NBA Roundtable

Celtics Sign Shelden Williams

In Free Agency on August 3, 2009 at 2:20 pm

The Boston Globe reports

Forward Shelden Williams has agreed to a one-year contract with the Celtics. Financial terms of the deal have not been disclosed.

Williams, 25, was the fifth overall pick in the 2006 NBA Draft by the Atlanta Hawks after a decorated college career at Duke. He was a first-team All-American in 2006 and graduated as the program’s all-time leader in blocked shots and rebounds.

But the 6-foot-9-inch, 250-pound Williams has struggled in his five NBA seasons; while he plays with an aggressive style, he’s undersized for a power forward and not quick enough to play small forward.

Leon Powe

That spells the end of any hope of Leon Powe’s return.

This is both an expected, and an extremely disappointing, result.

Shelden Williams

I think it’s great home for Shelden Williams. Not because of playing time, or even style of play, but because of Clifford Ray. Ray is the best big man coach in the NBA and the opportunity for Shelden to spend a year in Boston learning from him, well, it could do wonders for the rest of his career.

I don’t expect Shelden Williams to get any real playing time next season in Boston. He’s strictly an insurance policy against injuries and the like, and a good one at that.

Glen Davis

It’s looking very likely that Glen Davis will return to the Celtics for another year, either for the qualifying offer and low priced contract extension (my preferred option).

The market has dried up, he doesn’t have the suitors/offers and everybody knows it. It’s only a matter of time now.

Celtics Big Men

It looks like the Celtics big man rotation is well set now.

  • Starters — Kevin Garnett and Kendrick Perkins
  • First big off the bench — Rasheed Wallace
  • Second big off bench — Glen Davis?
  • 5th big in the rotation — Brian Scalabrine
  • 6th big man — Shelden Williams

Four of their six big men are capable of playing either power forward or center, which gives them great flexibility. Then you have Perk who’s a prototypical center, and Brian Scalabrine who is a combo forward, to round things out.

The combination of Garnett and Scalabrine will be able to handle any small ball lineups from the opposition, while the muscle of the others allows them to handle more powerful lineups.

I think the Celtics lay claim to the either the best or the second best (Lakers?) big man rotation in the NBA.

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