With the loss of Kendrick Perkins, the Celtics hoped that the trio of Shaquille O'Neal, Jermaine O'Neal and Nenad Krstic would be enough to fill the gap.
However, Kristic's lack of physicality, JO's inability to log significant minutes and Shaq's trouble carrying his own weight—let alone playing basketball—proved to be a great part of the Celtics' second-round demise.
With Shaq finally lugging himself off the court and into the analyst chair, the Celtics are once again searching for an answer down low.
JO contemplated retirement but will return for what will likely be his final season. Also a liability, O'Neal choosing to stick with his contract is just more cap space left unavailable for a potential free-agent acquisition.
Some thought the team might take a chance on a larger player in the draft, but the Celtics went the route of another power forward.
Although JaJuan Johnson has some size/strength, at 6'10” he simply doesn't have the potential to log any minutes at the center spot.
With free agency about to begin again, I am betting that Glen Davis will receive the type of offer elsewhere that will prevent the Celtics from signing him again. Still, the potential loss of Davis is not necessarily a bad thing.
Last season, Davis lacked the kind of gritty intensity that made “Big Baby” a household name in Boston. Davis strayed away from his physical mindset and played with an offensively-geared approach, taking twice as many shots as the year before.
At 6'9”, Davis clearly isn't the answer from the Celtics' height woes, anyway. However, he has been one of the Celtics' few reliable answers off the bench.