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Last season, the Celtics' bench was second in the league in defense, yet 29th in offense and 27th in rebounding.
This season should be a different story, given that the Celtics have a well-rounded second unit that could be the best in the NBA. With Jason Terry, Courtney Lee, Jeff Green, Jared Sullinger and Chris Wilcox pegged as key reserves, the Celtics will be able to throw a variety of lineups at opponents.
Offensively, we know that Terry can almost always be leaned on to score as he has the ability to create his own shot. Lee, though not as consistent as Terry, is a great athlete who can connect from the outside and get to the basket.
Lee is also a capable defender, as are Green, Terry and Wilcox, while rookie Jared Sullinger is a big body who will be able to use his size to muscle opposing players in the paint and fight for rebounds.
If the Celtics are going to make a serious run at the NBA finals, they need to have a bench on which they can rely. This year, it looks like they'll have that and more.