By: Michael Rudd
First up the best player in the deal forward/center Brandon Wright. Wright is a 6'10 power forward/ center who was the 8th pick in the 07 draft out of UNC. Wright has yet to live up to his high selection and the Celtics will be his fourth team since entering the league. Wright has never been a starter and last season he was averaging his most minutes per game at 18.6 minutes a game. Wright also averaged career highs in field goal percentage at 67.7%, points 9.1, and rebounds 4.2. So far this season Wright has averaged 18.7 minutes per game 8.8 points and 4.1 rebounds. The good news is that Wright is improving so if he can continue the upward trend he could be a good option coming off of the bench. The Celtics could even wait till the deadline and move him for a player that fills a need or as a part of a bigger deal to bring a star to Boston.
The next player in the deal Jameer Nelson will likely replace Rondo as the starting point guard. Nelson was the 20th pick in the 04 draft and now at the age of 32 will be playing on his third team with his best years likely behind him. Just because he is now on the decline doesn't mean he can't help this team in fact his shooting ability will likely help the Celtics create more floor spacing. In his last two seasons with the Magic Nelson averaged over 7 assists per game and is the team's franchise leader in assists so he is a talented passer while not on the same level as Rondo he is still capable of running the offense. For his career Nelson is a 37.4% three point shooter making over 40% in four seasons. Another plus is that Nelson is a career 81.7% free throw shooter so we no longer need to worry about our point guard being fouled at the end of close games. Nelson was also named to the 2009 NBA All Star team and while he won't play at that level this year he will still more then likely be the primary starting point guard. So far this season Nelson has averaged 25.4 minutes a game scoring 7.3 points dishing 4.1 assists and grabbing 2.7 rebounds while also hitting 36.9% of his threes but only 37.4% of all of his shots.
Jae Crowder is a 6'6 small forward who was the 34th pick in the 2012 draft and he will bring plenty of energy and grit to the Celtics bench. So far in his two seasons Crowder has played 17.3 and 16.1 minutes averaging 2.4 rebounds 1.2 assists and 5 points per game in his first season and 2.5 rebounds .8 assists and 4.6 points in his second season. For his career Crowder is a 40.9% shooter hitting just under a third of his threes. At just 24 Crowder has time to improve his game but his ceiling is just not that high unfortunately but he will give his team 110% effort every night which a rebuilding team needs to keep all of its players involved in the games. Crowder has only averaged 10.6 minutes a game this season scoring 3.6 points on 43.4% shooting with 1.2 rebounds but most impressive is his free throw percentage which is at 90.9%. Don't excpect these numbers to stay the same on the Celtics as more playing time will allow him a chance to show what he can bring to this team.
The Celtics also acquired a 2015 first round pick and a future second round pick. So the Celtics now have several first round picks in the upcoming draft which they can move to either add players or move up once the season is over but either way the team is getting better. This was a trade to acquire as many movable assets as possible. Instead of moving Rondo for a star player right now and just building around that star this trade brought back three players who can be moved and two draft picks which the team also doesn't need to use on drafting players. While this trade stings in the short term it may help the team in the future depending on the rest of the moves management decides to make. For now Celtics fans it's time to get ready for another long season of looking toward the draft and some summer fireworks because this season is officially a lottery pick year once again. As always keep checking back here for all of the news and updates on your favorite Boston teams.