Ughhhh… Here we go again folks. The Boston Celtics have decided to take full advantage of the 15-man roster that they are allowed to have. Today they called up Bill Walker from their D-League affiliate the Maine Red Claws. Walker was averaging 17.4 ppg and 7.4 rpg during his stay in Portland. This was all while starting in nine games, and averaging a team high 30.4 minutes per game. From the official Boston Celtics Twitter page:
Bill Walker has been recalled from the Maine Red Claws. Averaged 17.4 ppg and 6.4 rpg over nine games in the D-League.
Now I know there are a lot of supporters of Bill Walker so I’m not going to bash this move too much; however, I do disagree with it. Since the introduction of the Red Claws as the Celtics D-League affiliate I have been a strong supporter of using the option to designate our younger bench players to the Red Claws. That being said I would much rather see Billy Walker tearing it up in the D-League while playing 30 minutes a game, when compared to him sitting on the bench and maybe picking up five minutes in garbage time.
Now I don’t have a problem with this move IF Walker gets some quality playing time at the big level. If we could see him come in and take some minutes from Paul Pierce then I would be a strong supporter of this. I want to see Walker succeed but the way I see it we will just be watching him on the bench or in garbage time.
So as of today the Red Claws do not have any Celtics players on their roster, and we may even start to see their hot start disappear. Of course this can’t be good for the ticket sales in Portland, although a lot of the games are already nearly sold out.
As for the Celtics, they are currently headed to Orlando to take on the Magic on Christmas day. We are not aware if Walker will be with the team or not but I would assume he makes the trip. Does Doc maybe have something in mind as far as trying Walker out on this road trip? Only time will tell, but like with all Celtics players I can only wish the best for young Bill Walker.