As a die-hard Celtics fan, you know quite a bit about our players. You know that Rajon Rondo is a four-time All-Star. You know that Jared Sullinger and Kelly Olynyk were Rising Stars last year. But what about the information you don’t know?
We’ve dug into the roster and pulled five little-known facts about nearly the entire team, including Brad Stevens. We’ll highlight those facts during this series, which begins today with information on Stevens, Jeff Green, Phil Pressey, Vitor Faverani and Brandon Bass. Their facts are below.
Stevens just completed his first season as the head coach of the Boston Celtics. Here are his five fun facts:
- Stevens became the 17th head coach in Celtics history when the team released the news on July 3, 2013.
- He was a four-year basketball player at DePauw University, earned a B.A. degree in economics while there, and won “Coaches Award” during the 1998-99 season.
- Stevens became the second NBA coach to lose his first four or more games and then follow that up with a win streak to reach the .500 mark. The Celtics opened the season with four straight losses before reeling off four straight wins.
- Owns the three-year (8), four-year (117), five-year (139) and six-year (165) record for best coaching starts in NCAA history.
- Began his professional career as a marketing associate at Eli Lilly and Co. in Indianapolis before shifting his career to basketball.
Green became Boston's starting small forward last season, leading the team in scoring. He's now played parts of three seasons with the Celtics. Here are his five fun facts:
- Green’s mother, Felicia, attended every home game during his career at Georgetown. The Georgetown student section greeted Felicia at each game with a “Jeff-Green’s-mom!” chant.
- Has appeared in at least 78 of 82 regular season games in five of his six NBA seasons, including two seasons (2009-10 and 2013-14) in which he started all 82 games.
- His lengthy wingspan is greater than 7-foot-1.
- Was drafted by the Celtics in 2007 but did not play for the team until 2010 due to a draft-day trade. He was reacquired from the Oklahoma City Thunder on Feb. 24, 2011.
- Scored a career-high 43 points against LeBron James and the eventual champion Miami Heat on March 28, 2013.
Pressey, who stands in at a generous 5-foot-11, is heading into his second season with Boston after being signed as an undrafted free agent last summer. Here are his five fun facts:
- Phil's father, Paul Pressey, was an assistant coach with the Celtics from 2004-06 and is viewed by many as the original “point forward” in the NBA.
- Became an Internet sensation during high school thanks to some incredible dunks, like this one.
- Shares the SEC’s single-game assist record of 19 helpers, which he dished out on Dec. 28, 2012 against UCLA.
- Phil and his two siblings, Matt and Angie, were all Division I athletes. Phil and Matt each played basketball at Missouri, while Angie played volleyball at California.
- Pressey became the first player in 37 years to record at least 10 assists without a turnover during his first career start. Pressey accomplished the feat on Jan. 15 against Toronto.
Brazilian center Faverani burst onto the scene with a strong start to his rookie campaign last October. Here are his five fun facts:
- Went undrafted during the 2009 NBA Draft.
- Full name is Victor Luiz Faverani Tatsch.
- Faverani began his professional career when he was just 18 years old.
- He was born on Cinco de Mayo in 1988, though the holiday is not celebrated in his home country of Brazil.
- Blocked a total of nine shots during his first two NBA games.
Bass, who is owns one of the purest midrange shots in the league, has now played three full seasons with the Celtics. Here are his five fun facts:
- Bass was honored as a member of LSU’s 2000s All-Decade Team in 2008, which was part of 100-year celebration of Tiger basketball.
- He learned how to swim just last year.
- Bass made the first and second 3-pointers of his career last season.
- Was born, raised and went to college in the city of Baton Rouge, La.
- Favorite food is red beans and rice.