Edy Tavares

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Edy Tavares
Edy Tavares (37334301350).jpg
No. 22 – Real Madrid
Position Center
League Liga ACB
EuroLeague
Personal information
Born (1992-03-22) March 22, 1992 (age 25)
Maio, Cape Verde
Nationality Cape Verdean
Listed height 7 ft 3 in (2.21 m)
Listed weight 265 lb (120 kg)
Career information
NBA draft 2014 / Round: 2 / Pick: 43rd overall
Selected by the Atlanta Hawks
Playing career 2009–present
Career history
2009–2015 Herbalife Gran Canaria
2011–2013 La Palma
20152016 Atlanta Hawks
2015–2016 Austin Spurs
2015 Canton Charge
2016 Bakersfield Jam
2016–2017 Raptors 905
2017 Cleveland Cavaliers
2017 Raptors 905
2017–present Real Madrid
Career highlights and awards

Walter Samuel "Edy" Tavares da Veiga (born March 22, 1992) is a Cape Verdean professional basketball player for Real Madrid of the Liga ACB and the EuroLeague. He was selected with the 43rd overall pick in 2014 NBA draft by the Atlanta Hawks and has played internationally for the Cape Verde national basketball team. Though considered to be a raw prospect, Tavares is a physical phenomenon, standing 7'3" tall and possessing a 7'9" wingspan.[1]

Early life[edit]

Tavares was born in Cape Verde on the island of Maio. He did not play any basketball until he was 17 years old, and his talent was discovered by a German tourist who was on vacation in Cape Verde in 2009.[2][3]

Professional career[edit]

Spain[edit]

From 2009 to 2011, Tavares played for CB Gran Canaria's junior team in the Liga EBA.[3] In 2011, he was loaned to UB La Palma of the LEB Oro for the 2011–12 season. In 2012, he returned to Gran Canaria and made his Liga ACB debut on January 6, 2013. He also played three games for La Palma in 2012–13 as well.

In April 2013, Tavares declared for the 2013 NBA draft[4] but later withdrew his name and returned to Gran Canaria for the 2013–14 season.

On June 19, 2014, Tavares re-signed with Gran Canaria on a three-year deal,[5] while still remaining eligible for the 2014 NBA draft.[6]

On June 26, 2014, Tavares was selected with the 43rd overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft by the Atlanta Hawks, becoming the first Cape Verdean-born player to be drafted in the NBA.[7] On August 26, 2014, it was announced Tavares would return to Gran Canaria for the 2014–15 season.[8] During their 2014–15 season, Tavares earned All-EuroCup First Team honors.

Atlanta Hawks[edit]

On July 6, 2015, Tavares joined the Atlanta Hawks for the 2015 NBA Summer League.[9] Three days later, he signed a multi-year deal with the Hawks.[10] He made his debut for the Hawks on October 29, recording one point and one rebound in a 112–101 win over the New York Knicks.[11] During his rookie season, using the flexible assignment rule, Tavares received multiple assignments to the Austin Spurs, Canton Charge and Bakersfield Jam of the NBA Development League.[12] On October 31, 2016, he was waived by the Hawks after appearing in one game for the team in the 2016–17 season.[13]

Raptors 905[edit]

On November 12, 2016, Tavares was acquired by Raptors 905 of the NBA Development League.[14] On February 6, 2017, he was named in the Eastern Conference All-Star team for the 2017 NBA D-League All-Star Game.[15] At the season's end, he was named the recipient of the NBA Development League Defensive Player of the Year Award.[16]

Cleveland Cavaliers[edit]

On April 12, 2017, Tavares signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers.[17] He made his debut for the Cavaliers that night, recording 10 rebounds and 6 blocks in a 99–83 loss to the Toronto Raptors.[18] Tavares did not play at all in the 2017 playoffs due to a hand injury.[19] On October 11, 2017, Tavares was waived by the Cavaliers.[20]

Brief return to Raptors 905[edit]

Shortly after getting waived by the Cavaliers, Tavares returned to Raptors 905, ultimately playing only one regular season game for them, scoring 13 points, with 10 rebounds and 3 blocks vs. the Grand Rapids Drive on November 5, 2017.

Return to Spain[edit]

On November 10, 2017, Tavares signed with Real Madrid until the end of the 2019–20 season.[21][22]

Career statistics[edit]

Domestic leagues[edit]

Season Team League GP MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2011–12 UB La Palma LEB Oro 21 6.7 .552 .000 .333 1.7 .0 .2 .5 1.6
2012–13 Herbalife Gran Canaria Liga ACB 12 5.6 .500 .000 .667 2.2 .2 .2 .5 1.5
2013–14 35 20.7 .593 .000 .722 6.8 .3 .5 1.5 6.0
2014–15 36 22.0 .583 .000 .628 7.9 .3 .8 1.8 8.0

NBA[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2015–16 Atlanta 11 0 6.6 .579 .000 .375 1.9 .3 .1 .6 2.3
2016–17 Atlanta 1 0 4.0 1.000 .000 .000 1.0 .0 .0 .0 2.0
2016–17 Cleveland 1 0 24.0 .750 .000 .000 10.0 1.0 .0 6.0 6.0
Career 13 0 7.8 .625 .000 .273 2.5 .3 .1 .9 2.5

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "22 – Walter Tavares". NBADraft.com. Retrieved May 8, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Walter Tavares: The biggest unknown in the draft". HoopsHype.com. May 8, 2013. Retrieved May 8, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Who Is Walter Tavares: Meet NBA Draft's Mystery 7-Footer". BleacherReport.com. June 7, 2014. Retrieved June 7, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Walter Tavares declares for the NBA Draft". Sportando.com. April 22, 2013. Retrieved April 22, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Gran Canaria extends Walter Tavares for three years". Sportando.com. June 19, 2014. Retrieved June 19, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Draft prospect Walter Tavares signs three-year deal with Gran Canaria". CBSSports.com. June 20, 2014. Retrieved June 20, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Tavares selected 43rd by the Hawks". SuperSport.com. June 27, 2014. Retrieved June 27, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Tavares back for another season with Gran Canaria". AJC.com. August 26, 2014. Retrieved August 26, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Edy Tavares, Mike Muscala Headline Hawks' Summer League Roster". NBA.com. July 6, 2015. Retrieved July 6, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Hawks Sign Walter "Edy" Tavares". NBA.com. July 9, 2015. Retrieved July 13, 2015. 
  11. ^ "Hawks beat Knicks 112-101 for 1st victory of the season". NBA.com. October 29, 2015. Retrieved October 29, 2015. 
  12. ^ "2015-16 NBA Assignments". NBA.com. Retrieved December 30, 2015. 
  13. ^ "Hawks Request Waivers On Edy Tavares". NBA.com. October 31, 2016. Retrieved October 31, 2016. 
  14. ^ "RAPTORS 905 ACQUIRE EDY TAVARES". NBA.com. November 12, 2016. Retrieved November 15, 2016. 
  15. ^ "Rosters for 2017 NBA Development League All-Star Game Presented By Kumho Tire". NBA.com. February 6, 2017. Retrieved February 7, 2017. 
  16. ^ "Edy Tavares Named 2016-17 NBA D-League Defensive Player of The Year". NBA.com. April 18, 2017. Retrieved April 19, 2017. 
  17. ^ "Cavaliers Sign Dahntay Jones and Edy Tavares". NBA.com. April 12, 2017. Retrieved April 12, 2017. 
  18. ^ "Raptors prep for playoffs, beat "resting" Cavaliers 98-83". ESPN.com. April 12, 2017. Retrieved April 13, 2017. 
  19. ^ Chiari, Mike (May 14, 2017). "Cavaliers Center Walter Tavares Out Indefinitely with Hand Injury". BleacherReport.com. Retrieved May 14, 2017. 
  20. ^ "Cavaliers Waive Edy Tavares". NBA.com. October 11, 2017. Retrieved October 11, 2017. 
  21. ^ "Official Announcement: Tavares | Real Madrid CF". Real Madrid C.F. - Web Oficial. 10 November 2017. Retrieved 10 November 2017. 
  22. ^ "This is Walter Tavares | Real Madrid CF". Real Madrid C.F. - Web Oficial. 10 November 2017. Retrieved 10 November 2017. 

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