Vitor Faverani gave Boston Celtic’s head coach, Brad Stevens, a selection dilemma with an impressive performance in the final game of pre-season against Brooklyn.
The Brazilian contributed 15 points, seven rebounds and six blocked shots as the Celtics’ won 101-97 on Wednesday night. It was quite an impression for betting fans to digest on his first NBA start.
The 6ft 11in 25-year-old is now in line to start at center for Boston when they begin their season at Toronto on Wednesday. That would mean no place for Jared Sullinger, who picked up an untimely illness and missed the pre-season finale.
Stevens said: “I don’t know when Jared comes back if we’ll start Jared or bring him off the bench. But I think generally we needed more length on the interior.”
Faverani gave his coach that length against Brooklyn, providing the Celtics with interior presence at both ends of the court. Several line betting pundits have suggested that he could be the man to snuff out the threat of Toronto’s Jonas Valanciunas.
Faverani was pleased with how he performed and was glad to repay the faith shown in him.
“Today, I think I did things good. I worked hard all day,” he said.
“The coach gave me the confidence to start the game because Sully’s not here. The most important (thing) for me that I can give back, is the confidence to him (Stevens).”
The emergence of Faverani may have Sullinger and Brandon Bass worried, but they have no reason to be, according to Stevens. He assured them they have “huge roles” to play.
The coach believes the next challenge for Faverani will be how he handles his initial success.
“I think that he’s shown nothing but a good maturity about him thus far, and I don’t have any reason to think he won’t handle it well,” Stevens added.
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