A capsule look at the players the Celtics will carry on the roster going into the 2011-2012 season:
Ray Allen, 6-5, 205 lbs., 36 yo, 15th year
At 36, he is still considered one of the best-conditioned players, which will serve him well during this condensed season. However, keep a watchful eye on the sharpshooter late into the season and postseason.
Avery Bradley, 6-2, 180 lbs, 21 yo, 2d year
The second-year player from Texas will be counted upon to be an effective defensive stopper in the backcourt, but must show more offensive aggression.
Marquis Daniels, 6-6, 220 lbs. 30 yo, 8th year
The swingman makes his second journey with the team but this time his role is even more critical with the loss of Jeff Green. Daniels is expected to carry more of the load on the second team.
Rajon Rondo, 6-1, 171 lbs., 25 yo, 5th year
If the team has any hope of bringing home another NBA championship, the floor general must display he can consistently make a mid-range jumper. He could be highly motivated after coping with rumors on being traded for All-Star Chris Paul.
Keyon Dooling, 6-3, 195 lbs., 31 yo, 11th year
The career backup should provide mentorship for Rondo. The Missouri alum is a career 41.6 percent shooter, who is considered a “tweener” at guard - not quick enough and not a great ball handler to play the point, but undersized at the two-spot.
E-Twaun Moore, 6-4, 191 lbs., 22 yo, rookie
Considered a good shooter and rebounder for his position but must continue to work on point guard skills, which he played some in college. Considered a tough defender, who can play three positions.
Sasha Pavlovic, 6-7, 235 lbs., 28 yo, 8th year
The veteran will be counted upon more to provide depth at the guard and forward position. The Serbian swing man is most effective on the offensive end in catch and shoot situations. Defensively is effective on the perimeter, especially in passing lanes.
Brandon Bass, 6-8, 250 lbs., 26 yo, 6th year
Has ability to make consistent mid-range jumper and despite being undersized at power forward, is tough and an effective offensive rebounder. His maturity is a big upgrade from Glen “Big Baby” Davis.
Kevin Garnett, 6-11, 253 lbs., 35 yo, 16th year
At this stage of his career he can show flashes of brilliance or aging during spurts in the season. With the condensed schedule, his minutes should be monitored or he may just sit games during long, tough stretches of the season.
JuJuan Johnson, 6-10, 221 lbs., 22 yo, rookie
Will be counted upon more than any other rookie during Big 3 II. Is considered a great athlete with a wingspan of 7-1. Has diverse offensive game that centers around the perimeter and above the rim. Needs to gain muscle, but is an effective shot blocker on defense.
Paul Pierce, 6-6, 235 lbs., 34 yo, 13th year
The Truth is still considered the team’s best scorer. He needs 382 points to pass Larry Bird as the second-highest scorer in franchise history. Like Allen and KG, his minutes must be monitored.
Jermaine O’Neal, 6-11, 255 lbs., 33 yo, 14th year
Last season he played a career-low 24 games due to a variety of injuries. He is expected to provide a defensive presence with his shot-blocking and low-post intelligence. Must stay away from believing he is a scorer first like he was during the height of his career.
Chris Wilcox, 6-10, 235 lbs., 29 yo, 9th year
Has never played for a contender throughout his career, could raise level of play because he is a capable scorer. At his age, compares favorably to Rasheed Wallace, without the three-point shot. A decent option at center and power forward.
Greg Stiemsma, 6-11, 260 lbs., 26 yo, rookie
Needed more for his big body in the paint, is a defensive specialist. A high-energy player who alters shots and knows how to play within his skill-set. Limited offensively.
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