LThe last few weeks have served to confirm what was already known, that Walter Tavares is currently the most decisive player in Europe. His most recent performances and the influence he has on the game of Real Madrid so they prove it. The pivot has been the most valued of his team in eight of the last 10 games. Since they left Facundo Campazzo to the NBA, he has led the statistics in 21 of the 35 games of the white team. And in the aggregate of the season, he has done so in 27 of the 58 disputed to date.
The performance that Tavares is offering has not gone unnoticed by the NBA, always attentive to the best players on the other side of the Atlantic. From Madrid, important pieces such as Nikola Mirotic, Sergio Rodríguez, Luka Doncic or Campazzo himself. The march of the pivot would be a very hard blow for the whites, who can live a busy summer.
There have been several NBA franchises that have asked by the pivot of 2.20 meters. For the tranquility of Madrid, the giant does not intend to move. Only a dizzying offer could make you change your mind and it does not seem feasible that it can arrive. Most of the proposals are to come off the bench and Tavares prefers to remain decisive in the white team rather than risk a new American adventure.
There are NBA offers every year, but now I’m focused on Madrid
“There are offers from the NBA every year, but now I’m focused on Madrid,” he assured D Tudo 1 Pouco, a website from his native Cape Verde, in April last year. Nevertheless, the pivot does not feel the need to return to a league in which he already played between 2015 and 2017 before signing for Madrid. In his first season he played 11 games with the Hawks. In the second, one with the Atlanta franchise and one with the Cavs. In those 13 games he had averages of 7.8 minutes, 2.5 points and as many rebounds. Most of the time he played in the Development League.
In Madrid, Tavares feels valued and loved. In June 2019, he renewed for five seasons. His contract ends in 2024 and has a slightly higher clause than Campazzo had, which was six million euros. It is another handicap in the remote case that he wanted to try again in the NBA. Few franchises would offer him a salary so high as to pay for his departure without the need to do financial engineering like the Argentine base. The colossus is the highest paid player in the Madrid squad and one of the highest paid interiors on the continent.
He has earned it hard with his work and his performance. Tavares is the fourth best player in the Euroleague in valuation with an average of 18.8. They only surpass you Nikola Mirotic, Mike James and Alexey Shved. He is second in both rebounds (8.2) and blocks (1.7) and adds 11.7 points. In the Endesa League, only Giorgi Shermadini exceeds his 20.2 credits on average in valuation, is the best rebounder (8.4) and blocker (2.4) and is scoring 11.5 points per game.
The figures that show your dominance
But the statistic that best reflects its dominance is the +/-, which shows the difference between the points scored and those conceded by his team when he is on the track. Lead the two competitions: in the Euroleague, Madrid win by 7.6 when he plays and in the Endesa League, by 12.2. The white team is one with him and another much worse when he is on the bench. Depending on whether you play or not, the score either widens or shrinks. The last example, Sunday against TD Systems Baskonia: +32 in 30 minutes of play.
Since Edy started basketball at age 17, his development as a player has always been slow. It is something that is also associated with the highest. The Madridista meets these two conditions so that on the verge of 29 – he meets them in a week – he has not yet reached his peak. Is what they consider in the white club, where they believe that their best game can come when they are close to the end of their current contract. He will be 32 years old. The same is then when he tries to remove the thorn from that short adventure in the NBA. Not for now.
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