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Your Morning Dump… Where Vitor Faverani is “El Hombre Indestructible”

John - Red's Army (@RedsArmy_John) July 24, 2013 The Morning Dump 9 Comments

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Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here… highlighting the big storyline. Because there’s nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump.

The scouting report from those who have watched Faverani overseas is nearly universal: a skilled and athletic offensive player but a question mark on the defensive end.

That’s confirmed by the advanced stats from his play overseas. In 34 games for Valencia last season, Faverani averaged 0.976 points per play (324 points over 332 plays), which ranked him in the 72nd percentile among all international players, according to Synergy Sports data. His post numbers won’t wow you (0.888 ppp), but he thrived last season in the pick-and-roll (1.2 ppp) and off of offensive rebounds (1.361 ppp). He’s prone to turnovers, but his offensive skills are obvious.

ESPN Boston:  Vitor Faverani brings size, intrigue to Boston

In describing Faverani’s strengths and weaknesses, both offensively and defensively, the scout noted that Faverani can shoot and that offense, overall, is his biggest strength.

“That’s what puts him on the floor – being hard to guard versus mismatches,” the scout said. “He was never considered a defender/rebounder. He can run, is a good athlete.”

A Western Conference scout provided this take:

“He has got an NBA frame and great wingspan. He is pretty athletic and likes to work on the defensive end of the floor. He has good feet and he is good in (pick-and-roll) defense.

“He is active, can block shots from the weak side and likes to bang. This is where his nickname “El Hombre Indestructible” comes from.

Globe:  NBA scouts give their take on Faverani

I’m learning about this guy right along with you all.

Faverani has reportedly agreed to a deal that’s worth $6 million over 3 years… but Hoopsworld puts the deal a 4 years, $9 million and has it structured like a typical rookie contract with two guaranteed years, a non-guaranteed 3rd year, and a qualifying offer for a 4th year.  So it’s unclear exactly what the contract is worth at the moment.  Really, the only difference between the two is the 4th-year qualifying offer heading into restricted free agency.

One of the scouts in the Globe piece says Faverani has addressed immaturity issues that kept him from being drafted in 2009.  And by all accounts, we’re looking at a guy who likes to get down and dirty under the basket and who can display some level of effectiveness on offense.  This mirrors what our friend, and international basketball aficionado Jeff Garcia told us when the reports of signing Faverani first surfaced.

There seem to be questions about what he’ll bring to the table defensively.  I guess at that point, it’ll be up to Brad Stevens and the coaching staff to come up with a scheme that will help hide any deficiencies he may have.  Besides, with KG back there to help him out, I’m sure he’ll pick it up a li………… ooooh, sorry.  Force of habit.

In the end, approximately $2 million a year is nothing when it comes to taking a chance on a big man.  And with a nickname like “El Hombre Indestructible,” there’s at least a chance he could earn his money as an irritant.  Hell, throw him out there against Brooklyn and have him needle Garnett a bit.  I don’t know why, but I’m dying to see how C’s fans react to KG when he starts yapping at and elbowing our guys.

Hey, who knows… maybe Ainge found a bargain here.  If we’re lucky, the high concentration of Brazilian players will draw Adriana Lima into the crowd for a game or two.  That’d be good enough for me.

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  • Andrew Vellucci

    is there a good chance hell make the roster? or is he more of a training camp tryout?

    • zippittyay

      I predict he will be our opening night starter.

      • wil

        yeah lol we only got Shav and him. And since shav not signed yet, he will probably be our starter.

        If Shav does get signed, pre season games will be fun to watch. They will be fighting for the starting position

  • NE_Celt

    We went from having no real bigs to having a stockpile of them just like our SG situation…it will def be interesting to see how Stevens and DA work out who stays, who gets the boot, and who gets playing time.

    You gotta love when a guy comes in with a nickname like “El Hombre Indestructible” though…we love guys who bang on the boards and get them rebounds!!

  • Chuck Moran

    These scouts are ridiculous one says he’s an offensive player and thats why hell play the other says he loves to play defense.

  • forever_green

    Let the tanking begin…At this point we should be planning for a high draft pick..I hate it but DA put us in this situation.

  • vitamin d

    The KG part was kinda sad, John… :(

  • CoachAJ

    Colton was smart enough to see the writing on the the with the signing of Faverani. He signs with Besitkas for 2 years, but with an NBA out. Smart move by him.

  • charlie

    I don’t want our celtics to hurt kg and pierce. It wasn’t their fault they were traded and the trade was the best possible – frees up money for the team, lets them play near boston.