Remember way back in the day when Troy Murphy was going to save the Boston Celtics franchise and how you had to turn to the powers of the google to find out who Nenad Krstic was? I surely remember the dark days of the 2010-2011 Boston Celtics campaign. Flash forward 2 weeks and Nenad Krstic has carved out a significant role with the team, and for a team short on rebounding, Krstic has stepped up in a big way. The Celtics previously had only one true rebounder in Kevin Garnett, Big Baby chips in on the rebounding effort, but cannot be consistently counted on to hit the boards with authority. The Celtics now have two legitimate rebounding threats making them an even more deadly team than ever before.
On the season, Krstic is averaging 8.5 points and 4.9 rebounds per game. Since joining the Celtics, Krstic has chipped in 13.5 points and 7.7 rebounds per game and grabbed 14 and 15 rebounds in the last 2 games respectively.
Many media outlets are going to tell you that Krstic is merely keeping Shaq’s seat warm until he returns from injury and that could be very well true on paper. However, when you break down the minutes, Krstic is currently averaging 28.2 minutes per game as a member of the Celtics and Shaq can be slotted in for 18-20 minutes per game essentially taking up all 48 minutes from the center position. Krstic should not see a hit in minutes, but he should see an up tic in production as he’ll run with the second team often times matching up with the opponents back up bigs or a team’s first line center that could very well be in foul trouble having tried to stop the Big Shamrock moments earlier. The return of Jermaine O’Neal is a possibility, but then again we’ll cross that bridge if we ever have to.
I am pumped for this possible scenario and if it never materializes I can think about the “what if’s” whilst watching a dude with some awesome male pattern baldness going off nightly chipping in 10 points and 12-15 rebounds a night leading the Boston Celtics to banner number 18.