TORONTO — Celtics coach Brad Stevens has kept his potential starting five a secret for weeks and his the first lineup of his new regime is rather surprising.
Stevens said Avery Bradley, Jeff Green, Gerald Wallace, Brandon Bass and Vitor Faverani will start tonight against the Toronto Raptors as the Brazilian will start his first NBA game. Stevens said with his international experience, work ethic and performance in the preseason, Faverani, 25, deserves his opportunity.
Faverani, the Celtics’ lone legitimate center, has played the past eight years overseas professionally, including the past two with Valencia BC in Spain. He averaged 7.3 points and 4.4 rebounds in eight preseason games.
“He has been through a lot,” Stevens said. “He has been a pro. He’s played in great environments. But he also understands how pros operate, what the season is like. The thing that struck me about Vitor from the first time I met him was how much a team-oriented person he is and how important that collective group is to him.”