Rivers and the C's will be in search for another big man this offseason.
Is the thought of crashing the offensive glass exciting to you? Does playing suffocating interior defense come second nature to you? Do you possess the common sense to avoid any and all contact with hotel room door hinges?
If you answered yes to all three of these questions, the Boston Celtics’ frontcourt opening may be just for you.
About Our Organization
Founded in 1946, the Celtics are located in Boston, Massachusetts. They play in the Atlantic Division of the NBA’s Eastern Conference. The TD Garden serves as the venue for each of Boston’s home contests.
Over the years, the team has tallied a league-best 17 NBA titles. That includes a record of eight consecutive titles from 1959 through 1966.
When you think of excellence, you’d be hard-pressed not to think of Boston.
Over the course of this past season, the Celtics finished near the bottom of the league in several categories related to the frontcourt.
The team ranked No. 29 in rebounding (39.3 rebounds per game) and last in offensive rebounding (8.1 ORPG). Conversely, opponents fared rather well against Boston in these categories, averaging 43.6 rebounds and 11.4 offensive rebounds per game. That ranked No. 24 and No. 22 respectively.
With uncertainty surrounding the future of Kevin Garnett—the team’s only productive big man—Boston’s already pressing need for a new frontcourt addition becomes even more apparent.
The team will be searching for a candidate that can serve as either a complementary fit alongside Garnett in the lineup or as a worthy replacement to the 17-year veteran.
The ideal candidate will provide a much-needed boost in frontcourt scoring.
According to Hoopsstats.com, the Celtics ranked No. 22 in the league in power forward scoring, averaging just 19.2 points per game. It’s a position that could see its offensive output drop even further with Jeff Green looking to move into the small forward position for good (12.8 PPG). That would leave Boston to rely on the largely ineffective Brandon Bass to fill the starting spot (8.7 PPG).
Center is much of the same story.
Hoops stats has the team ranked No. 18 in the league in center scoring (17.8 PPG). If Garnett does decide to leave the Celtics, he’ll take his 14.8 points per game with him too. That would leave the team with just three points per game from the center position.
The ideal candidate must also possess a superior low-post presence.
According to Teamrankings.com, Boston ranked No. 27 in the league in points in the paint, averaging just 37.5 per game. That number only got worse in the playoffs as the team averaged 29.3 per game during its six-game series loss to the New York Knicks in the first round. A lack of post scoring—other than Garnett—mixed in with a high tendency towards jump shots plagued the Celtics.
Finally, the ideal candidate must be a successful offensive rebounder.
Boston was hobbled throughout the season by poor boxing out and a lack of effort on the offensive glass. It even cost the team a game during the second half of the season. In fact, during the series-clinching game, the Knicks’ Tyson Chandler brought down nine offensive rebounds.
The Celtics will be looking for a candidate who is under the age of 30, with his best basketball still ahead of him.
Last offseason, the team gambled by picking up Jason Terry. Coming off a couple of productive seasons—including an NBA title in 2011—Terry seemed to be a perfect pickup for Boston. Except for the fact that he was 34 and on the downside of his career.
Terry averaged 10.1 points per game on 43.4-percent shooting. The Celtics would like to avoid making that mistake again.
The ideal candidate should also have a proven track record of being a team player.
Boston is a team that features a core build around several young players. The incoming candidate must be able to fit right in and improve the team. The Celtics are an organization that wins as a team, not as individuals.
Thank you for your interest in the Boston Celtics. Please forward all resumes and cover letters to GM Danny Ainge for further consideration.
We look forward to speaking with you. Good luck!