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Celtics Summer Forecast: Who Starts at Center?

Another day and another Celtics prediction for Chris Forsberg’s Summer Forecast. Who will start at center for the Celtics this season? A question many of us are wondering. Check out our panel’s responses. Here is mine:

Tyler Lamoureux, Celtics 24/7 (Jermaine O’Neal)

Without a doubt, Jermaine O’Neal. Picturing the Hall of Fame lineup of Ray Allen, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Shaquille O’Neal is nice, but Shaq has too many weaknesses that other teams can exploit. His defense against the pick-and-roll is shaky, while Jermaine O’Neal has no glaring issues on the defensive end. The Big Shamrock will be a huge force down low, but Jermaine’s mid-range shot will help the Celtics spread their offense and will keep Rajon Rondo from running into brick walls while driving the lane. Doc Rivers will find a nice balance of when to use both O’Neals. I can see Shaq being a big lift for the second unit while occasionally playing with the starting lineup, depending on in-game situations. One thing I do know is that Dwight Howard should be afraid to match up with this frontline next year in the playoffs.

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3 Comments on "Celtics Summer Forecast: Who Starts at Center?"

Leo B
5 years 2 months ago

Shaq will be in shape and not expected to be a savior. Jermaine will bring athleticism at the five. Match ups may indicate the starter in each game. Either way we have two really good centers who bring different things to the table and both can rebound THANK GOD

Jamie Canu
5 years 2 months ago

I have to disagree with you here Ty, I think a lot of people are going to be surprised at how well Shaq will fit into Boston’s lineup and infact I think he and JOneal will run center by committee to start the season. Boston brings more to the table then the cavs or heats did and he will have less trouble containing his space.
I could be way off here.


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