I know I seem like I'm making the Nets seem better than they are with this fan post and my other one about DH and BL, but after seeing some people's opinions on Derrick Favors, I just had to write this.
During the summer, lots of people on this board were advocating for a guy like Scola to be signed to start in front of Favors until he was ready in A YEAR OR TWO. The general feeling on this blog was that Favors would take a year or two to start contributing in a significant fashion. Everybody knew this pick was made for the future. Favors actually HAS contributed with solid rebounding rates, and good athleticism and shot selection. Sure, he still has A LOT of things to work on, but who said he would be 20-10 right away? Everybody knew he needed work. So why is everybody suddenly expecting him to have stats on par with Cousins? Cousins was more polished. EVERYONE KNEW THAT. But Favors has a better makeup and personality, along with better long term potential. So most people agreed he was the better pick for the rebuilding Nets. And he has shown that potential, if only in flashes, this season.
He needs to work on limiting his fouls. He needs to develop post moves. He needs to be more aggressive. But he is already a solid defender and rebounder, and I strongly believe Favors can average a double-double in his future, and with his cheap contract, that is a GREAT asset for the Nets, and we should keep him unless we get a real great player. Danny Granger? Pass. He puts up numbers, but he has a good supporting cast in Collison and Hibbert, and how much has he won? ZERO. He is not the superstar we are looking for. So KEEP DERRICK FAVORS. He's got his flaws. But we knew he'd take time. So why trade him? Did anyone really expect a double-double every game?
Derrick Favors could be a solid second option on a championship team if he pans out. Add Lopez and Harris, also solid 2nd and 3rd options, and one more piece (Melo? T. Jones? Irving?) and we have a great team. Let's have some patience with a guy we knew would require some.