Ryan Hollins Won't Help the Boston Celtics

Luis BatlleContributor IMarch 29, 2012

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Paul Pierce and the Boston Celtics have been winning basketball games since the All-Star break, andnot because of free-agent acquisition Ryan Hollins.

According to ESPN.com, the Celtics signed Hollins earlier in the week, a move that had the team waiving center Chris Wilcox.

Chris Forsberg said:

"The Boston Celtics on Friday signed center Ryan Hollins and waived forward/center Chris Wilcoxto make room on the 15-man roster, the team announced."

Celtics (28-22) have been finding ways to win basketball games consistently since the All-Star break, as the team is 13-5 since.

The key to the team’s winning ways has been in its offense, which has struggled all season long to put together consistent performances.

The Celtics have shown great strides offensively, recording at least 100 points in seven of those 18 games since All-Star weekend.  In those seven games, the team is an impressive 7-0.

It’s hard to argue with that type of efficiency.

Yet since Hollins has joined the team, he has been ineffective in his contributions. He has averaged just 2.3 points and one rebound in a mere 6.3 minutes per game. Although the playing time is out of Hollins’ hands, it is clear head coach Doc Rivers has him playing so few minutes for a reason.

Considering the team is just 18 games away from the end of the regular season, there is no question that Hollins will have plenty to learn about the Celtics' strategy and playbook. It will take time for him to find his place on the team, especially given that this is a player that hasn’t gotten more than 17 minutes per game with any of the five teams he has played for.

Keeping true to their No. 3 rank in the league defensively, the Celtics have also held opponents to fewer than 90 points in six of the 18 games.

If given the type of minutes necessary to produce, Hollins can be an especially effective defender for the team. No question about it.

Offensively, he is unproven, and will certainly take time to gel within this team in this regard.

The problem is that given the circumstances, considering the playoffs are just around the corner, it is likely that Hollins sees little playing time this season and is unable to make any sort of impact.

In the long run, the 27-year-old may well be a piece to the puzzle for Danny Ainge and his Rajon Rondo-led team. Yet for the time being, there is no question Hollins is a non-factor and will continue to be one for the remainder of the season.