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Eddie House: 2008-2009 Celtics Review

Eddie House  had a much better year than last and continues to be a threat off the bench for the Celts. He was able to start appearing in different situations not just as a point guard, but also has a shooting guard on occasion too. House really benefited from the arrival of Stephon Marbury as the two them really enjoyed being on the floor together and made a good guard set while Rajon Rondo and Ray Allen got to have a breather.

Mr. Catch and Shoot had a good regular season when he appeared in all but one game. He had solid numbers off the bench in 18.3 minutes per game, which was slightly lower then his 19 minutes per game in 2008. Eddie finished the regular season averaging 8.5 points, 1.1 assists, and 1.9 rebounds per game. He also seemed to have improved his ball handling skills which I had criticized him for after last season.

During the playoffs, Eddie did more of the same for the Celtics. He came in to knock down quick points, especially three-pointers with his great catch and shoot ability. He averaged 7.7 points, 0.9 assists, and 1.4 rebounds per game during the playoffs while appearing in all 14 games during the C’s playoff run.

Eddie was going to be an unrestricted free agent this offseason, but decided to pick up his player option for the 2009-2010 season so I’m excited to see him back hitting three pointers off the bench next year as well. Eddie is a solid fit for the Celtics because he plays so well off the bench and he does not come too expensive. When Eddie gets hot, you cannot beat him and he is going to knock down shots left and right. The Celtics cannot go wrong with House and I’m glad he will continue to be a threat off the bench next season.

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2 comments for “Eddie House: 2008-2009 Celtics Review”

  1. House also inmproved in his defensive abilities. I know he’s too short, but he made up for it a lot with his quickness and tenacity. The guy gives his all every time out, and you’re right about his surprising “clicking” with Marbury. Marbury loved all those assists he recorded when House got hot, as he often did. I’m very glad he’s going to be around next season.

    So how about Marbury? Will he ever get his touch back? Seems to me he should have been shooting a lot better by the end of his season last year. He had enough time to regain his shooting eye, but it didn’t happen. What’s the feeling about Stephon?

    Posted by Ken | July 3, 2009, 10:41 pm
  2. Good points, Ken.

    I wonder if the Celtics consider bringing Steph back. He has to continue to realize that winning is more important than anything, even taking a huge paycut to remain a backup in Boston. I think he still thinks he has the skills to start (and he could), but at the end of the day, who would sign him in that role?

    Posted by KC | July 4, 2009, 2:01 pm

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