Vitor Faverani Could Be Quality Reserve Center for Boston Celtics
The Boston Celtics are likely going to finish the 2013-2014 NBA season outside of the playoff-picture and in the lottery of the 2014 NBA Draft. When they traded away their two aging stars, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett, as well as Jason Terry, they made it clear that they were going to rebuild their franchise with new and younger pieces.
In return the Celtics received Gerald Wallace, Kris Humphries and Keith Bogans. However, with the loss of Garnett, they have a hole at the center position with only the rookie Kelly Olynyk and the less-than-promising Fab Melo on their roster as of right now.
Olynyk is likely going to get the starter’s share of minutes at center, especially after his impressive showing at the Orlando NBA Summer League, but bringing Melo off the bench at center is not the ideal option. That’s why the Celtics signed Brazilian center Vitor Faverani after his contract with Valencia in Spain was bought out.
Faverani’s deal with Boston is for three years and $6 million. The 25-year-old big man has played in Spain since 2009 and, though he’s played limited minutes, has been productive in his time on the floor. In 23 games last season, Faverani averaged 9.3 points, 4.6 rebounds and 0.7 blocks in 17 minutes per game while converting on 55 percent of his field goal attempts.
One of the things that’s easily noticeable with Faverani is his impressive size. At 6’11” and 259.6 pounds, he has definite NBA size which could allow him to be successful. He still needs some polishing with his skills in the post, but he’s not completely incompetent in that regard. With Brad Stevens, a coach who was great at developing players while at Butler, now in-house as the head coach, Faverani could find some success as a reserve and could be a potential option for Boston in the future if he performs well enough.