Sports of Boston concludes its free agency preview with a look at the front-court players available.
Last season the Celtics’ went into training camp with four serviceable big men to patrol the middle. Shaquille O’Neal is now retired. Kendrick Perkins is kicking it with his buddies Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant. Semih Erden is in Cleveland trying to keep Baron Davis away from cheeseburgers. That leaves Boston with Jermaine O’Neal as their only true center.
Last season, O’Neal appeared in just 24 regular season games because of injuries. If the Celtics’ want to challenge for a title once more with the current group of guys, they’re going to need a few more big men to patrol the paint.
Below are a few bruisers that could really help this year’s Celtics team guard the painted area.