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Celtics Player Previews: The Bench Centers

There is really only one bench center on the team by the nature of his height and that is Patrick O’Bryant. He will be accompanied some of the time by Leon Powe or Glen “Big Baby” Davis, who will also be filling in at center to spell Kendrick Perkins.

Key Arrivals: Patrick O’Bryant
Key Departures: P.J. Brown
The Cast: Patrick O’Bryant, Leon Powe, and Glen Davis

O’Bryant has some big shoes to fill both literally and figuratively. P.J. Brown was a great (and cheap) pick-up for Boston during the second half of the season. He had key minutes in the NBA Playoffs through the Celtics run to the title and was a veteran leader to a team that was very inexperienced. O’Bryant does not need the leadership quality that Brown had due to all the returning faces, but he does need to prove he can put up some numbers behind the continually developing Kendrick Perkins.

O’Bryant has looked impressive in the preseason and has proved that he can play with the other starters if Perkins gets hurt again. He is a different style of center than Perkins, and Brown for that matter. O’Bryant is very quick and is not afraid to throw up a jump shot whereas Perkins is a force to be reckoned with under the basket due to his size and strength. O’Bryant is also now the tallest player on the team standing at an even 7’0″.

The Celtics finished off their preseason schedule last night with an impressive 101-90 win over the New York Knicks. Next Tuesday the Celtics open up their regular season against the Cavaliers as banner No. 17 gets raised to the rafters.

How will Patrick O'Bryant fare this season?

  • Becomes the No. 1 backup center (87%, 26 Votes)
  • Plays worse than Scot Pollard (10%, 3 Votes)
  • Becomes the starter at some point (3%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 30

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