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With the threat of injury a big concern for the Boston Celtics this season, seemingly every player on the current roster could find themselves in Doc Rivers’ rotation at some point. So far in this young season it’s been a struggle for the likes of Avery Bradley, E’Twaun Moore, and Sasha Pavlovic to prove they are worthy of NBA minutes.
With depth potentially being an issue for the Celtics for the remainder of the 2011-2012 season, we thought we’d take a look at a few former Celtics that are available and might be able to help.
The 32-year-old shooting guard recently joined the Celtics’ NBA Developmental League affiliates, the Maine Red Claws. Back in ’05-’06, Ricky Davis was averaging 20 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the Celtics before he was shipped to Minnesota in a package that brought back Wally Sczerbiak. Davis last played in the NBA two years ago when he was a member of the Los Angeles Clippers. If Davis proves to have any quickness left, he could be serviceable as a crafty bucket-getter deep on the Celtics’ bench. However, his selfish reputation and attitude toward the game alone could keep Davis from seeing an NBA court again. Davis is perhaps best known for a play in 2002 when he shot at his own basket in order to get the rebound and record a triple-double in the stat sheet. On a team that highly values the fact that there is no ‘I’ in the word, Davis might not be worth a flyer.
The Miami Heat released former Celtics’ guard Eddie House prior to their Christmas day game against the Dallas Mavericks. House is good at one thing in the NBA: shooting from three point range. In the last two years House has lost quite a bit of his quickness, making it harder for him to get off shots over and around taller defenders. Whether it was in the regular season or the playoffs, I must admit I’m nostalgic for the days when the Celtics could ride Eddie House’s hot hand to victory.
The 5’9″ guard is certainly entertaining on the court and off it. The Oklahoma City Thunder waived Nate Robinson on Christmas eve. Robinson is not the most consistent player, but when called upon he usually shows up. Robinson’s biggest moment with the Celtics came in game 6 of the 2010 Eastern Conference Finals against the Magic. Robinson came deep off the Celtics’ bench to score 13 points in 13 minutes and help propel Boston to clinch the series and return to the NBA finals. Unfortunately, Robinson on the court play can be inconsistent and his off the court antics can be frustrating. Doc Rivers recently claimed that the Celtics’ bench was immature and distracting last year, leaving one to wonder if Robinson was a big part of that assessment.
James Posey fell victim to the NBA’s amnesty clause when the Indiana Pacers waived the 34-year-old forward in mid-December. Posey was an integral part of two championship teams (’06 Heat and ’08 Celtics) and has 12 years of experience under his belt. But besides that, who knows what he has left to offer. Posey’s size and clutch shooting ability make him an interesting insurance policy for a veteran team like the Celtics, but I wouldn’t expect much from him. Posey’s numbers and efficiency have been in huge decline the last two years, and the quickness that made him an excellent wing defender is all but gone. Still, his leadership and familiarity with the Celtics could prove valuable should the team need an extra body.
Antoine Walker had a valuable stint in the D-League last year and looks to be trying to rebound his career… Just kidding. Walker is facing five years of probation and could serve up to a year in prison for gambling debts owed. Can you blame me if I got a little nostalgic for the wiggle?