Boston Celtics Greg Stiemsma's Defense Will Hold Off Hollins

By Rob Nelson

The Boston Celtics needed another center for the roster. Jermaine O’Neal is done. Chris Wilcox is out for the year with his heart condition. Kevin Garnett is logging a lot of minutes and that is not good for his older frame. Heck even backup Greg Stiemsma is bagged up. This means the signing of 7 footer Ryan Hollins is a welcomed sight.

Hollins has never really unlocked his potential. The seven footer is athletic and plays with real energy. He can finish around the rim and can run the court very well. He has had such great potential that teams like Dallas, Cleveland, and Minnesota all thought he could be a real player in this league. however, his rebounding was awful and he always seemed to just fall out of the rotation as guys play better or a coach wanted to get a better look at a younger player.

The fact is do not expect to see too much of Hollins for the sole reason that Greg Stiemsma is playing too well to relinquish any minutes. Stiemsma plays hard and with a ton of energy at the defensive end. His stat line of 5 blocks and 4 steals gives a person an idea of just how active he is in the paint. There are even more shots that he did not block and just bothered that will not show up in the box score. He also may not have the rebounding numbers, but he boxes his man out well and allows KG easy boards that are uncontested.

Stiemsma has earned both minutes and KG’s respect. KG before the game made it clear that Greg should be rewarded with a long term deal. KG is usually very tough on rookies, but he has had nothing but praise for his beloved “Steamboat”. Granted Hollins does not know the system and will have to learn it, but the real reason he will not see minutes is because of Stiemsma’s play remember go Green or GO Home!!!!!!!!!!

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