Charlotte Hornets: 5 centers who would help rim protection

Utah Jazz Derrick Favors (Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr./Getty Images)
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Derrick Favors

Derrick Favors is easily the best player on this list and could be attainable. The 6’10 big man out of Georgia Tech has been involved in trade rumors for years, but has ended up staying put in Utah, and you’ve got to wonder how much longer that will be the case.

If he is available for trade, I think the Charlotte Hornets should be all over him. He’s starting at power forward in Utah, and his fit next to Rudy Gobert is awkward at times. When he’s playing at center, he’s shown that he is a major force. The problem is they have Gobert at center, which cuts into his minutes and touches.

If he were to find his way to Charlotte, he’d instantly be the best center on the roster, and I think him in the pick-and-roll with Kemba Walker would be special. Favors is built like an ox, finishes through contact, has a mid-range game and is a great shot blocker.

Seriously, why doesn’t this guy get talked about very much? He does a little bit of everything and is even extending his range out to the three-point line. He’d be a HUGE addition to the Hornets, but he may be tough to land.

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Favors could end up hitting free agency after this season, depending on if Utah decides to bring him back or not. His 2019-20 salary is non-guaranteed. The Hornets could have the chance to go after him over the summer, too.