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The Celtics newest acquisition may see his first minutes tonight against the Warriors, but don't get too excited.

Boston recently brought in the 6'9” forward from China to help bolster the Celtics front court, and bolster is really all he will do. The former first round pick has some skill, but only boasts career averages of 6.3 ppg and 3.4 rpg in the NBA. He was averaging 21.6 ppg and 9.7 rpg in the Chinese Basketball Association, but come on, it's China.

White will be used to spell Brandon Bass, Jeff Green and Kevin Garnett. He will not be used as a Jared Sullinger replacement and unless a game is a blowout, White won't average more than five minutes per.

Expect that number to shrink even more come playoffs. Same goes for the other late additions Terrence Williams and Jordan Crawford. Crawford may get a little more play, but Doc Rivers is famous for his short rotations in the postseason.

To steal a phrase from the immortal Rick Pitino, “P.J. Brown isn't walking through that door.”

Brown was the last truly useful player the Celtics picked up off the scrap heap and that was only after the big three convinced him to come out of retirement. The only begging anyone is going to be doing to these players the Celtics recently acquired is maybe for Crawford to be a little more selective with his shots.

White's not a horrible addition if you are just looking for bodies to help manage minutes and not get completely destroyed on the court, but temper those expectations and just be happy Garnett will no longer be forced to play 35+ minutes.

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Eric Blaisdell 3/01/2013 06:08:00 PM Edit
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