Next in line for the What to Expect series is Vitor Faverani. This year will be very imperative to Faverani's career success. If he shows promise then the future could be bright for him as a servicable big man. But if not, he could just be another failed experiment.
Sloan Piva (@sloanpiva)
Faverani provides a big body down low, but he has no experience playing against NBA-caliber talent (he wasn't drafted after declaring for the NBA in 2009). It's always exciting to welcome a seven-footer to the mix, but Celtics fans should temper their expectations (remember the Fab Melo project...). Fifteen to 20 minutes of playing time should be about as much as "El Hombre Indestructible" should expect, and five points and three rebounds per game will probably meet Brad Stevens' expectations. After all, Faverani maxed out at 9.3 points and 4.6 rebounds over 17 minutes per game as part of team Valencia in Spain. He's a work in progress, but if he can stay healthy, limit turnovers and gel with his teammates, he could be a big, bearded part of Boston's future.
14.5 MPG, 5.2 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 49% FG
Rich Conte (@richconte)
The Celtics offseason featured a South American subplot as one Brazilian big man exited (Fab Melo), just as another, Vitor Faverani, entered. The 6-11, 25-year old center has some intriguing physical skills; he can run the court and at 260 pounds has the potential to be a physical presence in the paint. He doesn’t appear to be much of a rim-protector, but his size and emerging offensive skills make him a viable candidate at center if coach Brad Stevens decides to play a more traditional lineup.
24.8 MPG, 7.3 PPG, 6.6 RPG, 48.7 FG%
Tim MacLean (@TimMacLean_)
I’ll be the first to admit that prior to the Celtcs signing him, I had never heard of Vitor Faverani. But over the last few weeks I’ve had the chance to do some research on the Brazilian big man and I have to say, I really like what I’ve either seen, read, or heard about thus far.
First and foremost, if there’s any one thing that stands out about him it’s neither his height nor his size. It’s his loyalty.
Faverani has only been a member of the Celtics for a very short while and he is already displaying his love for the team all over his Twitter account. His timeline is flooded with pictures of him wearing Celtics related clothing and he constantly professes how happy he is to be in Boston.
Unlike most other teams, being a part of the Celtics organization is truly about the name on the front of the jersey rather than the one on the back. And while that might be corny or cliché it’s absolutely true. The organization should be very pleased to see that one of their newest players is itching to put on the green and white uniform.
From a statistical standpoint, Faverani may have the opportunity to contribute a lot more than one might think. Given the fact that he is really the only true center on the Celtics current roster, Brad Stevens would be foolish not to give him some burn. Boston is going to need to find out one way or another if Faverani is capable of being effective at the NBA level. Besides, Faverani is signed through the next three years. If Danny Ainge didn’t make this signing with thoughts of developing him further then he most likely would have brought him on with a smaller, non-guaranteed contract.
Sure, Faverani might not be a stellar defender but he does have an impressive offensive game and, at the very least, he can’t be any worse than a particular Brazilian center that just recently left town.
17.4 MPG, 5.2 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 50.0 FG%