Derrick Favors drops in both NBA.com (#8) and ESPN (#5) rookie rankings, partly because of a decline in minutes, in turn the result of Kris Humphries' play the last week (10.0 ppg on 56.5% shooting, 12.7 rpg and 2.3 bpg). Favors averaged only 17 minutes a game in those games and didn't score vs. the Magic.
Still, as Drew Packham of NBA.com notes, "Favors continues to rank second among rookies in rebounds, averaging 6.4, trailing only Griffin. He's especially effective on the offensive glass, a testament to his work ethic." Thorpe ranks Damion James #35 and Ben Uzoh #48.
- Rookie Ladder - Battle for Third - Drew Packham - NBA.com
- NBA Rookie Rankings: Early disappointments - David Thorpe - ESPN
NBA Journeyman may turn Derrick Favors into Hasheem Thabeet - Austin Burton - Dime