Knicks vs. Celtics: New York and Boston Players Who Will Define Their New Teams

Mike Hoag@MikeHoagJrCorrespondent IIOctober 20, 2012

October 11, 2012; Washington, DC, USA; New York Knicks guard Jason Kidd (50 dribbles the ball as Washington Wizards guard Jannero Pargo (7) defends in the first half at Verizon Center. The Knicks won 108-101. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-US PRESSWIRE

The New York Knicks bested the Boston Celtics 98-95 in overtime last Saturday at the XL Center in Hartford, Ct.

This weekend, the two Atlantic Division rivals meet in their second preseason matchup as they continue to gear up for the regular-season start in just 10 days.

Boston will finish its preseason against the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday and then rest until its season opener against the Miami Heat on Oct. 30.

The Knicks had two remaining preseason matchups (Philadelphia and Brooklyn) this week and will open regular-season play against the Brooklyn Nets on Nov. 1.

Both of these traditionally successful NBA franchises have added some key pieces in the offseason. Let’s take a look at which new players to watch for Saturday night as these two teams face off again.


Jared Sullinger, PF, Boston Celtics

The former Ohio State Buckeyes center was picked in the lower half of the first round by the Celtics. He’s played extremely well during Summer League play and has built on that performance with some solid games in the preseason.

Sully was pegged as somewhat undersized as a power forward in the NBA. However, he seems to be handling things nicely so far.

He won’t start but will be vital in the team’s long-term success this season due to the depth and rotational value he provides for the aging Kevin Garnett.


Jason Terry, SG, Boston Celtics

The former Sixth Man of the Year from the Dallas Mavericks was an integral cog in the team’s NBA championship run two seasons ago.

He’s a career 38 percent three-point shooter that thrives in coming off the bench and scoring in droves. That will be crucial for the C’s, who have missed the type of bench scoring that he provides.

Terry may not have the beautiful shot of Ray Allen, but he’s certainly capable of infusing and driving a bench-scoring effort that can and will keep his team in games while Paul Pierce and/or Kevin Garnett are resting.


Jason Kidd, PG, New York Knicks

Jason Kidd’s resume speaks for itself. He’s an 18-year veteran and NBA champion who has vital leadership skills and experience that will help guide the talented Knicks roster this season.

Kidd is a true all-around player that makes those around him better by his presence alone. He flat out knows what it takes to win.

Kidd’s role will be off the bench. His experience and skills will be vital to help facilitate the offensive flow and build cohesion with his teammates.

He’ll be a solid presence, voice and figure of reason for an underachieving Knicks team that has lacked stability and that veteran leadership.