Tag:Derrick Favors
Posted on: June 23, 2010 2:35 pm
Edited on: June 24, 2010 9:36 am

Questionable Cousins still must go in top four

The most intriguing debate heading into Thursday's NBA Draft is the debate about DeMarcus Cousins.

Will he be the Rookie of the Year?

Will he be a headache?

Truth is, it won't surprise me if Cousins turns out to be both. The guy is an awesome talent and uneven personality whose reputation is well earned. My guess is that he'll put 18 points and 17 rebounds on somebody in the first month of his NBA career and cause general managers who passed on him to cry, then two months later be caught on camera arguing with an assistant coach, at which point those same general managers will be thankful they passed.

And that's probably how Cousins' career will go.

Lots of nice moments surrounded by lots of shake-your-head moments.

So the question the Nets (picking third) and Timberwolves (picking fourth) must ask themselves is whether they'd rather have Cousins and his issues, or Derrick Favors, Wes Johnson or Greg Monroe, because it's not close in terms of talent. On talent alone, Cousins should probably be the second pick (behind only Kentucky teammate John Wall) and perhaps the No. 1 overall pick. As much as I've criticized Cousins' demeanor, I've never questioned his ability. He's big and strong and skilled, and he was the most dominant force in college basketball last season. I love his potential, but I'm scared he'll never be able to get out of his own way. That's the dilemma. That's always been the dilemma.

And yet I still wonder how much it should matter.

I still really do wonder if we care too much about character.

I mean, I just watched the Lakers win an NBA title with a player who has been accused of rape (Kobe Bryant), a player who ran into the stands to punch a fan (Ron Artest), a player who once demanded a trade from the team that drafted him (Pau Gasol), and a player who married the worst Kardashian just weeks after meeting her (Lamar Odom). Again, those are our world champions. Meantime, the Indianapolis Police Department believes Zach Randolph could be a drug kingpin, and he's an All-Star. Dwyane Wade has gone through some kind of crazy divorce and may or may not be a terrible father, but he's a pretty successful basketball player. Carmelo Anthony once told criminals not to snitch on other criminals, but I'd take him on my team. Tyreke Evans was the driver of a car that carried a murderer away to safety, but he was also the Rookie of the Year.

I could do this forever, but you get the point.

Character matters, sure.

But nothing matters in the NBA more than talent.

You don't win or lose with good people and bad people.

You win or lose with talented players and untalented players.

So I'd take Wall ahead of Cousins and I might -- let me stress might -- take Turner and Favors ahead of him, too. But there's absolutely no way Cousins -- a 6-foot-11, 280-pound forward who averaged 15.1 points and 9.8 rebounds in 23.5 minutes per game as a freshman -- should go any lower than fourth in this draft, absolutely no way Cousins should be selected behind Johnson, Monroe or anybody else not named Wall, Turner or Favors because you don't pass on a potential All-Star unless you're getting a potential All-Star in his place.

There are only four prospects in this draft who project as potential All-Stars.
  • John Wall
  • Evan Turner
  • Derrick Favors
  • DeMarcus Cousins
If they're not the first four picks Thursday night, somebody messed up.
Posted on: April 9, 2010 10:55 am
Edited on: April 9, 2010 12:55 pm

Favors entering NBA Draft

Georgia Tech's Derrick Favors will formally declare for the NBA Draft on Friday.

This development means six of the top eight prospects in Scout.com's final Class of 2009 rankings are entering the draft after just one season of college basketball. In order, they are No. 1 Derrick Favors (Georgia Tech), No. 2 John Wall (Kentucky), No. 3 DeMarcus Cousins (Kentucky), No. 5 Avery Bradley (Texas), No. 6 Xavier Henry (Kansas) and No. 8 Lance Stephenson (Cincinnati). The only top eight prospects who have not declared are No. 4 John Henson (North Carolina) and No. 7 Renardo Sidney (Mississippi State), the latter of whom did not play this past season.

Favors is expected to immediately hire an agent.

He averaged 12.4 points and 8.4 rebounds as a freshman.

He's expected to be a among the first five picks in the 2010 NBA Draft.
Posted on: January 14, 2009 7:27 pm
Edited on: January 14, 2009 7:29 pm

Georgia Tech lands nation's top recruit

Derrick Favors announced Monday night that he plans to enroll at Georgia Tech.

The 6-foot-9 forward from Atlanta is the nation's top high school senior, according to Scout.com. He has long been expected to choose between Georgia Tech and Georgia, meaning his decision to remain in his home state is hardly a surprise but still a huge development for Paul Hewitt. Furthermore, it continues the Yellow Jackets' trend of luring five-star recruits -- from Lewis Clinch in 2005, Thaddeus Young and Javaris Crittenton in 2006, Gani Lawal in 2007 and Iman Shumpert in 2008 -- and almost certainly alleviates some of the pressure on Hewitt, who took a 9-6 record into Wednesday night's game against Duke.
Posted on: August 13, 2008 1:07 pm
Edited on: August 13, 2008 1:10 pm

Dear Gary (on recruits and pizza toppings)

Here's Wednesday's Dear Gary ...

Dear Gary: I just want to know where those five uncommitted guys (mentioned in Tuesday's Dear Gary) are favoring going. Can we get each's top five list in descending order? And the top five pizza toppings (also mentioned yesterday) is always fun.

-- UNCPhoenix

I'm not a big fan of top five school lists because there are almost never five schools really competing for a prospect at this point in the recruitment, regardless of what a prospect insists. Most of it is just posturing and there are usually only two or three schools still seriously involved and with a reasonable chance to secure a commitment. So rather than supply a list that you can get anywhere I'll give you my best guess on where those five players will land, and we'll look back on this someday and see how I did, whether I'm really as smart as I think I am or really as dumb as some of you think I am.

Without further ado, here you go ...

1. John Wall
My guess: Baylor
My reason: Package deals usually go as planned.

2. Derrick Favors
My guess: Georgia Tech
My reason: He wants to stay in the state, and Georgia Tech is the best in-state program.

3. Xavier Henry
My guess: Memphis
My reason: Most figured this would be done last month, and it would've been if not for Kansas doing a great job dragging it out. Either way, the thought here is that John Calipari will ultimately succeed (despite what happened last time Memphis let the Jayhawks hang around too long).

4. Kenny Boynton
My guess: Florida
My reason: Boynton is very familiar with the Florida program and was even on campus last week. Duke, Texas, Georgia Tech and Memphis remain in the picture. But my money is on the in-state school to land the in-state star.

5. John Henson
My guess: North Carolina
My reason: He committed months ago.

Anyway, now let's move on to the important stuff: Pizza toppings!

Here's a useless fact about yours truly: I delivered pizzas all through college, first for Pizza Hut and then for Papa John's. I was pretty amazing at it, could get a pie somewhere in 30-minutes-or-less in my sleep. In the process, I ate pretty much every kind of pizza you can imagine, even a pizza with anchovies on it. Honestly, they weren't bad. But they weren't good either and there's no way in hell they're making GP's Top 5 Things to Put on a Pizza.

As promised, here's the list ...

-- GP's Top 5 Things to Put on a Pizza --

1. Cheese

Don't ever forget the obvious. Cheese is crucial to a good pie.

2. Barbeque

I know this is unconventional, but the stuff is really good. Just trust me. Try it.

3. Onions

Onions are awesome.

4. Jalapenos

Great to eat, terrible to put on your eyeball. So try to avoid that. I put a jalapeno on my eyeball once. It burned just as you might imagine.

5. Garlic Sauce

Have you tried this stuff? You can get it pretty much anywhere now, and it really is heaven. I have to order extra garlic sauces every time because I'll just pour that stuff all over the place. I'm considering using it to replace milk in my morning cereal, it's so good. So next time you order, make sure to order garlic sauce. And, of course, don't forget to tip your drivers well. They're working hard, you know.

Posted on: August 12, 2008 8:21 am

Dear Gary (on the need for lists)

Here's Tuesday's Dear Gary ...

Dear Gary: I know it's the slow period for college basketball, and I really do enjoy (most) of your articles. But could you do something on another player besides John Wall? Yeah, he's the No. 1 unsigned prospect. Yeah, he's been involved in some alleged shady dealings. But come on. Can you do a top 10 list?  Or a top 5 list?  I'm very pro-list.  I think most other readers would be too. Keep on keepin' on.

-- Gregg


I've written exactly one column about Wall in my entire life-- plus posted about him in the blog here and there -- and now I'm getting ridiculed, and the request is for lists. Tough crowd, I guess, particularly when you consider Wall is not only the "No. 1 unsigned prospect" but the best high school prospect in the country and, like you said, in the middle of "some alleged shady dealings" -- some of which were uncovered by CBSSports.com last week.

He's kind of a big deal, you know?

(Especially in August when everything else is pretty quiet.)

But fine. You want a list? I'll give you a list because, long as we're being honest, I like lists too ... mostly because their simple (to put together) and quick. So how about a list of, say, the top five prospects in the Class of 2009?

We'll call it GP's Top 5 in 2009 (because I can't think of a better name right now).

(You'll never guess who is No. 1.)

1. John Wall (uncommitted)
2. Derrick Favors (uncommitted)
3. Xavier Henry (uncommitted)
4. Kenny Boynton (uncommitted)
5. John Henson (committed to North Carolina)

Feel free to discuss.

And if you want another list in Wednesday's Dear Gary, just let me know.

I'm leaning towards GP's Top 5 Things to Put on a Pizza, but I'll do whatever.

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