TORONTO — Vitor Faverani came to the Celtics as a virtual unknown. Scant video footage of the Brazilian center was available to the masses. What stood out the most about him? His nickname: El Hombre Indestructible (“The Indestructible Man.”)
But in the Celtics’ regular-season opener Wednesday against the Raptors at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, the 25-year-old rookie was in the starting lineup.
The 6-foot-11-inch, 260-pound center said he never could have imagined such a possibility — starting on opening night.
“Never — in training camp, before when I was playing [professionally] in Spain. I can’t believe it now,” Faverani said while sitting in his locker before the game.
Rookie coach Brad Stevens said he decided to start Faverani, the only true center on the Celtics’ roster, because the team would need some size and length against a stout Raptors frontline. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.