He started 55 games that year, averaging 9.8 points and 5.1 rebounds while shooting a tremendous 61 percent from the field.
Whenever the Celtics played the Nets, Mikki was a thorn in the Celtics' side, finishing well at the rim and demonstrating a surprisingly effective mid-range jumpshot on offense and disrupting plays defensively with his length and mobility.
I thought Mikki would add length and height to a Celtics' frontcourt, providing a 7 footer on a team that desperately needed it. I envisioned Mikki backing up KG, bringing that same type of mobility and versatility (though obviously not to the same extent) KG brings to the defense.
Offensively, I thought Mikki would score in the ways he has always scored; mid-range jumpers and hustle plays at the rim.
Fouls were pretty much the only thing Mikki provided for the Celtics. He played little to no defense and gave us very little offensively. Rebounding? Let's just say that wasn't his strong suit, either.
He seemed to be a great character guy, a solid person to have around a team, but he never seemed to gain Doc's trust, and his play was never worthy of earning more minutes.
I can understand why the Celtics didn't make a run at Smith; his contract didn't get bought out until the 11th hour, and the Celtics couldn't afford to wait around for a guy who may or may not get bought out.
Nonetheless, Smith would have been a huge upgrade over the likes of Moore and Scalabrine. In retrospect, signing Moore added more or less nothing to our team. Waiting would have been a better option, even if we didn't end up signing anybody.
Signing Moore was just one of the ways Danny Ainge botched his attempts to improve our squad from last year (Patrick O'Bryant over Chris "Birdman" Anderson was probably his worst), and I don't think we will nor should resign Moore this summer.
We should be looking to move on from the Mikki Moore era. Thanks for the great attitude, Mikki, but you weren't much of a player for us. Good luck next year, wherever you wind up.