How Each New Acquisition Will Fit into Boston Celtics 2012-13 Rotation
The Boston Celtics were busy acquiring top-notch talent this offseason and have found just the right players for a 2013 championship run.
Jason Terry leads the list of names of players the Celtics were able to acquire. The veteran SG was the one candidate on the market that had the potential to fulfill Ray Allen's role and these Celtics were able to reel him in.
Yet each of these tremendous assets are all the more essential because they all fill particular voids this team had last season. Rivers and his coaching staff will surely find a way to best put to use each player's talent.
Doing so sooner than later could well be the difference for this title-contending team.
These are the four key acquisitions the Celtics added this offseason and how each player will fit right into the team's rotation.
Courtney Lee, SG
Courtney Lee has hid behind the immense hype surrounding Ray Allen and Eric Gordon, but he is no talent to be taken lightly.
In fact, Lee is easily one of the more underrated shooting guards in the league.
Last season in his fourth season in the league, the former Houston Rockets stud was playing over 30 minutes per game while scoring 11.4 points and grabbing 2.7 rebounds per contest. Lee has experience as a starter in the league and it will bode well for him in Boston.
The other key here is his ability to slash to the basket and shoot the ball consistently. As tough-minded and physical as Avery Bradley is on both ends, he is also an especially hesitant and inconsistent shooter.
Lee on the other hand, is one of the more efficient shooters in basketball. He shot the ball 43.3 percent from the field and 40.1 percent from distance last season. Not to mention, in those major minutes he turned the ball over just 1.1 times per contest.
Make no mistake about it, Rivers will find a way to have Lee contributing 20 to 25 minutes per game to produce key bench points for the Celtics.
Fab Melo, C
Greg Stiemsma was brought into the rotation to play tough defense and provide a shot-blocking presence in the paint.
The No. 22 pick in the 2012 draft, Fab Melo is the type of player with the potential to fill that void.
Melo did not put up the greatest of numbers in Orlando or Las Vegas, but it was clear he was a step above the rest defensively.
Time and time again, Melo was constantly altering shots and did just the same in his days with the Syracuse Orange. In his second season with the team, he posted an impressive 2.9 blocks in just 25.4 minutes per game.
Talk about impressive.
If Melo can make a positive impression this summer, don't be surprised if Rivers finds a way to incorporate him in the rotation for 10 to 15 minutes per contest.
Jared Sullinger, PF
At the No. 21 pick, the Celtics had now idea they would land a top-five caliber stud like Jared Sullinger.
The former Ohio State Buckeye has had an especially positive summer league with the team. He finished off the summer games with 10-plus rebounds in three of his last four contests.
Sullinger is a promising player below the rim, much like Glen "Big Baby" Davis was for the team several seasons ago. If he can step up his play early on in the season, he will provide the Celtics with a guy who can give Kevin Garnett consistent rest.
If Sullinger can produce strong numbers, expect Rivers to integrate the power forward talent regularly in the lineup.
Jason Terry, SG
His arrival is as anticipated as any of the new acquisitions, and he will clearly be the biggest difference-maker as well.
The tables have now turned with Terry playing with the Celtics next season.
For one, this is a player that can shoot the three-point shot with utmost consistency. Although Ray Allen is joining forces with the Miami Heat, Celtics fans can be assured Terry can provide the shooting touch. Last season his 37.8 percent mark from the three was the best since the 2006-07 season with Dallas.
Not to mention, he adds a unique championship experience as well. Not only does he have a title under his belt, but it was also one that came against LeBron James and the Heat. Miami is the one team standing in the way of an NBA Finals appearance from Boston. Adding Terry, a talent who has taken down this same Heat team, is exactly what this team will need next season.
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