These are my rankings of players and how badly the Celtics need them to remain healthy to give us the greatest chance of winning this season.
(1-15, 1 is greatest demand, 15 lowest)
9- Big Baby
Picks (1-5) - Garnett is the emotional leader of the team. You could tell last year that something wasn't right. The team was a little out of sorts, and I think a huge portion of that was because KG wasn't on the floor. He brings the fire to the court so that everyone on the team wants to play their heart out. Without that, we are more like every other team in the league. KG seperates us.
I put Perkins at two with good reason. We are talking about winning championships. How are we going to get past Orlando, and Cleveland without Perk? Correct me if I'm wrong but I don't think we get to 7 games with Orlando last year if it weren't for Perk. He manhandled Howard, limiting the Magic offense. If Howard played like he did in his next two series, that matchup could have ended a lot earlier. Perkins is THE BEST defensive center. He can limit Shaq in Cleveland, and Howard for the Magic.
Rondo comes in at number 3 with his versatility. He does it all. I think because he is the floor general and distributes the ball to the big 3 where they need it makes him a huge part of our team. I don't, however, think we NEED him to win in the end. Pierce follows him up with his ability to score and take over the game at any given moment.
Picks (6-10) - I put Daniels in front of Sheed because I think he is very vital to Pierce getting rest, and filling in for Rondo so everyone can be in their normal positions. Sheed is then a great guy to be the first off the bench to fill in for either Perk or KG. I got Eddie House in front of Big Baby for his ability to score big points for the bench. I think scoring is what the bench needs the most and they can get that out of Eddie. Big baby with his new identity will perform great things off the bench. It is an awesome thing to have Glen Davis being inactive as being the 9th worst thing for the team. It speaks great volumes to the depth.
Picks (11-15) - These are all relative to who will probably get the most playing time deep in the bench. I think Hudson and Williams can contribute at times. Hudson should get some playing time at the point during the season. We are yet to see what Walker can bring to the team due to his injury, so I put him in there at the 13th place. But, I still think even without seeing him play, he can provide much more than either TA or Giddens. Walker may be moved up throughout the season as he shows what he can do.
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