The new Celtics rookies who I think could have an impact this season.
The Celtics are going to start their season on Christmas Day against the revamped New York Knicks. The last time these two teams met was in the first round of the playoffs last season when the Celtics swept the Knicks in four games. The Celtics have to get off to a good start this season if they want to be contenders. The compressed season will be hard on the Celtics aging legs, and will have to treat the season as a marathon, rather than a sprint. There will be a lot of focus on the big three this season because they are getting to the end of the days as NBA players. Ray Allen is 36, Kevin Garnett is 35, and Paul Pierce is 34. They could still make a title run this season, but afterword it may be rebuilding time because Allen’s and Garnett’s contracts will expire and may be looking retire. If they don’t, great, but if they do it could open up so options for the Celtics because there will be much more cap room.
Another thing to focus on are the new, young players. The Celtics pursued Chris Paul and David West this off season, but failed to get either of them. They acquired Magic big man Brandon Bass in a trade with Big Baby Davis and Von Wafer. They also signed former Pistons forward Chris Wilcox, who could help add depth to our list of big men. These guys could play a big part this season because the big three might need more rest in the compressed schedule.
Celtics rookies don’t tend to make a big impact in their first season, but this year I think one could. Second round draft pick E’Twaun Moore is a guard from Purdue. He and Purdue teammate JaJuan Johnson joined the Celtics this season. He played exceptionally well in the preseason, scoring 15 points in 22 minutes. He seemed very confident. Some of the advantages of Moore are that he played at Purdue for four years, so he has more experience, and he also played basketball in Italy during the lockout. He came to the Celtics confident that he would be able to contend with the other NBA players and he has done a good job of that. JaJuan Johnson will help add more depth to the forwards. He is an excellent defensive player and should fit in well with the Celtics.
The Celtics had an iffy off season, but lets hope the Celtics will come through and make another title run this year with the big three.
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