2 FT), 14 rebounds, one steal and one block in 27 minutes during Sunday's loss to the Lakers.
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Hauls in 15 boards Friday
FNew Orleans Pelicans
February 28, 2020
Favors finished with five points (2-4 FG, 1-2 FT), 15 rebounds, three assists, two blocks and one steal in 24 minutes during Friday's 116-104 victory over Cleveland.
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Limited production continues
FNew Orleans Pelicans
February 24, 2020
Favors ended with just six points (3-4 FG, 0-1 FT), 11 rebounds, one assist and one block in 24 minutes during Sunday's 115-101 victory over the Warriors.
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Scores eight in 20 minutes
FNew Orleans Pelicans
February 13, 2020
Favors had eight points (4-8 FG), nine rebounds and two assists in 20 minutes during Thursday's 123-118 loss to the Thunder.
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