Re: Is it true the Celts are hiding Fav?
posted at 11/10/2013 9:31 AM EST
Faverani started his professional basketball career at the age of 17, he is currently 25. They signed him to a three year deal, after his first two games he averaged 12.5 points/10.5 boards/2 blocks, he is 6'11" 260 pounds, he is one of the bigger guys in the NBA and very polished. They know exactly who he is at this point.
Even though he will continue to adjust to the speed of the NBA he doesn't need to make the "leap" that Olynyk does, he has played pro ball for a long time and his pro career is half over.
The Celtics aren't playing "win at all costs" basketball, they're giving key minutes to developing players who need to be on the floor like Olynyk and vets who will be packaged to make a move.
They're not "hiding" Fav as much as managing his minutes and miles, they're trying out multiple lineups to decide who they will keep going forward and who they will trade. There's no more significance to his sitting at this point than there was to Sullinger, Humphries sitting the first few games or Green sitting for a game, there are no moral victories for this team, it's all about improving and getting better.
The biggest weakness for this team to date is point guard play on the offensive end, Bradley is a very good defender but can't create offense at all. We're the 2nd best defense in the NBA but the 5th worst offensive team, when Rondo gets back you'll have a player with the defensive presence of Bradley but the ability to create offense and hand out assists, until that time they are not "going for broke" they are not expending every last resource and all their man power to win, they are trying to improve.
When you get this concept through your head, you'll see that there is no "tanking," there is only improving the only way you can in today's NBA.