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Sports of Boston continues its three-part preview of the 2011-12 Celtics roster and possible free-agent moves. Today, we’ll look at the guards.
The depth chart in the back-court for 2011-2012 Boston Celtics currently looks something like this:
If the Celtics can resign Delonte West that would help the outlook on things considerably, but that still leaves the team with just three guards they know what to expect from. At 36 years old, Ray Allen is going to need to average under 30 minutes a game during the regular season if he is to be expected to chase Dwayne Wade around in the playoffs.
The Celtics don’t have a lot of money to play with to find Allen a serviceable backup. Below is a breakdown of some potential free agent bargains that could help the Celtics out at the guard position.
The 11 year veteran shooting guard is coming off 2 years of riding the pine. Back-to-back ACL tears have many wondering if Redd will ever be a serviceable player again. However, two years ago the guy was still lighting it up, averaging over 21 points per game. The Celtics need scoring, Michael Redd needs a job. He’s a high-character, good locker-room guy if nothing else. If Redd wants to come to Boston on the vet minimum for one year, I say give him a shot at shooting again.
Julian Benbow of the Boston Globe is reporting that Daniels and the Celtics are close to a deal. We all know that Daniels can play aggressive defense and run the offense in a pinch. We also know Quisy is pedestrian at best at putting the ball in the hoop beyond 12 feet. He’s coming off a season-ending near career-ending spine industry. Daniels hasn’t played a full season in his entire career and he hasn’t played more than 54 games in a season since 2007-08. If Marquis can stay healthy (and that’s a really big if) he can be a valuable player. I just wouldn’t count on Quisy to be Ray Allen’s backup all season.
Say what you will about Vince Carter’s heart or drive, but the guy still puts up numbers. The Suns are set to cut Carter when training camp begins. Vinsanity averaged 14 points a game last year with the Magic and Suns.
Carter, unlike the previously mentioned players, hasn’t had any recent surgeries either. In fact, he barely has a history of injuries at all. He’s never going to carry a team to a championship, and he seems fine with that, but that doesn’t mean he can’t come off the bench on a title-worthy team. The C’s need bench scoring and if there is one thing Carter can do, it’s provide that.
If the Celtics’ decide they want some fresher legs than the old (by NBA years) men that we discussed above, Shannon Brown might fit nicely. He won’t light it up from 3, and don’t expect him to run the offense when Rondo needs a rest, but Brown will attack the basket and play lockdown defense on opposing point guards. Shannon’s skill-set fits nicely on a team like the Celtics that prides itself on playing defense and has few players that can effectively attack the rim. Plus, signing Brown takes a rotation player away from the Lakers.
Other possibilities: Acie Law, Deshawn Stevenson, Roger Mason, Willie Green, Mike Dunleavy Jr., Allen Iverson