Meet the 2012-13 Celtics

Doc Rivers will try and assemble a team that can make a run at the Heat in the East.
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Doc Rivers will try and assemble a team that can make a run at the Heat in the East.

A look at the players who will make up the Celtics rosters as the 2012-13 season begins:

G, Leandro Barbosa: Exceptional shooting range and speed. Former Sixth Man of Year expected to maintain high tempo as ballhandler. Played for Brazil national team in Olympics.

G, Brandon Bass: Face-up, short-range jump shooter who also led team in offensive rebounds in first season with Celtics. Started all 20 playoff games, now will likely be in reserve role.


G, Avery Bradley: Earned starting role with one-on-one defending, developed into a consistent shooter along way. Out first month-plus of season recovering from shoulder surgeries.

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C, Jason Collins: Backup center. Ended up starting for Atlanta after Al Horford and Zaza Pachulia were injured. Classic fundamentally sound, pick-and-roll, post player.

C-F, Kevin Garnett: Top 20 all time in NBA in blocked shots, rebounds, points, and steals. Took nearly two years to fully recover from 2009 knee surgery, regaining form in playoffs. At his best directing defense and taking opposing centers outside on pick-and-pop jumpers.

F, Jeff Green: Recovered from heart surgery to lead Celtics in preseason scoring. Can use speed against bigger 4s and post-up ability against smaller 3s. Will be first player off bench.

F, Kris Joseph: Could earn playing time with athleticism and versatility. Averaged 13.4 points for Syracuse last season.


G: Courtney Lee: Celtics are his fourth team in five years. Likely starter until Avery Bradley returns. Will be expected to be defensive stopper and add a dynamic jump-shooting threat.

C, Fab Melo: Grew up playing soccer in Juiz de Fora, Brazil, which helped with agility. Has size and potential. Could split time between Celtics and Maine.

C Darko Milicic: After years of failing to meet expectations, Milicic will be in a bench role with sixth team in nine seasons. Has experience, size, and skills to provide relief for Garnett.

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Paul Pierce

F, Paul Pierce: Pure shot-maker, team’s go-to player in crunch time, captain and no-nonsense pragmatist. Foot strain limited Pierce early last season; off to a healthy and strong start in preseason this year.

G, Rajon Rondo: First Celtic to lead league in assists since Bob Cousy. Appears to be embracing leadership role. Exceptional ballhandling, court vision, quickness, but still struggling with free throws and perimeter shooting.


F, Jared Sullinger: Court sense and rebounding guarantee him significant playing time and a chance to be first opening day rookie starter since Paul Pierce in 1999. Fundamentally sound.

G, Jason Terry: Former Sixth Man of the Year, expected to replace Ray Allen as team’s 3-point threat. Averaged double-figure points every year since rookie season.

F, Chris Wilcox: Among team’s most effective big men in transition. Recovered from heart surgery, then missed most of training camp with back injury. Averaged 8.6 career points for six teams in 10 seasons.