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Walter Tavares

  • Position: Center
  • Height/Weight: 7-3 / 265
  • Birthdate: 03/22/1992
  • Club/Team: Gran Canarias (Spain)
Round 2: Pick 43
Drafted By: Atlanta Hawks 
Prospect Analysis

Strengths:

 

  • Huge size and wingspan
  • Athletic for his size
  • Great rim protector
  • Good in pick & roll
  • Good work ethic

 

Weaknesses:

 

  • Needs offensive improvement
  • Ball handling skills are weak
  • Prone to losing defensive balance and committing fouls
  • Should be a better rebounder for his size

 

NBA Projection:

Any player who is 7'3" with a 7'9" wingspan and is athletic is worth a shot to some NBA team. You can't teach height and length. Likely an early-to-mid second-round pick who will stay in Europe for 2-3 years.

 

2013-2014 Season:

Showed he has the capability of playing at a high level in his first year in the top Spanish league. In 2012-13 he averaged a double-double with 14,3 ppg and 11.0 rpg in LEB-Silver (Spain's #3 league).

 

Key Statistics:

6.0 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 1.6 bpg, 20.6 mpg, .598 2PT, .714 FT (Spain)

 

Cool Statistic:

Saved one of his best games for the last game of the season scoring 11 points, grabbing six rebounds and blocking four shots in a two-point win over Unicaja.

 

Reminds Me Of:

Tyson Chandler

 

What Insiders say:

Daniel Gomez Otero, National Coach, Basketball Torrelodones Academy (Spain)

“He's 7’3”with a wingspan of 7’9”. He has been playing basketball since 2009 .He debuted last season with Gran Canaria in ACB, but this season his contribution has been very important .He has made considerable progress in one year. An excellent shot-blocker with the capacity for intimidation on defense. He had great agility and mobility despite his height. He must improve his movements in low post. He needs more international experience before going to the NBA”.

 

Domenico Pezzella, SportLab Agency (Italy)

"Tavares is a good player starting pick-and-roll situations especially when he's rolling to the paint and attacking the rim. A very athletic and explosive scorer in dynamic rebounding situations. He also has a good hook move. His size and huge wingspan give him a chance to be a good blocker and defender. He needs offensive improvement. He is mainly just a dunker and needs to improve his left hand and the ability of create his own shots. Considering his size he is not a huge rebounder and needs to be more focused defensively especially in one-on-one and isolation situations. "

 

Robert White, ProspectNext.com

"Despite his inexperience, the 22-year-old Tavares has turned himself into a regular contributor for one of Spain’s top clubs. He has value as a defensive project where he combines his fantastic size with shot-blocking instincts. His offensive game is currently limited to powerful dunks at the rim and may never evolve into much more, however Tavares represents one of the few true center prospects in the 2014 class"

 

David Aldridge's Big Board 2014: Centers | Rank: No. 3
TNT Analyst David Aldridge breaks down the top prospects at each position
Spain's Walter Tavares is every bit of 7-foot-2, though at 22 he's a graybeard among Draft prospects. But that height and good defensive instincts make Tavares a good prospect. He shot almost 60 percent  for Gran Canaria of the ACB League, and led the team in rebounds and blocked shots per game. He does not have great feet, nor is he a great athlete. But he's so long. More>>

 

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