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At last, we have reached the starting line-up for the Celtics in these player reviews. First up is the big man literally in the center of it all, Kendrick Perkins. Perk continued to get better and better this past season, and ended up having the best year of his career.
Perk has become a force to be reckoned with under the basket and players know not to mess with him when it comes to rebounding. Not only did Perk box out other players much better this year, he added improving shot blocking skills to his already aggressive repertoire.
During the regular season, Perkins maintained very good health especially just after coming off shoulder surgery in the off-season. He appeared and started in 76 games. averaging 8.5 points, 8.1 rebounds, and 2.0 blocks per game. All of Perk’s numbers except field goal percentage and free throw percentage were career highs during the regular season. The one minor problem he had was that his turnover rate jumped up a little bit, but overall Perk became a much more effective player.
In the playoffs, Perk was another one of the C’s pleasant surprises. Overall, Perk averaged 11.9 points, 11.6 rebounds, and 2.6 blocks per game. All numbers up a great deal from the regular season. Hopefully, that energy will continue over to the regular season next year.
Perkins will likely improve even more next season and will welcome the addition of Rasheed Wallace. Wallace will back-up both Perkins and Garnett and give the two of them much more needed rest. However, we may see Perk and Sheed on the court at the same time and a technical foul record could possibly be broken.