The Improved Boston Celtics: Players Who Will Score and More
With the offseason coming to a halt, I as well as fans are eager to see what will be in store for the Boston Celtics in 2010-11 season.
You can call it last minute change or say that it was necessary on part of Doc River's team.
Honestly, this will be an interesting season for many reasons. After a devastating Game 7 loss last time they were at the Staples Center, LA, Celtics' staff and players have made their business to bounce back and end up on top this time around.
By the way, they do have an interesting roster this year.
Prepare for the Shaq Attack
In the last 18 years, we've seen him in almost every uniform. The Magic, Lakers, Heat, Suns, Cavaliers, and now Boston.
Yes, he will go down as one of the most powerful centers in the history of the NBA, but what will he actually contribute this season?
Last year, he averaged career lows. Due to his right thumb injury, he couldn't play as strong in the post and it was the first time Cleveland missed the Finals after being the playoff top slot for two consecutive years.
Honestly, I don't know what this year holds for him, but Boston could sure use another big man. On account of Kendrick Perkins will still recovering from torn ligaments in his knees.
The Fab Four
Did you really think they were going to let it go?
"It" as in the championship and even though Lebron is no longer in a Cavalier jersey, the Fab Four are keeping a close eye on the Heat.
Oh yeah, and the 2010 NBA Champion L.A Lakers.
This year will probably be the most crucial for the four because of each players situation.
KG, who's been playing fifteen years, still shows that he can score, block, and rebound as he averaged 15 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 2.5 assists the past playoffs.
Ray Allen, who plays with the most inconsistency out of the four, holds uncertainty for this season. Though he is getting old, Allen shows no signs of slowing down. In Game 2 of the NBA Finals, Allen set a record for the most three-pointers in a game on 8-11 shooting.
The rest of the crew includes Paul Pierce and Rajon Rondo.
Pierce extended his contract with the Boston Celtics, keeping him until the 2013-14 season. Rondo, who came off another spectacular playoff performance, made the All-Defensive First Team and trained with Team USA this past summer. He's been compared to Jason Kidd, and some believe he is one of the leagues top point guards.
Bringing Delonte Back
After the 2007 NBA Draft, Delonte West was traded by the Celtics for Ray Allen and Glen Davis.
He went on to play for the Cavaliers, in which he averaged 10.3 points, 3.5 assists, 3.7 rebounds, and 1.1 steals.
In his last two seasons, Delonte has shot 39 percent from the three-point line and is hoping to continue his shooting in Boston.
However, the past two years haven't been easy for him.
After rumors of sleeping with his former teammate's mother and running into legal issues, this is one player who can add just more than buckets to the team.
The media has followed and exploited some aspects of his personal life. In July, he pleaded guilty to traffic and gun charges leaving the NBA no choice but to suspend him for the first 10 games.
Other than that, he is scheduled to play his first game against the Cavs on October 27.
He's quick, energetic, and one of the Celtics' biggest supporters.
Robinson adds his own style of play and is known as the three-time slam dunk contest winner.
In his first season with the Celtics, he played 26 games and averaged 6.5 points. He also contributed in the playoffs, scoring 13 points in the second quarter of the Eastern Conference Finals.
I believe he is a bench member who is needed. With his 40 percent three-point shooting, he's expected to knock down big buckets late in the game.
Big Baby Davis
If the Celtics plan on winning this year, they're going to need more from this bench player.
He adds a lot of energy and enthusiasm to the court, and can score down the post.
Davis has the strength to post up against Da'sean Butler, Ron Artest, and Matt Barnes who play for two teams that will be a challenge for Boston.
Last playoff season, he averaged seven points and four rebounds. In Game 4 of the Finals, Davis scored half of his 18 points in the last quarter, helping his team to a 96-89 win evening the series to two games a piece.