|Posted by Ron Leyba on November 4, 2013 at 1:40 PM|
The Boston Celtics certainly have the luxury and the need to experiment during the 2013-2014 season. As the team won’t be in the chase of a championship, they can spend some time finding prospect players that will lead the team to a new era. Especially with Rajon Rondo out, this will be a great chance for Head Coach Brad Stevens to throw different lineups out there and test his rotations. One of the players that had a terrific output during the pre-season and could emerge as a big factor for the Boston Celtics is Vitor Faverani.
The 6’11” undrafted power forward/center out of Brazil was so good during the offseason that he might actually be assigned with the starting role, according to multiple reports. Now, Celtics fans might have not even heard his name, but it’s a fact that he might be the best option the team currently has at center.
Vitor Faverani proved out to be a superb defender for the C’s but also a player who can score on offense. During a pre-season game against the Brooklyn Nets, Faverani recorded a 15-point, 7-rebound and 6-block performance, which is at least impressive.
The Celtics just recently parted ways with their big man pick of the 2012 NBA Draft, Fab Melo, who failed to meet the expectations the team had. Jared Sullinger, who was drafted also during the NBA Draft of the previous season, provided a good presence at power forward. He is a player that can produce scoring and when healthy, also be consistent. The Celtics’ recent draft pick, Kelly Olynyk also came to provide spacing and shooting abilities in Boston’s frontcourt. Now, Faverani’s addition seems to be a great fit, as he adds a big presence with solid defensive skills to fulfill the team’s gaps in the front line.
Vitor Faverani might in fact be the only true center in the Celtics’ roster and that’s exactly why he is essential to the team. The C’s are expected to use Brandon Bass and Kris Humphries at the center spot, too. However, none of them can stay firm against the teams that have bulk and size inside. This translates to more minutes for Faverani and a bigger role on both ends of the floor.
Although he is still unknown ground for the Celtics and for the rest of the league, Vitor Faverani has shown that he can be the missing piece for Boston this season. Of course, he still has much room for improvement, mainly on the offensive end of the court. However, up to now he has shown great energy and will to contribute. If he ends up playing at the starting center position, he could end up being a 10-12 point, 8-rebound and 1.5-2.0 block type of center, which will be more than ok for the Celtics.
It’s still too early for Boston to celebrate, but they might have found a steal during this summer in Vitor Faverani.