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Vitor Faverani is #4 in Thorpe’s Rookie Watch

 

The great David Thorpe dropped his latest Rookie Watch rankings today, and he listed Vitor Faverani and his strange fauxhawk at fourth overall. Lest you get too excited, Faverani is #4 in what Thorpe himself says “might be the worst rookie class in NBA history.” He comes in behind:

  • Michael Carter-Williams: two great games, three terrible games, three missed games. Thorpe seems to mostly like his confidence. Whatever, he’s from Hamilton so he’s chill.
  • Steven Adams: 4.8 ppg, 4.7 rpg. Gotta have one of those four-four guys on your squad. Thorpe rests most of his argument on the fact that Adams didn’t react much when Vince Carter elbowed him in the cheekbone. This year, you can be the number-two rookie in the NBA if you handle yourself like a mature adult, mister.
  • Nate Wolters: “(Wolters) entered the week having missed every three he has taken (12) since the second game of the season.”

I actually like all those guys okay (my girlfriend also recently called Steven Adams “handsome”). But dang. They’re all supposed to be pleasant surprises, not the current Rookie of the Year frontrunners.

But Vitor is definitely a pleasant surprise, especially for an undrafted guy. After the jump, hear about how Thorpe has come to enjoy Vitor’s versatility!

“Faverani continues to impress with his solid rebounding numbers and good perimeter shot with 3-point range. He made back-to-back 3s from the same spot (top of the key) against Minnesota, which is important because almost any player in the league can make a single 3 in a game, but making two straight is far more difficult. He blocked four shots in that game, too, and is averaging over one block per game. He’s the rare big man who can rebound, shoot from distance and block shots well.”

Also, there are eight other undrafted guys in the top 30. Gal Mekel, Pero Antic, Dionte Christmas, Dwight Buycks, Brandon Davies, Hollis Thompson, Phil Pressey, and something called Ian Patrick Clark. 30% of the top 30 rookies were not drafted. Also Robbie Hummel, who was picked 58th, is 16th.

Kelly Olynyk comes in at #13, meanwhile, mirroring his actual draft pick.

“Olynyk played well enough in the Orlando Summer League to suggest he’d be having more of an impact in the NBA than he he’s had. It’s an example, though, of how overrated playing four years of college basketball can be. As documented here in previous reports, Olynyk still makes plenty of mental mistakes and his shot is not as crisp as Boston hoped it would be. That is not to suggest he can’t make big strides. Of course he can. It helps that he’s getting lots of minutes so he can hopefully be able to figure things out in time.”

Seems fair for a seven-footer shooting 39 percent from the floor! Phil Pressey is 28th, only seven spots behind Anthony Bennett:

“He’s getting a good amount of playing time for Boston, but his pass-first mentality is making it even more difficult to score than it otherwise would be.”

Cool!

 

  • http://CelticsHub.com Brendan Jackson

    Obviously, you don’t watch Summer League! Or you do and you only recognize him by his alias, “Ian Patrick BUCKETS”

  • Jared

    "his pass-first mentality is making it even more difficult to score than it otherwise would be."

    bahahahahaha you don't say

  • hax

    In other words, Danny Ainge did good.
    A no-name from Brazil actually competing for ROTY.
    Olynyk is off to a slow start, yet still worthy of the 13th pick gonig by thorpe.
    And undrafted pressey is closing in on the top overall pick.

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