With the Feb. 21 NBA trade deadline quickly approaching, the Boston Celtics are slowly declining. It’s made making some big moves imperative if the franchise wants to hang onto their fading playoff hopes.
It’s the latest turn of events for a 9-8 Celtics’ team in the midst of a season that can best be described as “topsy-turvy.”
Boston began the season on a two-game slide, then quickly responded by winning their next two. The team later embarked on a three-game winning streak, then proceeded to drop three of their next four. The Celtics rank No. 15 in points scored with 97.5 per game, but also rank No. 17 in points allowed with 97.9 per game.
But the most alarming stat, and the most likely factor toward the team’s .500 pace, is the team’s rebounding woes.
Although Boston only allows opponents 42.6 rebounds per game—No. 14 in the league—the Celtics only average 37.4 rebounds themselves—last in the league. Furthermore, their minus-4.7 rebound differential is the third-worst mark in the league.
In fact, in each of the last three seasons, Boston has finished in the bottom two when it comes to rebounding.
With that said, it would be safe to hypothesize that bringing in a better presence around the glass could provide the team the boost they need to play up to their high preseason expectations.
Without further ado, here are four players the Celtics should really look into bringing in before the deadline.