Derrick Favors Bio: Early Life, NBA & Salary

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Life surely is unpredictable; who knew a boy raised by a single mom who played basketball with friends in the neighborhood would be an NBA superstar one day? If you are wondering who that boy is, he is Derrick Favors.

Derrick Favors is a professional NBA player currently associated with Oklahoma City Thunder. Favors’ life was full of struggles, the way he made for himself was not easy, yet he managed to overcome all his hurdles and succeed.

From a very young age, Derrick knew that his family needed someone to earn to improve their lives. So, Derrick took charge and was determined to give his family a better lifestyle.

What is important is that Derrick never lost hope; he knew what he wanted from life and worked for the life he wanted.

Derrick Favors with basketball.
Derrick posing with his very first love, basketball

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In this article, we discuss the inspirational Derrick Favors. Here, we will discuss his childhood, his career, the hardships he faced, his love life, and many more.

But before we start with our article, let us have an instant sight of the quick facts.

Derrick Favors: Quick Facts

Full Name Derrick Bernard Favors
Birth Date July 15, 1991
Birth Place Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Nick Name D-Fave
Religion Christianity
Nationality American
Ethnicity Black
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • South Atlanta High School
Horoscope Cancer
Father’s Name Johnnie Parker
Mother’s Name Deandra Favors
  • Tiffany Favors
  • Brandon Favors
Age 32 Years Old
Height 6 ft. 9 inches (2.06m)
Weight 120 kg (265 lbs)
Affiliations NBA
Hair Color Black
Eye Color Black
Body Type Athletic
Profession Professional Basketball Player
Professional Career Team Oklahoma City Thunders
The Draft Year 2010
Drafted By New Jersey Nets
Position Power Forward
Sexual Orientation Straight
Marital Status Married
Wife Shivolli DaSilva
Wingspan 7 feet 2 inches
Net Worth $35 Million
Standing reach 9 ft. 2 inches
Social Media Instagram, Twitter
Merch Card
Last Update June, 2024

Childhood and Education

Derrick Bernard Favors, a.k.a Derrick Favors, was born on July 15, 1991, in Atlanta, Georgia. Derrick was born to proud parents Johnnie Parker (Father) and Deandra Favors (mother).

Derrick’s Father and mother fell in love while working in Atlanta for Eastern Airlines. First, Tiffany (Derrick’s elder sister) was born, then Derrick, and after him, Brandon (Derrick’s younger brother) was born.

Everything was going fine until Derrick’s Father left the family. After his dad was gone, the family’s expenses came on Deandra’s shoulders. Derrick didn’t even know who his Father was until he was eighteen.

However, even after being a single mom, she didn’t let her children give up on their dreams. Instead, she raised her children like a lioness.

Derrick Favors and his mother.
Derrick’s Instagram and Twitter DP, which is with his mother. (Source: Twitter)

Besides, Derrick went to South Atlanta High School, where he was part of the high school basketball team and was ranked one of the best high school players in 2009.

He started getting good responses and was appreciated by everyone, which further helped him in his professional career.

Derrick Favors: Career

Favors started playing basketball in his high school days. Derrick was even ranked the #1 player in the entire country by

Derrick even led his team in the Class AAA state championship finals, where he showed his phenomenal skills and scored 38 points along with 21 rebounds. After getting victory over Westover High school and becoming MVP of the game.

With all the achievements and accolades, Derrick finished his high school’s last season with points (28.1), blocks (5.0), assists (2.0), and rebounds (13.3), with a career record of 2341 points and 1511 rebounds.

After graduating from high school, Favors joined Georgia tech in 2009. During his Georgia days, he played forward and center.

With his skills and presence of mind in the game, everyone was like Favors’ game. Besides, he even led his team to the finals of ACC tournaments. Even though they lost the match, Derrick was named the ACC Rookie of the Year and ACC-All Freshmen.

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NBA Career

Shortly after he started playing college basketball, graduating high school unleashed various new opportunities.

In 2010, Derricks’s dream came true, NBA is true to all basketball players, and Derrick was no exception. Derrick getting the chance to be in the NBA was a huge accomplishment.

If you don’t know, he left college for NBA; out of four years, he only studied for a year. But thankfully, he got drafted into NBA by New Jersey Nets.

At the time of his NBA debut, Derrick was nineteen years old, making him the youngest player of the Nets to set foot on the court.

Similarly, he recorded his first double-double of 13 points and 13 rebounds in 2010 against Miami.

After one season with the Nets, Derrick was drafted by Utah Jazz. Utah has always been dear to Derrick, who spent eight years with that team.

At first, Favors was signed for two years, but Utah extended the contract with Derrick for the next four years due to his phenomenal performances.

2018 was the year that gave Derrick much success and fame. He ranked 10th position on Utah’s all-time rebounding list with 3,602 rebounds. The same year, he played his 500th match with Utah and became the 12th player in Utah history to reach that milestone.


Later in 2019, Favors associated with New Orleans Pelicans. However, no such important events or significant achievement was achieved by him when with them.

Derrick returned to Utah in 2021 after being given $27 million as a free agent. He successfully sets his position in the tenth number of all-time scoring lists in Utah’s history.

Derrick Favors concentrating.
Derrick Favors

Currently, he is associated with Oklahoma City Thunders. Nonetheless, he still has a long way to go, and if any major events happen and he achieves something like a milestone, we will update you soon.

Derrick Favors: Body Measurements

There is a concept that basketball player needs to have a good height, or, let’s say, they should be tall. However, many short players have proven their worth and proved size doesn’t matter. But Derrick fits in the tall category as he is 6ft. 9 inches tall.

Besides, he is 120 kg, and as an athlete, he takes special care of his diet. He goes to the gym, exercises, and eats healthily.

His short black hair and beautiful black eyes complement his looks. You may have heard many girls say they like tall, dark, and handsome guys. And undoubtedly, Derrick is that tall, dark, and lovely guy every girl would want to date.

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His shoe size is 15, and his body measurements are 43-15-34 (Chest-Biceps-Waist).

Favors is an American by nationality and black by his ethnicity.

Derrick Favors: Net Worth

For almost a decade now, Derrick has been playing in NBA; undoubtedly, he has earned quite a good fortune from his career.

It is expected that Derrick Favors will have a hefty net worth of $35 million.

Derrick earns around $9,720,000 as a salary every year. In 2020 Derrick signed a three-year contract with Utah worth $29,162,700, from which he would get a $10,183,000 yearly salary.

Besides, he has been Adidas’s brand ambassador since 2010, and he was not even part of the NBA before he got the opportunity to endorse Adidas.

Plus he is also a brand ambassador of Powerade and Skullcandy. And this adds value to his net worth.

Derrick Favors: Personal Life

Favors is a family man who lives a happy life with his wife and children, and he was married to Shivolli DaSilva, his long-time girlfriend before they married.

Shivolli was born 1990 on November 23; she is a model by profession, and after meeting Derrick, she moved with him to Utah.

Shivolli has turned herself into an entrepreneur; she owns a business named Volli Production, LLC, which makes products for kids.

Derrick with his wife, twin daughters, and son
Derrick with his wife, twin daughters, and son

Both this couple have been blessed with three kids. They gave birth to twin daughters, Sanaa Favors and Serenitee Favors, in 2015.

Again, in 2017, God blessed them with a baby boy named Derrick Favors Jr.

Likewise, Derrick loves to spend time with his family and often shares pictures of his kids on his Instagram.

Social Media Presence

Derrick is active on both Instagram and Twitter. Likewise, Derrick is followed by more than 88k people on Instagram. On Instagram, we can see him posting about his games, his exercise videos, and sometimes about his family.

Besides he also uses Twitter and has about 148.9k followers. His Instagram and Twitter have a common DP; Derrick’s mother holds him in his DP. So far, he has made around 1039 tweets.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

For how many seasons has Derrick played in NBA?

Derrick has been actively playing in NBA for twelve seasons. He has played with four different teams in these twelve seasons.

What is the jersey number of Derrick Favor?

Derrick’s jersey number has changed with him changing teams. But for Oklahoma City Thunders, his jersey number is 15.

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