With the NBA season getting ready to start, the big question around these parts on everyone’s mind is who will walk out at the end of the season as Eastern Conference Champions. During the offseason, the Boston Celtics and Milwaukee Bucks made major acquisitions to put them at the very top of the East totem pole.
The Bucks added Damian Lillard to pair with Giannis Antetokounpo to give them what they believe is the best dynamic duo in the NBA. The Celtics, on the other hand, acquired one of the most talented bigs in the game in Kristaps Porzingis; as well as the biggest subtraction to the Bucks this offseason, Jrue Holiday.
Now, with the way the Celtics are currently constructed, they are going to be very competitive in the Eastern Conference — but after losing Robert Williams in the Holiday deal there is now a size problem that needs to be addressed.
If history has shown us anything, the best way to slow down the Greek Freak is to build a wall. And with just Porzingis and an aging Al Hortford as trustable pivots, the Boston Celtics need to add a serviceable backup center who can help aid in building that wall to stop Giannis.
Here are 3 centers who can solve the Boston Celtics’ Greek Freak problem
Javale McGee is currently a three-time NBA Champion and served a big role on the Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Lakers during the 2016-17, 2017-18, and 2019-20 championships. He is tailor-made for the role that the Boston Celtics would need him to fill.
A seven-foot center that gives the Celtics a big body that can wear down Giannis and also has experience winning it all is exactly what the team would need both on the court and in the locker room. The current 35-year-old vet is playing for the Sacramento Kings and a trade can certainly be pulled off without sacrificing too many assets should Sac-Town’s campaign go sour.
McGee’s excellent rim protection throughout his career would make him a good piece to have for that wall. Bringing him in for 12-20 minutes a night can give the Cs solid production and give rest opportunities for Al Hortford and Kristaps Porzingis. At this time, with his championship experience, size, and defensive presence, a McGee addition is perfect.