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James Posey was the reliable sixth man the entire season for Boston. He has already come and gone, but did his job well in his one year in Beantown. Posey was usually the first one into the game from the bench (depending on who was coming out, of course).
The defensives stops and three-point shooting ability were key aspects to Posey’s many talents. He will be missed, but it gives a chance for some younger blood to come in and fill his shoes.
James appeared in 74 of the Celtics’ 82 games this past year and had a decent year off the bench as far as the numbers show. Posey averaged 7.4 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 1.5 assists per game. He also shot a nice 38% from beyond the three point line for the season.
Posey had a much greater value to the team, however. He was a leader and provided expereince, especially in the finals where he had previously played and won with the Miami Heat in 2006.
During the playoffs, Posey continued to be the sixth man and had similar offensive numbers to that of his regular season numbers. He averaged 6.7 points, 1.1 assists, and 3.6 rebounds. Posey was also one of the key players in Boston’s huge come-from-behind Game 4 win in Los Angles during the NBA Finals. He had 18 points in that game, including four three-pointers.
James became a free agent after this past season and got a rich deal with the New Orleans Hornets (Four years, $25M). He will be missed, but I do not blame him for making the choice that he did. The Hornets offered him a four-year contract opposed to the Celtics’ three-year deal as well as a higher salary.
Posey may also become part of a starting lineup in New Orleans that already contains Chris Paul, David West, Tyson Chandler, and Peja Stojakovic. I believe he will begin the season as thier sixth man, but will move into that starting lineup soon enough.
Did James Posey make the right decision to sign with the Hornets?
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