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Category Strategy: My Favors-ite Opportunity

James Anderson

James Anderson

James Anderson is a University of Minnesota graduate, with allegiances to the Packers, Brewers, Bucks (sigh) and Gophers (double sigh). He is an editor and scribe at, primarily focused on basketball and baseball. In 2013 he was a FSWA finalist for Fantasy Basketball writer of the year.

Everyone is looking for value in their drafts. Getting a player who will provide third-round production in the sixth round, for instance, is ideal. Unfortunately, this is much easier said than done. But a youth movement in Salt Lake City could hold the key to such an opportunity, if you've been paying attention.

It all starts with a simple question:

What do Kevin Love and Derrick Favors have in common?

They're both 6-10 power forwards. Both players are former top-5 draft picks, Love No. 5 overall in 2008, Favors No. 3 overall in 2010. They also both happened to play behind Al Jefferson for two seasons, and Big Al left their respective teams, Minnesota in 2010 and Utah in 2013, to play elsewhere. Love and Favors were even both 22 years old when Jefferson skipped town.

Here is Love's story:

In 2009-10, Love saw 28.6 minutes per game for the T-Wolves in the final season with Jefferson in the fold, before he was acquired by the Utah Ja

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