Moment of the Year: His 14 rebound performance against Kevin Love and the Minnesota Timberwolves, though his three-pointer above is a close second.
Next on our attendance list is rookie center Vitor Faverani. “El Hombre Indestructible” was sidelined at the end of the season with a knee injury, but had flashes of being at least a backup center in the NBA.
He impressed during preseason against the Brooklyn Nets, and continued to show good hands and a nice touch around the basket with the ability to bang on both ends of the floor. He lacks the athleticism to be a rim-protector, but with the right coaching, he can learn to play better defense under the rim and be a presence behind guys like Jared Sullinger.
Vitor is certainly part of this team’s future plan assuming he can stay healthy. He has all of the tools to be a backup in this league, and if his defense comes along he could be starting on an NBA team by his 30th birthday (he is currently 25).
Opponents don’t seem to like playing against Faverani because he has a bit of a swagger you see in foreign players. He combines that with his raw size and brute force to make for quite the annoyance on the court for opposing big men. I see him playing with Kelly Olynyk a lot next season on a much improved second-unit.
Grade: C +