Leandro Barbosa to Celtics Further Muddles Team's Backcourt Plans for 2012-13
The team he signed with just so happens to be the least likely of candidates.
According to Adrjian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, the Brazilian star has reached an agreement with the Boston Celtics on a one-year deal. This comes on the heels of an offseason in which the Celtics signed both Courtney Lee and Jason Terry.
Free agent guard Leandro Barbosa has reached agreement on a one-year deal with the Boston Celtics, league sources tell Yahoo! Sports.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) October 17, 2012
One can only feel good for Barbosa, who had approached unemployment after nine quality seasons in the league. Despite winning the 2007 Sixth Man of the Year award, it appeared as if his demand had hit a steep decline.
Fortunately for Barbosa, the Celtics appear inclined to take a chance on his ball-handling and three-point shooting abilities. The question is, where exactly does Barbosa fit into their game plan and rotation?
With those questions unanswered, this signing simply muddles the team's backcourt plans for 2012-13.
Were the Boston Celtics right to sign Leandro Barbosa?
Where Does He Fit?
The Boston Celtics are currently set to put forth a shooting guard tandem of Jason Terry and Courtney Lee. One of those players will start, while the other will receive a high volume of minutes and likely play the role of sixth man.
Once defensive standout Avery Bradley recovers from shoulder surgery, he too will step in and compete for major minutes.
With all of this being known, where exactly do the Celtics plan to play Barbosa? He could spend time on the floor with Jason Terry as the two juggle the ball-handling duties while Rajon Rondo rests, but when else?
Playing 10 minutes a night may not be a quality enough role for Barbosa to maintain positive morale. After all, he has averaged at least 20.0 minutes a night in every season since 2006.
Preparing for injuries is a great approach to take. Sometimes egos can take precedence, however, which would leave the Celtics in shambles.
Celtics Lacked Inconsistency Until Now
One of the best things about the Celtics' perimeter players is that they are some of the most consistent shooters in the game. Although Barbosa shot 38.2 percent from beyond the arc for the year, he made just 42.5 percent of his total field goals.
During the postseason, those numbers took a significant hit. Barbosa's slash line sat at .370/.150/.500.
For this reason, it is difficult to comprehend why the Celtics went ahead and brought Barbosa in. Although his energy and quickness would benefit any team he plays for, he is only going to see minor minutes and has proven to be inconsistent while receiving them.
Unless he turns his postseason failure around, this was a deal that may harm the Celtics more than it helps them.
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