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N/A: Rajon Rondo
The Celtics’ star point guard is “pretty close” to returning, per CSNNE’s A. Sherrod Blakely, and may do a short stint in the D-League prior to rejoining the C’s, but there is not much Rondo news besides that.
The All-Star playmaker has still not played a second of basketball in 2013-14, and Boston looks like a team desperately in need of a star talent.
For now, we simply have to leave Rondo out of the power rankings.
No. 13: Keith Bogans
Keith Bogans might get a little tread with Courtney Lee gone and Jerryd Bayless not yet a Celtic, but that won’t make up for the fact that he has been a complete non-factor thus far this season.
In Bogans’ defense, he hasn’t had any kind of opportunity to make an impact, but the 11-year veteran is averaging just 0.6 points and 0.4 assists on 33.3 percent shooting, and he has seen action in just five games thus far.
Bogans has always been a crafty defender and a decent three-point shooter, but the Celtics’ roster is filled with decent 2-guards who are much younger.
Since they are rebuilding anyways, it doesn’t make sense to give a 33-year-old who will likely be waived in the offseason much run.
No. 12: MarShon Brooks
It has been a very trying season for MarShon Brooks, who was expected to compete for minuets and maybe even a starting job with the C’s, but who wound up buried on the bench behind Avery Bradley and the resurgent Jordan Crawford.
Brooks appeared in just nine games, averaging 3.2 points and 1.6 rebounds on 40 percent shooting before Boston decided to send him to the D-League to work on his conditioning, according to The Boston Globe’s Baxter Holmes.
To his credit, Brooks has excelled in the D-League, notching 27 points in his first game and 24 points and 11 boards in his second, but that’s not surprising given that Brooks has established himself as a solid double-figure scorer in the NBA.
Unfortunately, it seems like barring an injury we may never get to see what Brooks could have been with the Celtics, since Stevens does not seem to trust his shot selection or generally shaky defense.
No. 11: Vitor Faverani
Vitor Faverani was one of the C’s early bright spots this season, but with Jared Sullinger healthy, Kris Humphries getting more minutes and the team determined to develop Kelly Olynyk, the Brazilian big man has found himself without many minutes.
The 25-year-old center is averaging 4.6 points, 3.7 boards and 0.9 blocks on 43.3 percent shooting in 31 appearances.
Faverani clearly has the talent to play in the league, he recorded 12 points, 18 rebounds and six blocks in an early game against the Milwaukee Bucks, but he is still learning the nuances of NBA defense.
His help defense is poor at times and he is often foul prone due to his tendency to go for questionable blocks.
Offensively Faverani has a surprisingly quick trigger for a rookie. He is willing to jack up mid-range jumpers and threes often and while that has led to some pick-and-pop success he still needs to learn when to make the extra pass.
Faverani has a future in Boston, or at least in the NBA, the question is how much of his potential are we going to see in the second half of 2013-14.