Beast Mode

Kendrick Perkins, who we all know is a Beast, turns 25 this November. He's already played 6 seasons in the league. Can he continue to improve? Last year he logged 5 more minutes per game than he did in the 2008 campaign. He averaged a career high in points (8.5) rebounds (8.1) and blocks (just about 2 per game). These were very solid numbers in 29 minutes of playing time.

He also earned the trust of Doc to have him play at the end of games. If you recall back in the championship season of 2008, a lot of those late game 4th quarter minutes would go to James Posey when the Celtics went small. Not so last year.

I think he's in a great spot. With Rasheed Wallace in the mix, I have a feeling he may close a lot of the games. But it's terrific to know if KG or Wallace fouls out, that a poised Perkins can step in and not miss a beat.

Here's hoping he gets similar numbers this year in points, rebounds, minutes and blocked shots, which he lead the Celtics and was 6th total in the NBA (very impressive). Here's also hoping his chronic shoulder problems remain a thing of the past.

Go Perk and Go C's!!!

tb727 9/15/2009 11:28:00 AM Edit
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  1. And then in the playoffs Perk stepped up his game averaging 11.9 points 11.6 rebounds and 2.6 blocks. Not to mention that he was the defensive anchor for the C's. Look out for Perk this year.

  2. I love Perk. Anyone who has read any of my posts or articles knows that I have been a big Perk fan since his rookie season. He has improved every season he has been in the league and I expect him to come back even better this season. But you won't always see Perk's importance to the team in his stats. He may not get the rebound, but he boxes out so that his teammates can get them. He might not get the points, but it is his screen that allows his teammates to score. If you want to know the importance of Perk to the team, just watch the 2008 Finals. In games 1-4 and 6, Gasol and Odom were ineffective and couldn't do anything in the paint. In game 5, the one Perk missed, they looked like all stars. The difference was Perk's defense.

  3. tb727 says:

    Excellent analysis FLCeltsFan and couldn't agree more!

  4. Mike-Dub says:

    Yeah... That was an execellent analysis FLCeltsFan... I agree completely with you too... Every year Perk improves and if you told me during his rookie year that he would be where he is now I would have never believed it... By the way nice article tb727.

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