NBA Draft 2011: Boston Celtics' Five Best Options to Replace Shaquille O'Neal

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NBA Draft 2011: Boston Celtics' Five Best Options to Replace Shaquille O'Neal
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In trading Kendrick Perkins this season, Danny Ainge took a gamble and bet the Boston Celtics' playoff hopes on the continued health and productivity of aging former All-Stars Shaquille O'Neal and Jermaine O'Neal.

As NBA fans learned last week, the gamble didn't pay off. Not even close.

With the June 23 NBA Draft, the Boston Celtics have their first chance to begin the rebuilding process. 

Given Shaquille's likely retirement, and Jermaine only expected to play one or two more meaningful seasons, the Celtics will need to draft a big man to fill their gaping hole in the middle. 

Although the Celtics will be drafting very late in the draft—holding the 25th and 55th picks—the opportunity still exists to secure a young big capable of contributing from Day One. 

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