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We recently just pretty much said our goodbyes to Leon Powe after the Celtics opted not give him a qualifying offer, making him an unrestricted free agent. It’s not definite yet if he will be back next season or not, but based on the way the Celtics management is talking, it does not seem likely. However, let’s look back at Powe’s 2008-09 season with the C’s.
Powe was a solid player off the bench for most of the season until he had knee problems late in the season. The injuries limited Leon to appear in just 70 games this year. He was called upon to start some of those games when Kevin Garnett initially went down with injury, before Glen “Big Baby” Davis became the new young star of the team.
During the regular season Powe averaged 7.7 points and 4.9 rebounds per game while appearing in 17.5 minutes per game. Most of Powe’s stats were up from the previous year, except for his scoring average, which dropped by two tenths of a point.
Powe barely played in the playoffs. He “recovered” from his knee problems just in time for the playoffs, but only managed to appear in two games against the Bulls. In those two games, Leon saw 24 minutes of time and had 10 points and 9 rebounds, before a torn ACL and meniscus ended his season. I belive that with Powe in the line-up, the Celtics probably would have been able to eliminate the Magic in the second round.
Powe is still rehabbing after having successful surgery this off-season, but it is yet to be seen where he will play next year.