Tag:Derrick Favors
Posted on: November 4, 2010 2:08 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 8:27 pm

Troy Murphy returns for Nets after back injury

Forward Troy Murphy returns from injury to make his debut for the New Jersey Nets. Posted by Ben Gollivertroy-murphy Nets veteran power forward Troy Murphy, acquired in a summer trade with the Indiana Pacers, finally played his first game for New Jersey Wednesday night, after dealing with a back injury throughout the preseason. The Star-Ledger reports that the season debut wasn't anything to write home about for Murphy, who is originally from the Garden State.
Murphy, a Sparta native and Delbarton School graduate, played 18 minutes in the game, 12 in the first half, and finished with two points, on 1-of-3 shooting. He also had two rebounds, a blocked shot and two personal fouls in his first game since coming home to the Nets from Indiana in a four-team trade which sent Courtney Lee to Houston.
“I felt okay,” Murphy said. “It was great to be out there.”
He said his conditioning was okay, but his timing was off from not having played with his Nets teammates. [Nets coach Avery] Johnson said he will continue to limit Murphy’s minutes until he gets into better game shape.
The big question facing Johnson involves how to work Murphy, a versatile scorer who is accustomed to big minutes and lots of touches, back into his lineup without infringing upon the development of rookie power forward Derrick Favors, who was impressive in Murphy's absence.  Favors, the Nets' first round draft pick who went one-and-done out of Georgia Tech, was widely regarded as a project entering this season because of his youth. Yet, through his first four NBA games Favors is averaging 10.5 points and 9.5 rebounds in 22 minutes a game, astounding per-minute production. ESPN.com reports that Johnson is making Favors' development his top priority.
Regardless of whether it happens against Charlotte or not, Johnson made it clear that Murphy's return will not cut into Derrick Favors' playing time.  "This whole year is about Favors growing as an NBA player. So his minutes won't be affected," Johnson said. 
Given that Murphy is in the final year of his contract and Favors is the future, it's a no-brainer.
Posted on: October 15, 2010 11:59 am

MeloDrama Update: Clippers are a no-go

Melo still looking for trade, but not to Clippers, because they are the Clippers.
Posted by Matt Moore

Hidden beneath the glossy veneer of Carmelo Anthony's 30-point, 14 rebound performance last night is the fact that the situation regarding Carmelo's trade request still looms over the team. And recent reports suggest the problem is getting worse, not better, despite Melo dropping bombs on the floor.

The Denver Post today reports of a source confirming much of what KB let us in on last week : Melo still wants out, still wants the Knicks (which isn't happening), won't take a trade to the Sixers, and the Bulls deal won't be happening if the Bulls won't give up Joakim Noah (which they won't).
The interesting takeaway from the Post is that Melo won't agree to a trade to the Clippers.

Just to put this in perspective, the superstar who is specifically looking for a trade to a major market to expand his brand refuses to be traded to the NBA's second biggest market, to play alongside Blake Griffin, Eric Gordon, and Baron Davis. There are a lot of reasons, but the biggest rhymes with Stonald Derling.

So while the Clippers are off the table along with the Sixers, Kings, Wolves, and pretty much every other small market team, the Nets keep hanging around, dangling Derrick Favors in all his glorious "might take five years to drag something productive out of him" glory. For whatever reason, the Post's source thinks the Nuggets want Favors. Seems kind of risky to hinge trading your superstar on that kid, but hey. He's supposed to be the next Tim Duncan, or whatever.

Meanwhile, the situation continues to drag on, as Denver tries to figure out what it wants that Melo will agree to. Melo's still dropping huge numbers, so there's not much pressure on them. The question is just who will cave first to the other's requirements.
Posted on: October 8, 2010 10:10 am

Shootaround 10.8.10: Denver scouting Favors?

Posted by Royce Young
  • Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel: "I watched in open-mouth amazement after Thursday's practice as Howard drained bank-shot after bank-shot, then made some turnaround jumpers. He worked for about 20 minutes with assistant coach Patrick Ewing and center Daniel Orton, catching and shooting. I'm not crazy about his turnaround J. But anything that doesn't make him as predictable as he has been in the crowded paint and draws in defenders can't be all bad."
  • Jeff Pendergraph had a pretty nasty injury last night and today he tweets: "Thanks for the well wishes everyone. Gonna b heading back to Portland tomorrow to get checked out by doc but so far word is nothing major... Keep praying y'all. We will get through this. God doesn't put you through anything he knows you can't handle."
  • Blazersedge looks at Portland's options: "Another option would be to grant Rudy Fernandez's release request, which Cho has repeatedly said he will not do.  He could also release another player. Rookie Armon Johnson, picked in the second round and earning just $473,604 this season, would be the cheapest player to release, but this would be extremely unlikely to happen given how high the team's brass is on Johnson's future and how well he has looked during training camp."
  • Larry Brown on OKC: "I look at him and some of our young guys in the NBA and I think our league's in pretty good shape," Brown started. "And this team (the Thunder) probably is a testimony to that. Look at their young kids. Their not only terrific talents, they're better kids. They've done the greatest job of bringing in good kids that represent the league well. When they're talking about respect for the game, that team's a poster child for that. So the West better watch out."
  • Brian Robb of CelticsHub: "Luke Harangody has yet to show me something besides hustle. We should have just kept Scal if we needed that." Ah, missing Brian Scalabrine. What are the chances you thought you'd see someone say that?
  • What will the Hornets rotation look like? Ryan Schwan of Hornets24/7 says Willie Green has the edge to back up CP3: "It appears Willie Green has locked up the backup position at the point.  Color me surprised.  Every statement out of training camp has indicated he is leading the charge as the backup point guard and relegated DJ Strawberry and Mustafa Shakur to purely end-of-the-bench roles.  I won’t lie.  I worry about Green being able to pull this off.  He’s been a swingman for 95% of his career."
Posted on: October 6, 2010 6:08 pm

The other Rookie of the Year candidate

Posted by Royce Young

Somehow, Blake Griffin has become maybe the most forgotten No. 1 overall pick ever. Busting a knee and missing your entire first season will do that to you. But then again, even after Greg Oden did the same, people couldn't stop talking about the Blazer big man.

Maybe that's actually good thing for Griffin.

But after taking almost a full year off from real competitive basketball activity, Griffin returned to the court last night in the Clippers' first preseason game. His line won't wow you - nine points, seven rebounds, five turnovers in 22 minutes - but keep in mind, this was his first night back. He can tell us that he wasn't thinking about the knee and that the mental part of returning from injury is past him, but on his first night back on the hardwood, surely he was thinking about it.

Here's the thing though: Griffin is back. He's completely healthy. His explosiveness is there, his lateral quickness is there and his ridiculous ability for a 6'10, 265-pound beast, is there.

The best description you can give Griffin on the basketball court is an animal. If he were a defensive end, every analyst would talk endlessly about his motor. They'd talk about how he never quits on plays. He lays it all out on the court and though last night's affair against the Blazers was a meaningless preseason game, that signature Griffin energy, hustle and desire was there.

While other rookies like John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins are raising more eyebrows, Griffin quietly had a decent comeback night. It wasn't anything spectacular and it wasn't a box score line that made you take notice. But if Griffin showed anything last night, it's that you'll be reminded of his presence often this year. It's hard to overlook a player of his caliber for too long.


Al-Farouq Aminu, Clippers - Whoa boy. Not the debut the rookie has been dreaming about. Eighteen minutes, one point, four turnovers, 0-3 from the field, zero rebounds, assists, blocks or steals. And he fouled out. Yikes and yikes.

Granted, not everyone should expect all rookies to have impressive performances their first time out on the NBA hardwood. There's a litany of factors. Nerves, preparation (or lack thereof), ignorance - all of that and more can add up to a rookie crapping the bed in his first appearance.

Our future CBS friend Ben Golliver had this to say about Aminu: "You've heard of the 'deer in the headlights' look? This was more like a "'I'm standing underneath the meteor that created the Grand Canyon and both my legs are broken and uh oh it's about to hit me oowwwwwwww' look. Off the top of my head I can't think of another player who had his combination of physical potential and complete mental unpreparedness during the last four seasons."

Have I said "yikes" yet? Oh, twice already? That's probably a bad sign.

However, it's not like Aminu impressed new coach Vinny Del Negro much. Especially not to the point where Aminu is looking at real NBA playing time this year. While it's only preseason, this is a chance to shine, to make an impression. And Aminu definitely made one. Just not a good one.

Derrick Favors, Nets - Some good, some bad for the new Nets big man. I'm sure the Nuggets have a close eye on Favors right now and you can guarantee the Nets are hoping he showcases some serious skill.

And while his first game numbers aren't bad (14 points, nine rebounds, 6-8 from the floor in 20 minutes), his second game was a bit underwhelming (four points, five fouls, three turnovers, one rebound in 13 minutes). It's not that Favors didn't flash ability, it's just that he showed what rookies in his mold are like. Inconsistent.

Favors is a project and to expect him to translate his ridiculous athletic ability into something now is unrealistic. Sebastian Pruiti of NetsAreScorching put it well: "Derrick Favors struggled with fouls the entire night and fouled out in slightly more than 12 minutes of playing time.  I didn’t see the game, but I am guessing that Favors got pump faked one or two times.  Bad games are going to happen with a 19 year who is still learning.  The key is for these bad games to take place less and less."

Exactly it. Favors isn't winning Rookie of the Year. He's part of a process and the more minutes he sees, the better it'll get.
Posted on: October 4, 2010 9:39 am
Edited on: October 4, 2010 9:42 am

Shootaround 10.4.10: Bynum pushes himself back

Posted by Royce Young
  • Andrew Bynum doesn't heal fast. He now says he's out until at least December. But Phil Jackson isn't so sure: "He's been saying that," Jackson said. "I don't know why he's talking about December. He can get weight-bearing activities started at the end of this month. Can you play in two weeks [after that]? Can you play in three weeks? Four weeks puts you at the end of November. So let's just let it happen and not talk about what the timing is."
  • Benjamin Hochman of The Denver Post: "It is known that Carmelo Anthony wants to be traded to a big market, in efforts to both win a title and maximize his marketability. Sources previously said he was interested in going to New Jersey, a franchise that will move to Brooklyn in a couple of years. Anthony, who has never gone public with his demands, was asked about his marketing prowess, and he said: 'As far as marketing, it comes from winning. If I ain't winning, then nobody wants me to market their product.' So he was asked: 'Then why would you want to play for the team that won 12 games last season?' Anthony then said: 'I never said I want to play for the Nets.'"
  • Tom Martin of The Dream Shake with a terrific post on Houston's window: "It's too hard to win a championship to get all bent out of shape when that wish doesn't come true. Be patient. Let the pieces fall into place, however long that may take. And for now, hope for a miracle, because if the Rockets get lucky - if they stay healthy and play up to their potential - then it may not take a transaction for all of the pieces to come together. Their luck may not lie in finding an outside source. That's not predictable, but it could happen. They might just have everything they need, right here. Maybe."
  • The first preseason games were yesterday with the Knicks and Nets both playing. Amar'e Stoudemire dropped 32 in his first appearance with New York as the Knicks beat Milano 125-113. New Jersey beats Maccabi Haifa 108-70 behind 14 points and nine rebounds off the bench for rookie Derrick Favors.
  • Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News on Favors' performance: "If you weren’t excited enough about Derrick Favors’ 14-point, nine-rebound performance tonight, this postgame quote should be all the convincing you need: 'I’d say it was an okay day,' Favors said, without a hint of arrogance, following the 108-70 victory over Maccabi Haifa. Okay? In his first professional game, Favors took eight shots and made six of them. His first shot was an alley-oop dunk. His second shot was a dunk. His third shot was a dunk. He attacked the rim with reckless efficiency, providing a spark and energy to an otherwise listless game. His most impressive dunk didn’t count: the 19-year-old jumped OVER a Maccabi Haifa player on the baseline but was called for a charge. 'It’s all good,' Favors said. If this trade for Carmelo Anthony fizzles completely, Favors will be the youngest player in team history. It’s not a bad way to build a wining franchise."
Posted on: September 25, 2010 6:55 pm
Edited on: September 25, 2010 6:58 pm

Denver dragging its feet on Carmelo deal?

Posted by Royce Young

The deal is on the table. Or at least reportedly it is. And by the sounds of it, everyone is good with it. Even Carmelo Anthony.

Except for some reason, the Nuggets are taking their time. According to Sam Amick of FanHouse and Adrian Wojanrowski of Yahoo!, the Nuggets are putting the deal in jeopardy because they're dragging their feet.

Nets new general manager Billy King is growing impatient and according to Amick's report, may just say forget it. Quite a thing to do just because a team is taking a little extra time deciding on whether or not to pull the trigger on trading their franchise player, but hey, nobody messes with Billy King. Nobody.

Amick also tweeted that goodwill is fading fast between the Nuggets and the other three teams involved in the talks. He says the Nets, Jazz and Bobcats aren't thrilled with the way things are being handled. I guess that happens when you're working in a new owner, new general manager and new consultants to those people.

Wojnarowski mentioned that the holdup for the Nuggets stems from them hoping for a better deal. According to sources, Wojnarowski said Denver hoped to work a deal for maybe Blake Griffin and still is holding hope for Joakim Noah.

As it stands now, the Nuggets would received Derrick Favors, Andrei Kirilenko and two first-round picks in the current proposed deal. Not a shabby deal by any means, but you can't blame them for wanting more for Carmelo.

However, if Denver takes too much time, the teams involved may pull the plug, leaving the Nuggets to find another suitor. And with other teams like the Clippers and Bulls saying their young talent is off the table (Griffin and Noah), Denver could have a hard time finding a deal as good as the current one. It's possible because there's still a lot of time and Anthony is clearly a hot commodity, but the current deal brings Denver everything they supposedly want.

The Nuggets have had their hand forced in this situation from the beginning. And the deeper it goes, the more leverage they lose.
Posted on: September 24, 2010 2:18 pm
Edited on: September 24, 2010 2:49 pm

Nets making push for Carmelo in four-team deal

Posted by Royce Young

At some point, Carmelo Anthony will be dealt. I'm convinced.

Until then, we'll just have to settle for a rumor here, or some talks there. But according to Marc Stein and Chad Ford of ESPN.com and confimed by Ken Berger of CBSSports.com real progress is being made. Progress as in a proposed four-team deal.

Though some reports from earlier in the week said Nets rookie Derrick Favors was untouchable, there's a deal proposed that would send Anthony to New Jersey.

Involved in the deal would also be Charlotte and Utah. Denver would receive multiple first-round picks, Andrei Kirilenko from Utah (and cap relief) and Favors from New Jersey. Devin Harris would head to the Bobcats and Boris Diaw to the Jazz.

So take that all in for a second.

Now, of course the hanging chad here is if Carmelo is willing to sign an extension with the Nets. It's become pretty clear that New York and Chicago are Anthony's preferred destinations. But both of those teams don't appear to be serious players at this point. Chicago isn't willing to add Joakim Noah to a deal and the Knicks simply don't have what the Nuggets want.

Stein said the teams are "seriously engaged" in the talks and right now, the trade could potentially drop at any minute. The Nuggets probably prefer to get something done over the weekend if they're convinced Anthony won't come back to signing the extension in Denver. Training camp starts next week and surely management would like to move on with a fresh start rather than having the Melo shadow looming over everything done in camp.

Nothing is done until it's done, but this is a pretty serious deal. The Nuggets would get pretty much exactly what they want, the Nets get Anthony and Utah and Charlotte get to unload some salary. Utah has worked extremely hard to restructure its salary situation and this deal could get them out of the red. A Kirilenko-Diaw switch gets Utah comfortably out of the luxury tax area. In fact, it could be somewhere in the double-digit million tax move. Instead of paying $5 million, Utah could be looking at a $5 million payout .

And of course Charlotte gets a nice point guard in former All-Star Devin Harris. Nothing wrong with that for trading Diaw, who looked pretty fat during the World Championships.

Berger noted the deal is "nowhere near" to completion because of the complications of getting such a deal done, but the talks are happening and the Nets are pushing.

But by the way it sounds, it comes down to Anthony's future plans. If he's willing to ink long-term in New Jersey, this deal could end up going through. And it might just work out decently for everyone.
Posted on: September 23, 2010 7:02 pm
Edited on: September 23, 2010 7:02 pm

Preseason Primers: Nets

Posted by Royce Young

The Nets made moves this offseason, including a change in ownership and front office personell. And they're also a major player in the Carmelo sweepstakes. So all of this could be moot within the week. But as of now, they aren't the team that flirted with the worst record ever anymore. They're improved and they have a shot to actually be mediocre this year.

Training camp site: Newark, NJ

Training camp starts: Sept. 28

Key additions: Travis Outlaw (free agent), Troy Murphy (trade), Derrick Favors (draft), Jordan Farmar (free agent), Anthony Morrow (free agent)

Key subtractions: Yi Jianlian (free agent), Courtney Lee (trade), Chris Douglas-Roberts (free agent)

Likely starting lineup: Devin Harris, PG; Terrence Williams, SG; Travis Outlaw, SF; Troy Murphy, PF; Brook Lopez, C

Player to watch: Derrick Favors. The young big man is as physically gifted as any player that's come into the league we've seen. He's been compared to Dwight Howard when Howard entered the league as a rookie, and the comparison is fairly accurate. Favors is built like a rock, has insane athletic ability and his job will be to develop some semblance of a post game or potentially some pick-and-roll ability.

Chemistry quiz: With all the Carmelo trade talk, you have to wonder if that's had any affect on the names that have been mentioned. More than likely, they've tuned it all out, but as excited as Troy Murphy was to land on his childhood favorite team, it's got to be a bit of a shadow hanging over him wondering if he'll be dealt to Denver at any moment.

Camp battles: Can Anthony Morrow push Terrence Williams for the starting 2-guard spot? To answer my own question because that's why I asked it, yes, he can. Morrow is a great shooter, while Williams is more of a slasher. But depending on how Harris plays this season with Williams, Morrow could be a better fit.

Biggest strength: The Nets will be big and strong on the inside. Brook Lopez, Troy Murphy and Derrick Favors all combine to give New Jersey an imposing front line that's athletic, versatile and most importantly, very large.

Glaring weakness: Scoring. After Vince Carter's depature, the Nets haven't been able to find a consistent 20 point a game guy. Devin Harris is a nice scoring point guard, Terrence Williams has potential, Travis Outlaw is an okay talent and Brook Lopez and Murphy get some, but not a ton of points on the inside. The Nets really need a scorer that can be relied on when things get tough in a close game. Who that could be, I don't know. Seriously, nobody comes to mind right now. I'm thinking, I'm thinking... yep, nothing.
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