Walter "Edy" Tavares: Is He The Next Big Man for the Atlanta Hawks?

Edy Tavares block against the Knicks on January 3rd





With the 43rd pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, the Atlanta Hawks selected Walter “Edy Tavares from Maio, Cape Verde. The 7’3 prospect has come a long way since that day and will look to make an impact in the NBA. Tavares has the potential to become a serviceable center in the league; however, many people don’t know what to expect from him. In Tavares first Summer League appearance two seasons ago, coaches and players knew that Tavares was going to be a very special player in the future. Coach Bud figured it would best for Tavares to play International basketball for a year in order to further develop as a professional basketball player and eventually decide if Tavares future with the Atlanta Hawks. Two years later, Tavares is still developing and earning more minutes in the D-League with the Austin Spurs and further proof of Tavares’ development are noted in his statistics. The biggest game Tavares has played thus far in the D-League was two weeks ago against the Bakersfield Jam. Edy posted an remarkable 23 points, 20 rebounds, and 3 blocks. Posting numbers like in the Bakersfield game further displays how gifted he could be going forward in the NBA. One of the most notable things each center that’s at least seven foot tall are usually mentioned for their dominance in the paint or their range due to their height. In his limited time in Coach Bud’s rotation, Hawks fans enjoy watching Tavares and hopes the third year player can develop into a key contributor in Atlanta’s front court. 

One of Edy Tavares solid games in the D-League this season


The Hawks are hoping Edy can develop into the first dominant big man Hawks fans have wanted since Dikembe Mutombo. However, Tavares still is far from becoming a starter in the NBA. One of the benefits Tavares can provide the Hawks with is a dominant presence in the paint and an even better rebounding threat. Currently, the Hawks are one of the worst teams in the in rebounding efficiency.  When Atlanta faced the Houston Rockets a few weeks ago, Coach Bud put Tavares on Dwight Howard to throw a big body in the paint and slow down Howard’s presence in the game. Tavares finished with a total of 6 points, 6 rebounds and a steal. Atlhough his statistics aren’t as flashy as you would like from Tavares, he proved that he could provide a role player impact when facing one of the elite centers in the game today. Walter Tavares can be our own version of Hassan Whiteside; a guy who spent the majority of his time in the D-League and now leads the league in blocks. Tavares deserves more playing time on the court with the other big men such as Horford, Millsap, and Splitter. Walter “Edy” Tavares is a star in the making so give him a couple of years to develop his attributes as a center and Hawks fans could be in for a surprise. As for the Hawks, you can’t help but appreciate his work ethic and never stop giving praising the man who’s just as tall as the “Empire State Building”. GO HAWKS!!!!
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Phil Veasley
Phil Veasley is a resident of Atlanta who has been a die-hard Hawks fan since 2005. He is Civil Engineer student at KSU. Currently, Phil writes for Atlanta Hawks Talk while also managing all ATLSportsHQ sites. He can be reached on Twitter at @_ATLPhil

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