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By: Patrick Whalen
Over the last week since free agency has started the Celtics made their big move by signing Kemba Walker and since then they have been making depth signings to fill out their roster. The most notable new signing was adding big man Enes Kanter on a 2 year $10 million deal. Kanter split time last year between the Knicks and the Blazers and between the two played in 67 games and started 31. Between his time in New York and Portland Kanter averaged 13.7 points and 9.8 rebounds per game. Kanter’s offensive presence down low and ability to rebound at both ends of the floor will help fill the void left by Al Horford. Kanter’s defensive game still needs some work but with Marcus Smart leading the way on defense and Brad Stevens at the helm I feel like his defensive game will improve. So let’s take a look at the offensive beast that we’ll have for the next two years.
The Celtics then decided to add another big man via the international market by adding French center Vincent Poirier on a 2-year deal. The 7-foot center has played in the Euro League since 2012 when he was 18 years old. Now 25, Poirier has been apart of a championship team back in 2013 and made All Euro League Second team last season. Poirier also led the Euro League in rebounding this season with 8.3 per game. Poirier is great in pick and roll situations and can run the floor very well. His style of play and hustle reminds me a lot of Aron Baynes just more athletic. If he can come over and make some of these explosive plays off the bench and just bring the same type of energy he’ll fit right in here in Boston.
On top of adding their two new big men, the Celtics brought back a couple of familiar faces from last years squad. First, they brought back Daniel Theis on a 2-year deal worth $10 million. Theis’ offensive game took a nice step forward last year, most notably increasing his three-point percentage from 31% to 38.8%. Theis’ rebounding did take a small step back last year as it fell from 4.3 to 3.4 rebounds per game but he will still be a solid piece to bring in off of the bench. The Celtics then brought back guard Brad Wanamaker on a one year deal. In his first NBA season, the 29-year-old guard appeared in 36 games and averaged 3.9 points and 1.6 assists in just 9.5 minutes per game. Wanamaker was also very efficient in his short stints on the court as he shot 47.6% from the floor and 41% from deep. Wanamaker will provide a veteran presence off the bench for Celtics and help rookies like Carsen Edwards and Tremont Waters adjust to the NBA.