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C’s signing Brazilian center Vitor Faverani

John - Red's Army (@RedsArmy_John) July 15, 2013 Celtics News, Free Agency 67 Comments

The Celtics are apparently stockpiling Brazilian centers (WE’RE COMING FOR YOU NENE!!!!) with the impending signing of Vitor Faverani.  I’ll be honest, I don’t know anything about him, but our good friend Jeff Garcia from Project Spurs is quite well versed in international hoops.  In fact, he worked out for the Spurs earlier this month.

According to our good friends over at Spurs Brazil, Faverani’s current team, Valencia (former team of Tiago Splitter and Nando De Colo), let him travel to San Antonio simply for workout sessions. It is highly unlikely the big man from Brazil makes the squad.

Vitor is a 259 lbs., 6’11” center. With Valencia in the Spanish league, he averaged 9.3 points, 4.6 rebounds, and shot 59% from the field in 23 games.

Here are his full stats from the ACB league in Spain, which Jeff tells me is one of the best in the country, and in Europe.  Here are some highlights:

Jeff calls Faverani slow-footed, but physical and unafraid to do the dirty work.  I’m not sure what this signing means for Colton Iverson, who displayed similar characteristics in Orlando.  It’s also interesting to see what the impact will be on Fab Melo.

Contract details are unknown at the moment.

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  • Curt Hays

    Get Leandro Barbosa back and then our team can call out plays in Portugese…that’d be sneaky.

    • Chulinho

      Can’t call plays from the bench.

      • Curt Hays

        You mean that the Vitor/Blur/Fab trio isn’t a blockbuster??

        • Chulinho

          Lmao.

        • Tommy_Heinson

          Definitely could be the new Big 3 in Boston….

      • frickenWaaaltah

        but Doc isn’t coaching anymore. Our good bench players might actually get a chance now.

        • Chulinho

          Lol. That wasn’t my point, but I get what you’re saying.

  • Jester00

    less then 5 boards a game really? why does this feel like the movie Major League only in Basketball!!!! who is next Jason Kapono and Leon Powe?

    • Nathan Hodge

      He only played 17 minutes a game. Sully played about 20 minutes/game and averaged under 6 rebounds. Roughly about the same

      • eddysamson

        Thats good perspective, thanks

      • Raoul

        Sully also plays in the NBA, is 4 years younger, and is 2 inches shorter.

      • Jester00

        Thx Rauol you beat me to the punch

  • LA Flake

    For the first time in 30+ years, I am unable to name every single player on the Celtics roster. I used to be able to name every player and where they went to college but at the moment I can only think of maybe 7 or 8 players off the top of my head. Man…this is going to take time.

    • eddysamson

      Its not that bad…Rondo, Green, Lee, AB, Shav, Olynyk, Sully, Iverson, Melo, Crawford, Brooks, Bass, Wallace, Humphries, Bogans, Joseph and perhaps Pressey?

      I think I got them all…thats 17

      • wil

        well 18 with the victooooooooor! lol we can only keep 15? i think kris Joseph is gonna get cut twice by the Celtics, which is pretty harsh.

        Well according to john k., c’s will be leaning to keeping Fab Melo, and Colton iverson, so shav might pretty much lose a spot. Even pressey might not make it

        • eddysamson

          Yeah its kind of sad. The people we SHOULD be holding on to are Shav+Pressey(was Twill before), they are perfect for a rebuild year, but due to Iverson, Melo, and our slew of 2 guards/wings its probably not going to happen =/

          oh just remembered, Shav showed up to summer league to hang with the Celtics. I wonder if he knows he’s staying then? Or just doesn’t care and wanted to go anyways?

          • wil

            yeah, now we cant even hold on to them because our roster got filled up with trash.

            i really think Twill and JCraw wouldve made a good tandem off the bench, lol now we need to trade jcraw too coz he wont be happy with his minutes lol

            Well, CLee and Green showed up, Shav got a celtic heart and cares for the team too, i think thats why he showed up, that guy is a fighter with tissue on his nose lol

          • eddysamson

            yep thats exactly why I want Shav to stay. Sure it was the China league but can we just remember he averaged 32ppg and like what was it 12rpg over there? That is NUTS

          • wil

            He actually learned our defensive playstyle, he takes charges, and fights for loose balls.

            I think his offensive skillset will get realized with rondo back and brad stevens.

            he has excellent footwork and offensive awareness. not to mention the ball sticks in his hands like it has glue lol

            sad to think that we finally find cheap workable talent and one got waived and the other is not getting a spot lol

        • LA Flake
          • wil

            yeah lol celtics shouldve just let him be in Nets lol

          • adam

            saw him play at a couple armor games. the dude could ball. oh well. they have too many players as is.

      • LA Flake

        It’s not a great roster but Danny definitely has some assets there. Rondo, Green, Lee, AB, Olynyk, Sully, Brooks, Humphries: They all have value. Maybe even Bass, too. And Bogans. Add in our 500 picks in the next 3 years and all of a sudden our situation doesn’t look too bad.

    • KGino

      Look at it this way… by the time we’re getting good again, Lebron won’t be nearly as dominant as he is today.

      I mean I wish we were the team that would take him down, but danny traded that team away.

    • jrleftfoot

      how about when they traded rosters with Buffalo?

  • wil

    He knows how to play, gets in great position, and finishes strong, would like to know if he can post up though. Shav deserves a spot more than iverson and fabmelo. i hope he doesnt get cut.

    Players that i want traded is Jordan Crawford, C Lee, Melo, wallace and Bass.

    i’d take humph over bass coz that 10mil expiring contract is pretty big.

    • jrleftfoot

      Iverson has potential to be better than Shav,and he`s younger, stronger

      • wil

        i dont know about that, there’s a pretty huge difference right now in skill.

        Shavlik has pretty good basket ball iq, Shavlik’s foot work and composure under the paint is amazing. Shavlik is a really good rebounder too. I still believe that shav can score at will if given the chance.

        Colton is just one of those bigmen that are really helpful but not really lol He sets hard screens, rebounds, But is an offensive liability and not a shot blocker.

        Colton is like Jason Collins. Agood bruiser, but thats all he is.

        • jrleftfoot

          You may be right, but the fact that he hasn`t previously made an NBA roster leaves me skeptical.

          • wil

            Believe it or not, players get better.

            Shav got some major minutes that he wouldnt have gotten in the NBA. He did average 32/12 in china, you wont get that averages even china if you dont know how to play, he isnt athletic or overpowering. He did by skill.

            I think Shav played in the nba before

          • wil

            you cant doubt players because of what you dont see, or understand, even jordan got cut from his highschool team and now most people would say he isthe goat

          • jrleftfoot

            Bro you`re reaching. Jordan wasn`t 29 YOA when he was in high school. Shavlik is at best , a mediocre NBA player.. He`s replaced Stiemsma as the latest Celtic great white hope. I suggest transferring your affection to KO. If he was as good as all his acolytes seem to think ,I`m pretty sure he`d have a guaranteed contract somewhere.

          • wil

            im not saying shav is jordan. lol But many players in the league can make a difference given a chance. I’ve watched plenty of big men come and go with the celtics.

            Stiemsma is a better shotblocker, not a necessarily better team defender than shavlik. Shavlik is a way better rebounder. i know this because Stiemsma started with the c’s not even using two hands when grabbing a rebound. And shavlik is a way better offensive player than stiemsma, then why does stiemsma have an nba contract and shavlik none?

            im calling it as i see it. And from what ive seen, Shavlik can play, he was the best bigman we have had since shaq. Better than Jermaine Oneal, Wilcox, Ryan hollins, Stiemsma, and any other bigman that i remember.

            FFS, even hollins and jermain oneal still have contracts and much worse bigmen in the nba.

            if he hasnt been playing in the nba it doesnt mean that he does t belong there.

  • RedsLoveChild

    Excellent signing by DA…..you cannot help but be impressed by the {tanking} potential of the roster Ainge is putting together for 2013-14!

    Be patient…DA knows what he`s doing…it WILL pay off in the long run!

    • LA Flake

      It will all be worth it if we can somehow land a top 3 pick next year. Our chances will be boosted by David Stern’s departure, too. Just sayin’.

      • RedsLoveChild

        It`ll happen…third time is the charm!
        {strategy backfired in `97 & `07}

  • zippittyay

    Hey, he can catch the ball AND dunk with one hand. Sets a mean pick. Shooting near 60% means he knows his role. Could be the new Crowd Faverani at the Garden….

    • wil

      nice pun

  • LA Flake

    OK, knowing John and Chuck are both Rondo fanboys, I’m surprised I didn’t see this posted on Redsarmy:

    Or did I just miss it somehow? Anyway, I really appreciate what Rondo said about never playing for the Heat. Rondo just made it really difficult for me to criticize him. John and Chuck may have to make room on their Rondo bandwagon.

    • http://redsarmy.com/ John Karalis

      HA HA HA… Chuck just got called a Rondo fanboy. I love it.

      • LA Flake

        He’s not? Ain’t no shame in loving Rondo. I’m warming up to him after watching that clip!

    • chuckmckenney

      I’ve always been fairly critical of Rondo’s game and demeanor. But… the sports talk radio criticism of his game has reached an absurd level over the past few months. So I’m forced to “defend” the guy and suddenly I’m a fan boy. Unreal!

      • LA Flake

        my bad, chuck. i often read your site on my iphone and it never shows the name of the author

  • Evan Murphy

    No one takes charges in Spain

  • KGino

    I don’t think Iverson or Fab will play for us this year… I think this is a sign that Danny isn’t pleased with Fabs progress (can’t really blame Iverson, maybe he’ll get better) and wants a more experienced big on the roster. Fabs still wayyyyy too rough around the edges.

    • Curt Hays

      I’m scared to admit that you’re right. How is Colt 45 less valuable than Big Baby? DA hung on to Baby forever. Was DA just afraid to put Baby in a corner, or what?

      • Raoul

        If Baby got a chance, Colt 45 deserves one. Melo already had his. He sucks. There’s nothing more to it.

  • Lee in Oregon

    He’s “invincible”.

    I think it’s so long Shav since his dough isnt guaranteed. I’d be sweating if I were Fab. Kris Joseph got dropped earlier but still gotta lose at least 2 guys to get to 15. I hope Pressey makes it. Go Danny! Go C’s!

  • Raoul

    Eh, not impressed. I don’t like that we’re still shopping for nobodies. We have plenty to shed. Work with what we have for once. We use guys like Randolph and Melo for frikkin’ 10 minutes a season. What’s the point? Either develop someone or get a proven NBA player. Honestly, I’m tired of this crap. DJ White we got from China too. What’s the point? No player is going to be able to “show you their stuff” practicing against their teammates and playing 2mins per game they actually do play in. Vitor was drafted in 2009 barely making into now, and I bet you he’s no Ricky Rubio. or Nikola Pekovic for that matter.

    • wil

      well, im telling you right now fab aint better than this guy, watched thr summer league games and still looks lost most of the time

      • Raoul

        Lol hell no Fab isn’t better than this guy.. but forget both of them. It’s like every time we have solid white big men, Ainge gets scared and acquires someone with color just to be safe. Remember Fab was supposed to fill a void at the 5? We are perfectly fine with Olynyk, Iverson, and Randolph. Any development staff that’s worth their weight can make those three function as a terrifying unit.

        • http://redsarmy.com/ John Karalis

          this is one of the most idiotic comments I’ve read

          • Raoul

            It was a joke and you could find the point in it if you get over yourself, but good job insulting one of your…. 10-15 loyal followers.

          • Raoul

            Oh look at CelticsBlog.com. They consider 40 comments a failed article.

          • zippittyay

            Quality over quantity.

          • Raoul

            Although I agree, I don’t feel it’s relevant to this site.

          • Curt Hays

            Once I ASSUMED it was a joke, I thought it was funny. But I am from Texas. That makes my perspective different than others’. You have to realize by now that John and Chuck prefer to not even have guys joking about it on their site.
            As much as Zippittyay is kidding, I have to agree with the quality over quantity thought. I think RedsArmy is doing things well.

          • Raoul

            They are doing things well, I agree. My daily morning routine is typing “re” in my address bar to get to RealGM and once I’m done there I type “red” to get here. Given that I usually am awake at 4-5am, I do this several times until new articles are posted.

            I guess I offended John by insinuating Ainge trusts minorities on his team more than white people. Although I was joking, this is the largest amount of non-African American players we’ve had on this team in a while. It’s a fact. So either take the joke or dispute my claim with numbers.

          • Raoul

            And by “claim” I mean the only important part of my post “We are perfectly fine with Olynyk, Iverson, and Randolph. Any development staff that’s worth their weight can make those three function as a terrifying unit.”

    • Raoul

      Just watched these highlight and boooooo. Wack. Colton Iverson does all that, plus he can shoot the ball from anywhere on the court with accuracy. He’s also taller. Colton has this knee-out Dirk-like fader that’s frikkin’ clean.

      • LA Flake

        yeah, i’m pulling for colt 45.

        • Raoul

          NIIIIIIICE. KO and Colt 45. I truly feel those two could be as scary as those aliases. And I think Stevens is the right coach to channel that. Just hope Ainge doesn’t go crazy. His hands get itchy when we’re not making moves.

    • LA Flake

      could be one of those “low risk, high reward” pickups. like 10 of our other players.

  • adam

    maybe this guy will teach melo some stuff. god knows Fabricio needs it. maybe iverson will spend some time in the d leauge?

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