At 6'5" J.R. Giddens is an enticing prospect, he has length, defensive tenacity and of course that sweet shooting stroke.
So why is it he spent most of his time in the D-league for the 2008-09 season?
During the season when Danny graced us with his presence because of various injuries, he could be seen cheering wildly like those Cameron Crazies at Duke.
I only found one photo of him in Celtic Green, his rookie picture. Rumor has it that the Celtics have increased talks in finding a new home for him.
Has Danny given up on him?
By all accounts Giddens did very well in the summer league he played defense and scored. In other words he did things Boston already knew he could do. His problems were more between his ears then because of his ability.
The speed of the game overwhelmed him; therefore, consider the pre-season his audition to make the team. In fact one of the big three's future contract extentions may hinge on J.R. making the team.
Giddens and Ray Allen are both known for their shooting ability, but Giddens has the edge in that he has the natural inclination to play defense. If he can channel his aggressiveness into postive contributions on the floor, the Celtics may deem Allen expendable or give him less than his asking price.
The Celtics do need for him to get it more so than Bill Walker. Because if he does, they won't have to sell their soul to get a high profile free agent in 2010. Believe it or not, Eddie House may be forced to find a new home if he does.
This season Giddens must prove he is part of the Boston Celtic present and future.