The Houdini, who is apparently one of the few residents of the North Shore area with power, spent his Halloween handing out candy and crouching some numbers on our beloved Boston Celtics.
The numbers are scary.
First, the Celtics only have seven players under contract for the 2011-2012 season. Sure, they have the starting five in tact, but they have no bench depth and this is a team that needs to rely on bench depth if they have any hope of doing anything in the post season.
The Celtics are a team that is going to face more injuries than your average run of the mill club. We have seen with Shaquille O’Neal, Jermaine O’Neal and KG that the muscle pulls tend to linger causing the aging player to sit out game after game as they try to work themselves back into a serviceable game shape. Major injuries can and will happen at random, but it’s the minor injuries that worry the Houdini most.
Second point that scares me, Kevin Garnett, Jermaine O’Neal, Ray Allen and Jeff Green all come off the books after this season. If the season is scrapped, these players have played their last games for the Green Team. Only Paul Pierce, Rajon Rondo and Avery Bradley are signed through the 2013-2014 season. NBA free agent contracts, and even the draft, are not sure fire ways of building a championship level team. You have to be extremely lucky and the Celtics have been playing with house money for years.
Here is a breakdown of what the club looks like salary wise for the next few years:
The average age of the starting five is 32.6, the average age of the entire team is 28 and that number includes E’Twaun Moore and Jujaun Johnson, both 22 and both drafted this year. Since they were both drafted this year , they have yet not signed their rookie contracts.
So what does this all mean? It means that the lockout is going to hit Celtics fans even harder. In their present state, the Celtics have no issue banging out the Garden on a nightly basis, but that will change if they are not winning 60+ games a season. Boston Fans are a fickle bunch and need a winning product on the court if they are going to garner genuine fan interest. Interest that is in tough competition considering the championship quality teams already playing in the Boston Area.
As we said before, we have 60 days to get this deal worked out. The drop dead point for having the minimum 50-game season is December 31st.
It is normal to eat 37 mini Kit-Kats, right?