While Kevin Garnett remains one of the game's best two-way big men, it became abundantly clear during the 2012-13 season that the 37-year-old needs some help up front. Though he is still an elite post defender and a deft outside shooter, KG simply cannot do it alone as he could during his MVP-level prime.
It certainly did not help that the players Boston brought in to compliment him, bigs like Brandon Bass, Jared Sullinger, Chris Wilcox and Fab Melo, spent the year battling issues ranging from inconsistency to injury to not belonging in the NBA.
Although Garnett has not made a decision about his future according to the Boston Herald's Steve Bulpett, there is no way this team can contend without him. And if Danny Ainge and company want any shot at the Celtics' 18th banner, they need to surround KG with some more talented frontcourt teammates than he had this past season.
Fortunately, the 2013 free-agency class actually features its share of quality big men who could slide in comfortably alongside the Big Ticket. While these players range from young up-and-comers to battle-tested veterans, all of them would bring something valuable to the depleted Boston frontcourt.
As Celtics Nation anxiously awaits the front office's decision KG and Paul Pierce, let's take a moment to look at the free-agent big men who would fit best alongside Garnett.