4. Nenad Krstic, Boston Celtics center 2011
The year 2011 was a strange one for the Boston Celtics. It marks what was perhaps Danny Ainge’s biggest mistake, trading away longtime starting center Kendrick Perkins to the Oklahoma City Thunder. In return, the Celtics received Jeff Green, Nenad Krstic, cash, a 2012 first-round draft pick, and a 2013 second-round draft pick.
Oddly enough, it was Krstic who played the biggest role on that season’s team. He started in 20 regular-season games after arriving in Boston mid-season. The Serbian center posted decent stats, scoring 9.1 points and grabbing 5.3 rebounds per game. He was pretty efficient as well, knocking down 53.7% of his attempts from the field.
Though Krstic was a staple in the Celtics’ rotation for the back half of the 2010-11 campaign, his role pretty much disappeared in the postseason.
He logged just eight minutes across seven playoff games. His numbers reflected the smaller role, as Krstic averaged just 1.7 points and 1.7 rebounds in each contest.
Though Krstic arrived in Boston at just 27 years old, it was the final stop in his seven-year NBA career.
The following season, he then headed overseas to join CSKA Moscow in the Euroleague. Krstic spent the next three seasons there before joining Anadolu Efes for the 2014-15 campaign.