Celtics Question of the Day: What free agent would you want on C's?


Celtics Question of the Day: What free agent would you want on C's?

If you happen to run into Danny Ainge and he's sporting an ear-to-ear grin, it might have something to do with the Boston Celtics roster he has assembled heading into the 2012-2013 season.

He brought back most of his core players and added both youth (Jared Sullinger and Fab Melo) and young veterans (Courtney Lee, Jeff Green) to the mix that should make for a more versatile Celtics squad this season.

On Thursday, CSNNE.com learned that the C's were also adding former No. 2 overall pick Darko Milicic to the roster next week, bolstering what's shaping into one of the league's deepest frontcourts.

No matter how much talent Ainge assembles or how many wins the C's tally, he will always keep an eye out for adding players that he believes will make the Celtics even better.

Even though salary cap restrictions have essentially tied his hands with the current roster heading into training camp, you can bet Ainge has a wish list of players he wouldn't mind scooping up.

What about you, Celtics Nation?

Who would you like to see donning a C's uniform at some point this season that's currently alone and unattached to any teams?

Considering the Celtics have had so many rebounding issues in recent years, you can't have a list like this and not include Kenyon Martin.

At 6-foot-9, 235 pounds, Martin is arguably the best front court player unsigned during this offseason.

It wasn't that long ago that a case could be made for Martin ranking among the NBA's elite power forwards. However, knee injuries have taken away much of his explosiveness.

For a player who played as much above the rim as he did, having no hops equates to no hope of landing the big money contract Martin is apparently holding out for now.

The C's could definitely benefit from having a player with Martin's talent. But you have to wonder if he's ready to accept the kind of role he would be asked to play in Boston, one that would involve him seeing spot duty behind a pretty deep frontcourt that includes Kevin Garnett and Brandon Bass starting, with Jared Sullinger, Chris Wilcox and Fab Melo or Jason Collins possibly as the team's fifth big man.

If the Celtics decided they needed to add another shooter, one name to keep an eye on is Michael Redd.

Never known for his athleticism, multiple knee injuries have had no impact on what Redd has been able to do since he came into the NBA and that's shoot the ball. He is a veteran who is clearly wanting to be part of a winning franchise as he nears the end of his playing career. He would only be a player Boston would consider if one of the current perimeter players went down with an injury that would keep them sidelined for a significant amount of time. And even in that instance, his struggles defensively might be enough for Boston to look elsewhere.

Although Boston seems pretty stacked on the perimeter, they still don't have an athletic, perimeter defensive specialist-type. Courtney Lee and Avery Bradley will do a nice job, but the C's have had success of late in part because they could trot out a 6-foot-5 or taller defender like James Posey, Tony Allen or at times last season, Mickael Pietrus.

Pietrus is still available, although the C's interest in him was luke warm at best. Another athletic wing with great promise as a defender is Terrence Williams. However, the fact that he has been passed over by team after team despite what one NBA scout said was, "off the charts, ridiculous athleticism," certainly raises some concerns.

But hey, this is just a wish list, right?

Horford's all-around play key in first regular season game with Celtics

Horford's all-around play key in first regular season game with Celtics

BOSTON – The Al Horford love fest continues with the veteran big man delivering yet another impressive performance for the Boston Celtics.

And this one?

Unlike his play in the preseason, Wednesday night's game counts.

Horford’s all-around play was pivotal to Boston holding on for a 122-117 victory over the Brooklyn Nets.

CELTICS 122, NETS 117:

The four-time All-Star made several high-basketball IQ-type plays that in hindsight, were major key moments in Boston pushing its lead to as many as 23 points.

In the third quarter with Boston ahead 71-65, Horford took advantage of Brooklyn closing out too hard on him and drove into the lane. As the Nets defenders collapsed to take away a shot attempt in the lane, Horford swung the ball to Jae Crowder whose jumper triggered a 14-5 run.

Boston would lead by double figures until the last couple of minutes of the game.

“We have to keep playing the right way, for 48 minutes,” Horford said when asked about the team’s late-game collapse.

The late-game struggles aside, there was a lot to like about how the Celtics played throughout the first 40 minutes.

And a big part of that strong play has to be credited to Horford whose ability to help keep the ball moving allowed the Celtics to finish with 36 assists on 48 made field goals, the kind of opening night assist numbers that haven’t been seen around these parts in decades.

Horford was among those getting into the act, scoring 11 points to go with five rebounds and six assists.

To see him racking up guard-like assist numbers isn’t unusual when you consider he was third in the league last season in assists per game (3.2) for a center.

“Guys were moving the ball very well,” Horford said. “It’s kind of contagious.”

Said Crowder: “I never saw coaches clap on a three-second call. We moved the ball in the first quarter so much we got a three-second call. We passed up a lot of open shots. It just shows how unselfish we are playing as a unit.”

And while that selfless brand of basketball was on display at times last season, the addition of Horford seems to have taken it to another level.

“He opens the floor, he makes it easier for everybody; he’s always in the right spots, he’s a threat at all times,” said Boston’s Isaiah Thomas. “He can hit the 3, hit the mid-range, and also post up so he has the full package; a guy that makes it easy for everybody.”