As the NBA Trading Deadline finally comes to a close, Celtics fans did not see a major move that many believe they needed to make the playoffs, but they did acquire the three time Slam Dunk Contest Winner, Nate Robinson from the New York Knicks.
The five player deal between New York and Boston went as followed:
G Nate Robinson
SF Marcus Laundry
G Eddie House
SG J.R. Giddens
GF Bill Walker
The deal is expected to be made official soon and many will speculate as to whether or not the Celtics did enough.
The Celtics needed to get younger. The “Big Three” have been showing that they are not getting any younger, and whilst acquiring Nate Robinson provides some youth off the bench, I wonder as to whether or not that is enough to propel the Celtics to the playoffs…let alone survive if they get there.
Robinson is good, no doubt there.
He is 25 years old and scores about 13 PPG. He’ll perform well in the position given to him in Boston, but this just was not enough, and it heightens our dependency on the aging “Big Three.”
Allen, Garnett, and Pierce must stay healthy and play well consistently if they want to reach the playoffs. They can do it, but it will be a long and hard road if those three are not performing well.
Nate Robinson’s role is to be the difference maker on the bench and mature under the wings of leaders such as Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce. This move will benefit Robinson, but the impact he makes for the Celtics will not be big enough to win a Championship.
It is now up to Allen, Pierce, and Garnett, alongside an inconsistent bench, to step up their game and rebound from a very disappointing first half. They can do it, but it will be a tough road ahead.
First reported at Beantown Sports Observer