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Utah Jazz: Derrick Favors named to second-team All-Rookie squad

Published: Wednesday, May 11 2011 2:34 p.m. MDT

Derrick Favors

Ravell Call, Deseret News

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SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Jazz and their fans aren't the only ones who think the team has some good, young talent.

The league's coaches honored forward Derrick Favors with a spot on the NBA's All-Rookie second team. And while he didn't make either the first or second squad, Jazz rookie Gordon Hayward received the 14th-most votes among first-year players.

The 19-year-old Favors received 18 points (two points per first-team vote, one for second-team votes) after showing glimpses of greatness as the youngest player in the NBA.

The 6-foot-10, 246-pounder averaged 6.8 points and 5.3 rebounds in his first season with New Jersey and Utah.

Favors, the No. 3 overall pick of the 2010 NBA Draft, became the eighth player in Jazz history to earn a spot on an All-Rookie team.

The franchise's All-Rookie first team group includes Darrell Griffith (1980-81), Thurl Bailey (1983-84), Karl Malone (1985-86), Andrei Kirilenko (2001-02) and Deron Williams (2005-06). Blue Edwards (1989-90) and Paul Millsap (2006-07) were second-team selections.

Blake Griffin, the NBA rookie of the year, was the only unanimous All-Rookie pick. Other first-teamers with the Clipper forward (58 points) include Wizards' guard John Wall (57 points), New York's Landry Fields (56 points), Sacramento's DeMarcus Cousins (54 points) and San Antonio's Gary Neal (44).

The second team consists of Detroit's Greg Monroe (42 points), Minnesota's Wesley Johnson (26 points), the Clippers' Eric Bledsoe (19 points), Favors and Indiana's Paul George (14 points).

Favors, an Atlanta native, also averaged 0.87 blocks and 19.7 minutes in 78 games. He hit double figures in scoring 20 times and had 10 or more rebounds seven times, with four double-doubles.

With the Jazz, Favors averaged 8.2 points, 5.2 rebounds, 1.2 blocks and 20.2 minutes in 22 appearances.

Favors led all NBA rookie qualifiers in swatted shots and ranked fifth in rebounding eighth in scoring and 10th in minutes played. His field-goal shooting of 51.7 percent would have ranked third but he didn't have enough attempts.

The 21-year-old Hayward played particularly well late in the season. The 6-8 guard was especially impressive in a 22-point outing in a road win against the Los Angeles Lakers and a year-ending 34-point explosion in a victory over Denver.

Hayward, the No. 9 pick from Butler, averaged 5.4 points, 1.9 rebounds and 1.1 assists. He also shot a team-best 47.3 percent (35-74) from 3-point territory.

NBA ALL-ROOKIE TEAMS

FIRST TEAM

Name, team 1st 2nd Total

Blake Griffin, L.A. Clippers 29 - 58

John Wall, Washington 28 1 57

Landry Fields, New York 28 - 56

DeMarcus Cousins, Sac. 26 2 54

Gary Neal, San Antonio 18 8 44

SECOND TEAM

Greg Monroe, Detroit 13 16 42

Wesley Johnson, Minn. 4 18 26

Eric Bledsoe, L.A. Clippers - 19 19

Derrick Favors, Utah 1 16 18

Paul George, Indiana 1 12 12

OTHER PLAYERS RECEIVING VOTES: Ed Davis, Toronto, 10 (1); Evan Turner, Philadelphia, 12; Jordan Crawford, Washington, 12; Gordon Hayward, Utah, 7; Omer Asik, Chicago, 6 (1); Patrick Patterson, Houston, 5; Al-Farouq Aminu, L.A. Clippers, 3; Tiago Splitter, San Antonio, 3; Trevor Booker, Washington, 1; Christian Eyenga, Cleveland, 1; Ekpe Udoh, Golden State, 1.

*2 points for first-team votes, 1 point for second-team votes

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