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It seems KG's jersey and position numbers are going to match this season.  According to A. Sherrod Blakley and coach Doc Rivers, KG is going to be our starting center this season. 



I've been wondering where we were going to find a center, apparently the answer was simpler than I expected.  Just move KG from 4 to 5.  It's so obvious that I overlooked it as even a possibility.  With the signing of Bass, the interest in D West, the fact that KG can play power forward if the backup center is in, there's good logic to this move.  With the list of relevant centers around the league fairly short, why go after someone else's when you can make your own? This frees money up to go after a deep group in PFs.  It's all coming together, the center-by-committee approach seems to be the game plan this season, starting of course, with KG.

His outside shot is going to make him very tough to guard for an opposing center, pulling their tallest player outside rebound range (usually), unless he wants to leave KG open.  I'm all for that, it seemed like KG's accuracy just inside the arc last season was as "high percentage" as they come.  We'll see how his inside moves are as another year goes by, but aside from Howard and Perk, there aren't too many hulking, physical centers in the league and that's good for the big ticket.

 This move probably isn't going to change that C's style of play too much, but it will create match-up problems on offense.  It also means that Bass and whoever else ends up at power forward will need to bring the defensive A-game, as to fill in the gap left by KG.  Overall, this strategy seems like a good one, what do you think?

Three Toe 12/10/2011 05:45:00 PM Edit
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24 Responses so far.

  1. J9 says:

    Now this is a good move right here, but still wanting the celtics to sign a true top center to the roster.

  2. Anonymous says:

    lmfaoo good luck KG when you have to go against Dwight Howard or Tyson Chandler

  3. Anonymous says:

    KG will be just fine against Howard and Chandler, he's a top defensive player, and a front court of West (hopefully) KG Pierce, and back court of Ray and Rondo?! We'll be just fine

    TRose

  4. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_VOTm-p-Xy8

  5. pinsla says:

    I think that a lineup of KG, DWest, Ray, Rondo and Paul is best starting five in the league

  6. Go against Tyson Chandler? What a joke... you guys think somebody signs a big contract so there now a superstar. Tyson Chandler isn't someone that has to be stopped offensively, and that's not even taking into consideration that he's playing without CP3 or Jason Kidd. You must not have seen him in Charlotte. Chandler is awesome if you have a PG who can hook him up with easy buckets... in New York they'll expect everything out of him defensively and never show him the ball on the other side.

    Garnett just has to box him out and keep him off the boards.

  7. Anonymous says:

    KG is a hall of fame PF and a fierce competitor. He will be fine.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Tyson Chandler will be Jerome James part 2. KG should just focus on rebounding and playing D. I hope this signing hurry up and goes through so we can get Dwest in training camp.

  9. Jay says:

    KG can do anything. Sounds good to me. I wonder if he will like it tho?

  10. Anonymous says:

    I can't wait to see Tyson Chandler or Dwight Howard for that matter out guarding KG at about 15 feet and kicks it out to Ray or Paul for 3 and lets say they rarely miss, Brandon Bass or DWest jumps up and grabs the board and jams it home with whomever is out at 15 feet worried about KG stuck there. KG at center, not a problem when you've got 4 or 5 other bigs on the team.

  11. Anonymous says:

    I know by choice he doesn't like playing c. But somebody's got to do it.

  12. CelticsAvenger says:

    KG can prob can get a lot of tips from Bill Russell on how to play Center to his maximum ability, as long as KG is comfortable with this, he'll excel in it, he probably will have people thinking he should have played Center for his career instead LOL

  13. Anonymous says:

    What does rondo, allen, pierce, D-West and KG all have in common? They're all NBA All-Stars. Imagine...the Boston Celtics starting 5 consists of all-stars. If that doesnt get the celtics fans excited I don't know what will (well maybe a championship).

  14. Anonymous says:

    As far as Defense, KG may not weigh 300 lbs but being a former defensive player of the year who basically molded Kendrick Perkins from a young fresh faced kid into a tenacious defender. I don't think KG will mind battling with Dwight Howard for a few rebounds, maybe talk some trash and get him into early foul trouble. KG is 6 11 with such long arms he might as well be 7 foot and even at his age is not only one of the best defensive players in the league but THE BEST defensive leader in the league. And with basketball being a team sport. Let KG and all the other bigs take care of defense and you can't forget Rondo crashing the boards and a couple guys named Ray and Paul that can do just about anything on offence. Then we have the depth on this team to give all these "old timers" plenty of rest for the playoffs. In the east, Celtics, Heat, Bulls and Knicks if they get Tyson Chandler, and with this group I say Celtics and Heat battle it out for Eastern Conference champs. Ray's got to step it up on Dwade and Paul has to man handle Lebrat, sorry Lebron but I think they can handle that, throw Marquis at them for a bit and the bench can spell everyone. With a little more rest than previous seasons, this team should be just fine. My prediction, if the team is healthy and well rested, Eastern Conference champs and Lebron goes home crying one more time with the crown of most over rated ball hog of all time,, while Paul Peirce and the rest of the team are on national tv and every website and magazine in the world once again is standing there holding up another shiny golden trophy. And as far as CP3 to the Lakers, I like the deal, we keep rondo and they have 2 ball hogs in the back court and no big guys up front, works out great for the Celtics espically if we see the Lakers in the playoffs and Chandler to the Knicks, we are still better than NYC and Dallas just got a lot worse. I'm liking every move I've seen so far.

  15. Anonymous says:

    Lets play out this scenario. KG is out at 15 ft with the opposing teams center, David West or Brandon Bass pick your poison are under the board with Bass more of a Rebounder who throws it back in the net and West causing problems for the other team because he can not only put his back to the basket but hit a jump shot or 5 from decent range. Rondo's got the ball, Ray is at one side of the court around the 3 point line, Paul is at the other. Looks like Rondo has a lot of choices for an easy assist. And not to bad mouth the guy, but JO was getting a little bit slow during last years playoffs. Take a look at a picture of KG standing next to JO. They are about the same size except KG is in better shape. Then reverse it and the team is playing defense against, lets say the Heat. Rondo is guarding whomever they put at there never ending rotation of PG's. Ray has to deal with Dwade, and Paul has to deal with Lebron. Just like every other team in the league no matter who you have at the 2 and 3 on defense Dwade and Lebron are going to be a huge problem. But I would take Ray Allen and Paul Peirce over any other 2-3 combo to put up against them. Then you have DWest or Brandon Bass against Bosh. I think Dwest is a huge upgrade on offence and a wash on D against Bosh and Bass can man handle Bosh big time. That leaves you with your Center Kevin Garnett. Who do the Heat have at center? I'd honestly have to look it up online. Eddie Curry? You have to be kidding me, that's a 15 rebound night for Rondo at center against Eddie Curry. Eddie Curry will still be on the floor at the other end of the court before Lebron throws up a shot. Then you can't forget the core bench of Dooling who is a nice back up for Rondo, Marquis backing up Ray which puts both Marquis at his more natural position 2 guard and Green at his more natural position SF. Then a group of Bass, Wilcox, and the rookies we have added, one being a 7 foot big man who was defensive player of the year in the D Leauge Greg Stiemsma. Whom I had never heard of then I did some research and he looks like a young Chris Kamen who actually plays very good defense and if he was in last years draft, would probably have been a top 20 pick. The two guys out of Purdue and Avery Bradley round out the team and we have 1 more spot to add a big man or PG/SG combo guy. If the DWest trade goes down and I was Danny Angie I would use that last spot on either Kwame Brown or Delote West. Pick your posion. I guess it depends on 2 things is size up front or depth in the back court more of a need and which one wants to come to boston more.

  16. Anonymous says:

    And don't forget Chris Wilcox is 6 10 , 240 lbs and does not seem to mind grabbing rebounds. Last year for Detriot he averaged about 5 rebounds a game in less than 20 minuets. Not a bad guy to have on a team who has "problems" at center ;)

  17. Kevin Maloney says:

    Awesome. I put KG as my center in NBA2k. He is very tough to defend and knows how to guard, body and play defense. KG is a house domain and incredible when he's locked in!

  18. Anonymous says:

    ...KG wont have any problem...and ive been putin KG as Center even in NBA 2k when i use the Celtics....and i put Green as the PF......its very sad that it took them this long to realize this....

  19. Anonymous says:

    didn't people say he couldn't play PF when he made he swich from SF to PF bac when he played in Minnesota, look how that turned out. He won an MVP and a defensive player of the year at power foward why can't he play center? KG is without a doubt a hall of famer the only challenge i can see Garnett having is playing super man Dwight Howard but the simple way to beat Howard is draw him out side and drive the lane. KG has played center well before and why not play it again if it helps the eam and save his team money to go get players like David West or Brandon Bass. Garnett is a feirce player he will be fine at any position you play him at. No matter how you look at it KG will be a great player and an all-star no matter what

  20. Jenda says:

    offensively, no problem, defensively only a problem with three or four teams. Plus expect KG to be in foul trouble much more often.

  21. Anonymous says:

    I've seen KG play PG before and he did better than some of the PG's in the league now. I think he'll be fine, The only issue I see him having is obviously Dwight, but I've Garnett keeps him on his heels at mid range, maybe drives a few times, get Dwight in foul trouble (superman's kryptonite) he should be good. Tyson chandler? without J.Kidd or JJ.Barea, he'll slip into the dark on offense.

  22. Anonymous says:

    I think knicks will get carmelo and then we are screwed.
    He with stoudamire and billups will be very strong.
    Stronger than our Kendrick Perkins-Garnet-PP-RA-RR starting lineup

  23. JareD says:

    I think that KG will do good at number 5 and he'll just need a back up from number 4 who will i think to be filled by JG OR BB...

    let's go CELTICS...

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