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Walter Tavares
Walter Tavares
Position: None
Born: 03/22/91
Height: 7-3 / 2.21
Weight:0 lbs. / 0 kg.
Edy Tavares will “very likely” return to Spain for another ACB League season, according to a person familiar with situation. The Hawks’ second-round draft pick (No. 43 overall) will play under season for Gran Canaria to continue his development. The 7-foot-3, 260-pound Tavares averaged 6.0 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.5 blocks in 20.7 minutes last season in Spain. Tavares played six games with the Hawks’ Las Vegas Summer League entry this month. He averaged 6.0 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.3 blocks in 16.8 minutes.
Walter Tavares, one of the best 7-foot prospects in the world, is working on a contract buyout with his team in the Spanish ACB League and will travel soon to the United States to work out for several NBA teams, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Several NBA executives believe Tavares, who is 7-foot-3, has a strong chance to work himself into the first round of this month’s NBA draft, and several teams choosing in the range of the 20s plan to bring him in for closer inspections, sources said.
Nine NBA teams were in Badalona, Spain, scouting point guard Guillem Vives (Joventut Badalona) and center Walter Tavares (Gran Canaria). The Spurs sent general manager Rodney Buford and two scouts, Dave Telep and international scouting director Claudio Crippa. Clippers general manager Gary Sacks was there too. The other teams sending people to scout the players were the Bucks, Bobcats, Heat, Lakers, Hawks, Suns and Rockets.
But there was another guy who made a statement in this Day 1 of the Copa del Rey: Walter Samuel Tavares. While his teammates struggled mightly (5 of 27 from downtown) against Real Madrid’s aggresive defense, Tavares impressed in both ends of the floor -16 points, 12 rebounds and 4 blocks-. He brutally dunked the ball, grabbed every rebound like he was playing against children, blocked four shots and altered many more. With 17 NBA scouts in the stands, the 21-year-old center from Cape Verde, known as ‘Edy’ or ‘Big Edy’, should be a first round in the next Draft. Period.
Your name is in the draft early entry list. How did you make the decision to submit your name? Walter Tavares: I want to make myself known because they don’t know me much yet. It’s basically in order to be on the radar, not to go over there now as I’m still growing as a player. I think I have a lot to learn yet. Next year I’ll be way more ready than this year. So you don’t think you’re going to stay in the draft this year. Walter Tavares: No, I don’t think so.