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Vitor Faverani was dubbed a “mystery man” when the Celtics signed him this offseason. Videos of the 6-foot-11-inch Brazilian center were sparse online, and, even when found, one can’t get a true sense of a player just from watching a short highlight reel.
What was known about the 25-year-old was that he was physical, hence his nickname, “El Hombre Indestructible.” He reiterated that on Celtics media day when, as he described his playing style, he said, “I like to fight.”
In the early preseason games, Faverani looked raw, as any player would without NBA experience. He was still adjusting to the speed, talent, skill, and even size of the other players, who outmatched what he faced professionally in Spain last season.
But after seven preseason games, Faverani has come far — so far that it’s likely he’ll earn considerable playing time for the Celtics this season.