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Quote of the Day: Derrick Favors not Kevin Love’s biggest fan

Jan 2, 2013, 4:52 PM EDT

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“(Kevin Love is) just like any other stretch 4 in the league…probably a better rebounder but pretty much like every other stretch 4.”

—Utah Jazz forward Derrick Favors, talking about Kevin Love with Timberwolves radio play-by-play guy Alan Horton

If you want to debate whether Love is really a guy you can build a franchise around, that can be up for discussion. And Love is having a tough stretch coming back from his broken hand — last season he was a valuable in part because he could be a stretch four and hit better than 37 percent of his 5.1 threes a game. But this season he is still gunning from out there despite hitting just 23.3 percent, and that has dragged his shooting down.

But Love is much more than a stretch four. You can ask him or you can ask his gold medal from the London Olympics. First “probably a better rebounder” sells short how good Love is on the offensive glass. What’s more is he is dangerous in the post because he has fantastic footwork (which allows him to get off shots against more athletic defenders) and he is a gifted passer. He is good setting picks out high because he can roll to the hoop or pop out, depending on what the defense does. And we could go on, but I think even his critics would admit that.

All of which is to say, I think you’re selling Love short here, Derrick. And it could come back to bite you when your teams play Wednesday night.

  1. connorchew - Jan 2, 2013 at 5:05 PM

    He’s a good player but he doesn’t even crack the starting lineup, he doesn’t have room to talk about love like that

  2. bux1022 - Jan 2, 2013 at 5:29 PM

    He will be a starter in a month. Jazz have to move Milsap and/or Jefferson. And when they do D Fave will be in full time beast mode! Remember this post! Screenshot it and tuck it away!

  3. stadix093 - Jan 2, 2013 at 5:55 PM

    As soon as Favors has a 30 point 30 rebound game I’ll take him seriously.

    • badintent - Jan 3, 2013 at 1:12 AM

      Favor’s comment smacks of Thomas’s quote,:
      “If Larry Bird wasn’t white, we wouldn’t be giving him so much cred”

  4. dannymac17 - Jan 2, 2013 at 6:18 PM

    Uh, I would take Kevin Love 9/10 over Derrick Favors.

  5. lakerluver - Jan 2, 2013 at 6:50 PM

    Who is Favors to be taking a shot at Love? I’m willing to bet he will never be the player Love is.

    • tubal22 - Jan 3, 2013 at 2:11 AM

      Kevin Love is playing like crap this year.

      Favors has better advanced stats than Love does this year, and outplayed him tonight.

      Not saying Favors is better than Love right now, but it’s not a stretch to say he’s got the potential.

  6. jmclarkent - Jan 2, 2013 at 7:34 PM

    “Damnit…does anyone know how the heck to turn italics off?”

  7. thomaskouns - Jan 3, 2013 at 1:20 AM

    I think Love’s overrated too.

    He puts up great numbers but can’t seem to elevate his teams like other franchise PF’s.

  8. 00maltliquor - Jan 3, 2013 at 3:02 AM

    Jealousy is a female trait, Derrick……

  9. bux1022 - Jan 3, 2013 at 1:38 PM

    Love is overrated! Thats why he sucks this year. I never said favors was better. You can’t argue stats with a starter vs a 6th man. But he’ll be starting soon. And I will revisit this topic!

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