Ravaged by injuries all year long, particularly up front, the Celtics waited out the league's trade deadline a couple weeks ago then went looking on the waiver wire. What they came up with was Ryan Hollins, an eighth-year veteran out of UCLA who, perhaps more importantly, is a seven-footer.
Hollins, who had played for four other teams in his career prior to joining the Celts last week, may not necessarily be what the C's are looking for. He's never averaged more than 2.8 rebounds per game, an astounding statistic for someone his size and a disappointment for a group as board-challenged as the C's.
But what he does provide is depth up front, something the Celtics, who are looking to add another big body as well, need desperately having gotten down to Kevin Garnett and Greg Stiemsma as their only centers. And despite his lack or any real rebounding acumen, he may be able to help in other ways.
Here's a handful of reasons how.