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The bad boy of the New York Knicks, Stephon Marbury, was given a shot at redemption this year with the Celtics. After sitting on the sidelines for a year with New York, Marbury was able to arrange a buyout of his contract with the Knicks and was signed as a free agent by the Green in late February.
A tamed version of Marbury used his short time in Boston to try and get his groove back and return to his “Starbury” status. He was also able to reunite with former teammate Kevin Garnett.
Marbury managed to appear in 23 games during the regular season, and even started a few while Rajon Rondo recovered from some small injuries. During the regular seasosn their were glimpses of the old Marbury, a player who could score quick as well as move the ball easily around the court. However, Marbury averaged just 3.8 points, 3.3 assists, and 1.2 rebounds per game.
In the playoffs Marbury really turned it on against the Magic and was part of the reason for the great Celtics comeback win in game five. Overall in the playoffs, Marbury looked better but still just averaged 3.7 points, 1.8 assists, and 0.9 rebounds per game. He appeared in all 14 games during the C’s playoff run.
Marbury appears to not be returning to the Celtics next season, as they only offered him the veteran minimium. Marbury claims to have offers from three other teams, but would not disclose who those teams were. It seems he doesn’t just care about playing for a championship team, but more about the money, since he will not be returning to Boston.
He did thank Boston and the fans however, for giving him a chance to come back to basketball and earn a good name back. The questions is now: will the loss of Marbury allow more playing time for Gabe Pruitt, or will the Celtics go after another free agent point guard?