Brazilian rookie center Faverani impresses

Brazilian rookie center Faverani impresses
October 9, 2013, 11:30 pm
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Vitor Faverani was in the Celtics' starting lineup for the season-opener in Toronto.

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. — As Vitor Faverani was getting dressed following the Celtics' preseason game Wednesday against New York, he had to do a double-take at the media scrum that were waiting there, to talk to him.

As surprised as Faverani was at the time, those who watched him play were just as caught off guard in the Brazalian rookie delivering a solid performance in the C's 103-102 loss to the Knicks.

Faverani came off the bench to score 11 points to go with six rebounds.

Still, it wasn't so much the point total, but the variety of ways in which they came.

There were dunks - plural not singular - mixed in with jumpers and layups.

"I think I did my job," Faverani said afterward. "I try to do my best."

The C's will need that and more this season.

The 6-foot-11 big man is the only true center on the C's roster, which means he has to make his presence felt around the basket when he enters the game.

One of the knocks on Faverani prior to the Celtics signing him this past summer to a three-year, $6.2 million contract, was that he fouled a lot and turned the ball over too frequently.

He had two turnovers on Wednesday.

As far as the diversity he showed scoring the ball on Wednesday, Faverani said, "It's my game when I come here the first time. This is my game, physical game, try to get dunks and shots open."

C's coach Brad Stevens has been pleased with the progress Faverani has made since the first day of training camp.

"Did I think he would be able to do this on Day One in Newport? No," Stevens said. "He's getting more comfortable. He still has a little bit of a language barrier, but he runs what we want to run out of time-outs. He doesn't have any problem translating what we're trying to do on the court."

There was one possession in the game in which the C's were telling Faverani to "roll" to the basket, and he instead launched a long jumper.

Still, Faverani did more than enough good things Wednesday to have both him and the Celtics feeling good about his play going forward.

"I'm very, very happy," he said. "If the dunks can help my teammates, I can show the coach I can play in the NBA. I'm very, very happy."