Derrick Favors impressed during his 2010 NBA Summer League finale Friday. Favors is playing for the New Jersey Nets in the 2010 NBA Summer League at Orlando, and played in the fifth game for the Nets this week.
During the week, Favors has been slowly improving against the NBA competition, and, on Friday ,came away with a huge game against the Boston Celtics. Favors went 10 for 17 from the field for 23 points, including a dunk that is worthy of being in the top 10 plays of the week on Sports Center. The play by Favors definitely has to give this team high hopes of what he could possibly do in the 2010-11 NBA season and beyond.
The New Jersey Nets agonized over selecting Derrick Favors out of Georgia Tech in the 2010 NBA Draft, especially with several other power forwards who seemed pretty good in practice sessions with them. One of those players was DeMarcus Cousins out of Kentucky, who could be a star in his own right during the 2010-11 NBA season.
On Friday, though, Favors showed the flair that made him the top-rated power forward, and it had to make the Nets front office extremely happy about going with Favors. Now, with Favors and Brook Lopez on the court at the same time, it looks like the Nets are going to have a pretty strong front court to try to make it back to the 2011 NBA Playoffs.
Playing in the NBA Summer Leagues is a pretty tough commitment for any player, especially someone just coming out of college. The work load is just about doubled, with practices and games everyday and no rest in between for anyone on the roster. From Monday through Friday, Favors had to go through a practice and a game each day, and it is clear that not only is his stamina getting better on the court, but that he could prove to be very valuable during a grueling NBA schedule.
The Nets finished 3-2 in their five games at the 2010 NBA Summer League in Orlando, with both Favors and point guard Terrence Williams having great finishes. Williams finished Thursday night against the Jazz with 23 points, and could also help the Nets with his great development since the end of the 2009-10 NBA season.
The Nets seem to have the type of roster that could become a dark horse in the Eastern Conference next season, especially with most of the attention set to focus on Miami, Boston, and Orlando. Don’t sleep on these young Nets, who seem like they just need to get a couple veterans on the squad to help the young players, and could really be looking at a run in a couple seasons.