Fantasy: The Indestructible Adición
Here's what we know about Vitor Faverani (only 37% owned in Yahoo leagues) thus far:
- He was only a backup for Valencia in the Spanish League last year, but...
- ...he was a very productive backup...
- ...Spanish League Per 36 averages in '12-13: 19.2 Ppg, 55.0% FG, 0.2 3Pt, 79.3% FT, 9.5 Rpg, 1.5 Bpg
- He's the only true big man on Boston.
- Preseason Per 36 averages: 16.6 Ppg, 51.1% FG, 0.9 3Pt, 75% FT, 10.2 Rpg, 3.0 Bpg
- First 2 games: 32.0 Mpg, 12.5 Ppg, 53.3% FG, 0.0 3Pt, 64.3% FT, 10.5 Rpg, 4.5 Bpg
- His nickname is "El Hombre Indestructible"
- We all just voted and unanimously agree he's got the best nickname in the NBA
Now, we know Boston is in transition mode. That means their "keepers" are going to eventually get the lion's share of minutes.
- Frontcourt players on Boston signed beyond this season: Gerald Wallace, Jeff Green, Brandon Bass, Jared Sullinger, Kelly Olynyk... and Faverani.
That's actually quite the crowd, BUT, Wallace (31 years old) and Bass (28) are not perceived as building blocks in this youth movement so they could eventually see themselves pushed to the back of the line. While Green could play some 4, he's likely entrenched as the 3 (and may even see more time at the 2). So you're left with Sullinger, Olynyk, and Faverani as the frontcourt trio who the Celtics view as "the future" at the 4 and 5 (at least as far as this season is concerned). While Boston has slightly more invested in Sullinger and Olynyk given they were 1st Round picks, the reality is, they're all set up to wear Celtics green for the next three years.? While I don't see Bass or Wallace ever being fully eliminated from the picture as long as they're in Boston, Bass is a decent bet to hit the trade market (affordable 1 year/$7.5 mil after this season) and Wallace a prime buy-out candidate later on.
Moral of the story is -- if you like Faverani now (and clearly you should), his stock could be even higher later on in the season. Those 32 minutes in the season's first two games might not be an ideal indicator -- Sullinger was suspended for the opener, and Brad Stevens let him run wild for 37 minutes Friday as he was seemingly pulling down every rebound and blocking every shot in sight (18 rebounds, 6 blocks!). In the short-term, it's safe to think Faverani holds onto the starter's gig with the way he's played so anything less than 25 minutes/game would be mildly surprising. There's a Varejao-esque motor to his game that's impossible to overlook when you watch him. No doubt that's also caught the eye of Brad Stevens, a coach who notoriously preaches defense.
"El Hombre Indestructible" is a must-add right now. While last night's ridiculous 18 rebound/6 block performance might have set lofty expectations, we still think both his short-term and long-term value warrant immediate ownership. And because you're going to ask, here's an educated guess on his final season averages, 27.6 Mpg, 11.2 Ppg, 52.5% FG, 0.3 3Pt, 74.6% FT, 9.4 Rpg, 1.8 Bpg.