Celtics Rumors: D.J. White Could Help Team's Interior Defense to Playoff Run

Josh BenjaminCorrespondent IFebruary 22, 2013

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The Boston Celtics shored up their need at guard thanks to a trade for Jordan Crawford, but a new face in the form of former Charlotte Bobcats forward D.J. White has popped up on GM Danny Ainge's radar.

According to ESPN's Marc Stein, Boston is thinking of signing White to a 10-day contract now that his season in China is over.

In 32 games for the Shanghai Sharks, the 6'9", 251-pound White posted 21.9 points and 9.7 rebounds per game. That's a far cry from his NBA career marks of 6.3 points and 3.4 rebounds per contest.

Just the same, the Celtics owe it to themselves to give White a 10-day contract at least. They are the second-worst rebounding team in the league and need a great deal of help on the inside with Jared Sullinger out for the season.

White isn't much, but he is a definite improvement over Brandon Bass—at least at this point—and could help the team go on a playoff run.

His numbers may seem low, but White's per-36 numbers show much more potential. Since he has only averaged 16.3 minutes for his career, it's no wonder that we have yet to see him at what could be his best. Per 36 minutes, the former Indiana Hoosier posts 14 points and 7.5 rebounds per game.

Also keep in mind that in his senior season at Indiana, White averaged 17.4 points and 10.3 rebounds per contest. He has the potential to be a strong interior defender, something the Celtics need if they are to go on a successful playoff run.

If Ainge opts not to sign White, he puts the Celtics at great risk of being exposed for what they really are come playoff time: an aging roster desperately clinging to any hopes of potential greatness. Having White aboard would not only take the pressure off 36-year-old Kevin Garnett but would also inject some life into aging Boston's lineup.

All that needs to happen is for Ainge to call White or his agent and make the deal happen. If he is brought aboard and successful, the Celtics' interior defense will be much tougher come the postseason.

Otherwise, the team is almost certain to suffer an early exit. If a cold streak comes along, the Celtics may not even make the playoffs at all.