Derrick Favors was drafted with the third overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft by the New Jersey Nets. The 19-year-old made his NBA debut on opening night, Oct. 27, and delivered eight points and 10 rebounds in a home win over the Pistons. On the third night of the season, on Oct. 31, Favors registered his first career double-double with 13 points and 13 rebounds in a home loss to the Heat. He had four double-doubles for the season. On Jan. 5, Favors received his first career NBA start and posted seven points and five rebounds in just nine minutes of run during a home win over the Bulls. That started a streak of 23 straight games with the 6-foot-10 rookie in the Nets' starting lineup. But things changed on Feb. 23 when Favors was traded with Devin Harris and two first round picks to the Utah Jazz for star point guard Deron Williams. With Utah, Favors appeared in 22 games with four starts and averaged 20.2 minutes per contest, similar minutes to what he received in New Jersey. On Mar. 7 with the Jazz, Favors scored a season-high 16 points, and added eight boards, during a loss at New York. On Apr. 9, the rookie generated a new season-high of 17 points, plus five boards, two assists, one steal and one block during a loss at San Antonio. For the season, Favors tallied per game averages of 6.8 points, 5.3 rebounds and 0.9 blocks per contest while shooting 51.7 from the field. He appeared in 78 total games made the 2010-11 All-Rookie Second Team. Favors led all rookies in blocks per game.2011
Favors appeared in 65 of 66 games of the lockout-shortened season for the Utah Jazz. The 20-year-old averaged 8.8 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.0 block over 21.2 minutes per contest during his sophomore season in the Association. On Dec. 30, the third game of the season, Favors exploded for 20 points, 11 boards and one block during a home win over the 76ers. The game marked the first of 13 double-doubles for Favors and was one of his nine starts during the season. On Mar. 17, the 6-foot-10 low post presence posted a career-high 23 points and a career-best 17 rebounds over 34 minutes in a home win over the Warriors. Twice Favors blocked a career-high five shots, including a 13-point, 11-rebound, five-block effort on Apr. 24 in a win over the Suns. Utah finished the regular season at 36-30 and lost to the Spurs in four games during the first round of the playoffs. Favors came of the bench for the first three games of the series, but started the decisive game four. During that start, Favors double-doubled for 16 points, 10 rebounds, two steals and two blocks over 37 minutes of run. The series versus San Antonio was Favors' first career NBA playoff action. Over the four post-season games, Favors averaged 11.8 points, 9.5 rebounds, 1.5 blocks and 1.3 steals with two double-doubles.2012
During the 2012-13 season, Favors' third year in the Association, the Atlanta-native appeared in 77 games for the Utah Jazz with eight starts. His per game numbers improved slightly over the prior season, with the biggest difference being the leap in blocks per game, which went from 1.0 per game last season to 1.7 per contest in 2012-13. Favors' 130 total blocks during the regular season ranked 12th in the NBA. On Mar. 4, Favors started and posted a career-best-tying 23 points, a season-high 15 rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block during a one-point loss at Milwaukee. On Mar. 8, Favors came off the bench and generated 11 points, 10 rebounds and a career-best six shots. Favors would again block six shots and double-double on Apr. 5 in a home win over the Hornets. The 6-foot-10 big man had nine double-doubles for the season. Utah finished the season with a record of 41-41 and did not make the playoffs.2013
During the 2013-14 season, Favors became a regular starter for the Utah Jazz. After starting 44 of his first 220 games during his first three season in the Association, Favors started all 73 games in which he appeared in 2013-14. The 22-year-old also increased his playing time from 23.2 minutes per game last year to 30.2 this season. The increased floor time led to career-high per averages in points (13.3), rebounds (8.7) and steals (1.0). Favors also improved his shooting accuracy. The 6-foot-10 big man increased his field goal percentage from 48.2 percent last season to 52.2 percent in 2013-14, which was good for 19th in the NBA. Favors also continued to provide quality rim protection as well. His 1.5 blocks per game ranked 14th in the Association. On Nov. 15, Favors grabbed a career-best 18 rebounds, plus added 20 points, three steals and three blocks, during a home loss to the Spurs. On Mar. 16, Favors tallied a career-high 28 points to go with 10 boards and three steals during a loss at San Antonio. Favors led the Jazz in rebounds and blocks per game and registered a career-best 25 double-doubles for the season. The Jazz ended the regular season at 25-57 and did not qualify for the post-season.2014
Just as he did last season, Favors started every game in which he appeared for the Utah Jazz. In 2014-15, the 23-year-old started 74 games for the Jazz and averaged a career-high 30.8 minutes per game. On Oct. 30, Favors registered his first double-double of the season with 17 points and 11 rebounds during a loss at Dallas. The 6-foot-10 low post presence recorded 23 double-doubles for the season. On Nov. 1, the Georgia Tech product scored a career-high 32 points, plus added nine rebounds, two steals and two blocks, during a home win over the Suns. On Nov. 24, Favors grabbed a season-high 15 rebounds, plus posted 17 points, five blocks and three steals, during a home win over the Sixers. Twice Favors swatted a season-best five blocks. That includes a 21-point, 13-rebound, five-block effort on Dec. 5 during a home loss to the Magic. Favors' 123 total blocks for the season ranked 14th in the NBA. For the year, Favors shot a career-best 52.5 percent from the field, which ranked eighth in the Association. Utah finished the season at 38-44 and missed the playoffs.2015
The 2015-16 season was yet another product year for the 6-foot-10 Favors. He posted a career-high 16.4 points per game while also posting season averages of 8.1 rebounds, 1.5 blocks and a career-best 1.2 steals per contest. On Oct. 30, during the second game of the year, Favors recorded his first double-double of the season with 20 points, 12 boards and three steals in a blowout win at Philadelphia. The veteran big man delivered 19 double-doubles for the season. Twice Favors grabbed a season-high 16 rebounds, which included a 12-point, 16-rebound effort during a home win over the Grizzlies on Nov. 7. Five nights later, Favors blocked a career-high seven shots, to go with 25 points and 12 boards, during a one-point loss at Miami. On Dec. 5, Favors scored a career-high 35 points, to go with 13 rebounds, during a close home win over the Pacers. Back issues forced Favors to miss 16 straight games from Dec. 26 to Jan. 22. Remarkably, it was the first significant injury of Favors' six year career. For the season, Favors shot 51.5 percent from the field, which ranked 15th in NBA. His 1.5 blocks per game were good for 18th in the Association. The Jazz finished the year at 40-42 and did not qualify for the post-season.2016
After five initial, relatively injury free seasons in the NBA, for the second season in a row Favors fought injury issues during the 2016-17 season. A left knee bone contusion forced Favors to miss opening night and then 13 straight games from Nov. 17 to Dec. 10. In mid-December, Utah eased Favors back into the lineup via restricted minutes off of the bench. From Dec. 27 to Jan. 26, the 6-foot-10 veteran big then started 17 straight games and posted 9.7 points and 6.4 rebounds over 25.6 minutes per game. Favors still wasn't at peak form yet, considering he averaged 32.0 minutes per contest last season. Utah then rested Favors for two games. On Feb. 6, Favors started and posted a season-high 20 points to go with 10 boards, three steals and two blocks in a blowout win at Atlanta. Still, the left knee continued to bother Favors. On Mar. 7, the Jazz decided to make Favors inactive for their next 14 games. He returned in time to appear in three of their final four regular season games. The Jazz finished the year at 51-31 and defeated the Clippers in the first round of the playoffs before being eliminated by the Warriors in the Western Conference Semifinals. Favors played in all 11 of Utah's post-season games, with two starts. Still not 100 percent healthy, Favors' play was a bit erratic. In the decisive Game 7 win over LA, Favors came off the bench to double-double via 17 points, 11 rebounds and three assists.2017
As has been the case throughout his entire seven-plus years with the Jazz, Favors continued to be a useful source of both scoring and rebounding for Utah. He started in 77 games for Utah, proving that the left knee issues that pestered Favors last season were behind him. The 2017-18 campaign marked the fourth time in the past five seasons in which Favors averaged double figures (12.3) in scoring. He also pulled down at least seven rebounds per game (7.2) for the fifth time in the past six seasons. A model of consistency, Favors posted 15 double-doubles including a season-high 25-point, 11-rebound effort in a win over Orlando on Nov. 18. In that game against the Magic, Favors hit 10-of-12 shots from the field in addition to all five of his foul shots. For the season, Favors shot 56.3 percent from the field, a new career-best mark, which also ranked ninth in the NBA. Favors also added new wrinkle to his offensive arsenal this past season. He attempted a career-high 63 threes, connecting at a 22.2 percent clip. The Georgia Tech product also chipped in on the defensive side of the ball. Favors blocked 1.1 blocks per game, which marked the sixth season in his career in which he reached that plateau. Utah finished the year at 48-34, defeated the Thunder in the first round of the playoffs, but was eliminated by the Rockets in the Western Conference Semifinals. Favors started Utah's first nine playoff games and over 11 post-season contests averaged 9.3 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.0 block.2018
Favors appeared in 76 games for the Jazz and started 70 times. He averaged 11.8 points, 7.4 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per contest. Favors shot a career-high 58.6 percent from the field. As a result, he ended the season ranked ninth in the NBA in that category. On top of that, he finished 16th in rejections. Favors recorded 14 double-doubles during the regular season. He performed well in March when he averaged 13.7 points and 7.7 rebounds. Favors also shot a robust 64 percent from the field during that month. He scored a season-high 25 points at New Orleans on Mar. 6. The big man would match a career-high with 18 rebounds versus Milwaukee on Mar. 2. And during the first round of the playoffs, Favors collected two double-doubles in five games against the Rockets.
June 24, 2010Drafted by the New Jersey Nets in the 1st round (3rd pick) of the 2010 NBA Draft and signed a rookie contract shortly thereafter.
February 23, 2011Traded by the New Jersey Nets with Devin Harris, cash, a 2011 1st round draft pick and a 2013 1st round draft pick to the Utah Jazz for Deron Williams.
October 1, 2013Signed a four-year contract extension with the Utah Jazz.
July 6, 2018Signed a 2-year deal as a free agent with the Utah Jazz.
July 7, 2019Traded by the Utah Jazz to the New Orleans Pelicans for a 2021 2nd round draft pick and a 2023 2nd round draft pick.