The athletic testing is finally out, and there are some interesting things to discuss. I (Pete, not Dannie) was most interested in seeing just how explosive a player Derrick Favors could be. I wanted to see how he matched up against other player of his size and caliber in recent drafts.
Below you will find 2 charts with the 15 players (plus Favors) that meet the following criteria:
- Drafted from 2000-2009
- Drafted in top-10
- Height with shoes is 6′ 9.75” to 6′ 11.75”
- Primary position is PF or C (this only excluded Kevin Durant)
Note: I put Favors and Howard together so they are easily comparable
Vertical, Agility, Sprint Etc…
So with all these numbers and different players, how exactly does Favors compare? I went about ranking each player simply. I ranked them in each category and took the average of those rankings to determine who has the most well-rounded combination of size and atheltic ability. I excluded Height w/o Shoes (irrelevant), Weight (could be good or bad), Body Fat (not everyone has data) and draft position (irrelevant). That leaves 10 different categories. After ranking and averaging out everyone, here is how the rankings played out…
1. Dwight Howard, 4.0
2. Derrick Favors, 4.6
3. Emeka Okafor, 5.2
4. Nene Hilario, 5.8
5. Amare Stoudemire, 6.1
6. Blake Griffin, 8.0
7. Brandan Wright, 8.1
8. Chris Bosh, 8.2
9. LaMarcus Aldridge, 8.8
10. Jordan Hill, 8.9
11. Channing Frye, 9.0
12. Eddie Griffin, 9.4
13. Kwame Brown, 9.4
14. Al Horford, 9.8
15. DeSagana Diop, 10.8
16. Drew Gooden, 11.8
I don’t know about you, but with the exception of flipping Brandon Wright and Al Horford, the top-9 look like the 9 best players picked.
It’s not a stretch to call Favors Dwight Howard-esque. He certainly appears to be the best athlete/big-man to come out this decade with the exception of Howard, who he is only slightly behind.
There is definitely more risk with Favors than Turner, but I think this shows that Favors could floor the Sixers in his pre-draft workout. I imagine we won’t know who we’re gonna pick until it actually happens. I also told Dannie that while I still like Turner as the pick, I might be swayed by the time the draft rolls around.
Frankly, I’m just happy to have the Favors/Turner debate. It’s about 2,000 times better than the Aminu/Aldrich debate.