With the NBA season approaching, the Boston Celtics are getting ready to make a run at the NBA Championship — but the three things that the Cs need to get over the top are a playmaker, an extra shooter, and a big to provide more size.
Ahead of the regular season, there’s time to address them. And luckily, some free agents have been sitting around who can immediately step in and give the locker room a boost.
Here are 3 veteran free agents who fill the Boston Celtics’ biggest roster holes
For playmaking: Goran Dragic
With the Boston Celtics needing more playmaking help, it makes perfect sense that they bring in Goran Dragic. He was coveted by the Cs last year, and while they struck out in March, they now have a chance to give him the keys to the second unit.
Ideally, sharing the floor with the Jays could give Derrick White and Jrue Holiday a good rest without the team missing much of a beat.
For shooting: George Hill
The one thing that every team in the NBA wants and needs is more shooting. With that said, NBA journeyman George Hill can come right in and provide the Boston Celtics with solid three-point shooting off the bench.
This veteran is a career 38% three-point shooter and that can be a great spark on nights a number of rotation regulars are out. What Hill has shown in the NBA is that he can shoot and perform in the biggest games. To have a battle-tested player to whom you can give to ball and shoot the three in big situations is something the Boston Celtics should not pass up.
For size: Nerlens Noel
Massachusetts-born NBA player Nerlens Noel is the big that the Boston Celtics need. Known for being a defensive anchor his entire career, Noel has played major roles on several teams in the NBA. His ability to block shots and defend on the highest level is why.
Having lost Robert Willams in the Jrue Holiday trade, the Celtics are lacking some serious size. Noel can come in and be that defensive stopper off the bench and is another big body to wear down the Giannis Antetokounmpo’s, Joel Embiid’s, and perhaps even Nikola Jokic’s of the world.
With the season almost here, the Boston Celtics are one of the favorites to win it all. Right now is the best time to sure up the final holes so they can feel complete.