Meet our New Hawks: Walter Tavares

Name: Walter “Edy” Tavares
Fomer team: Gran Canaria (That’s in Spain)
Height: 7 foot 2
Weight: 265
What is his game like?
Walt is freaking huge. But he’s also extremely mobile. This helps his game which mostly consists of grabbing boards and packing the lunches of the other team. Edy grabs 13 rebounds per 40 minutes, 9 of them on defense and 4 on offense. He also averages 3 blocks per 40, the same as Anthony Davis and Serge Ibaka. He also accounted for 60% of his teams blocks. Ya boy can protect the rim. But surely he can’t shot free throws? Big guys can’t shoot free throws. WRONG! He shot 72% from the charity stripe last season. Oh yeah and did I mention the first time he picked up the basketball was 2010? He has been developing at the speed of light and has the tools to make a huge jump.

Why did the Hawks draft him?
The Hawks are still looking for a player that will allow them to move Big Al to power forward. So why not take a gamble on a 7 foot 2 rim-protecting, rebounding behemoth with huge upside in the second round? The Hawks need size inside, defense and rebounding and Tavares brings all of these things. Plus Danny Ferry and Coach Bud love international players.

Ok but what are his weaknesses?
He started playing basketball 4 years ago. His offensive game was 60% points off of offensive rebounds and cuts, and most of those were dunks. He needs to develop his touch on the glass. He has good shooting mechanics but he doesn’t shoot outside 5 feet. He also doesn’t have a post game. He fouls way too much, and while he is a beast in the paint, he can’t guard opponents outside and is especially weak on pick and rolls.

Are his weaknesses correctable?

Edy has shown major development every season he has played, so he can learn. Coach Bud will help him with his shot. And he can learn how to defend pick and rolls as well as foul less. But improving in the Spanish league is vastly different from improving in the NBA. He might be simply overwhelmed by the difference in talent and athleticism. But his potential is enormous if he can adapt to the NBA.

Here comes our boy Edy blocking shots, grabbing boards and throwing down nasty dunks set to a sick beat

Walter will be challenged like never before in the NBA. I hope he uses the challenge to grow develop and become a solid NBA Player. Here’s to you Edy and hoping you can capitalize on your massive potential.

Kyle is a student at Georgia Tech and has taken it upon himself to rewrite his own bio. He has a ton of #HOTSPORTSTAKES and general sports thoughts floating around in his head. It is good that he now has this blog to express those thoughts instead of rambling about them to random strangers on the street. Kyle loves basketball and football and baseball and all other sports. His unedited articles are a grammatical nightmare for K.

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