Last year free agent Boston Celtics center Greg Stiemsma was in an entirely different place in his career. The young man was merely working his tail off to even get a chance to show that he was capable of playing in the NBA. Greg had to win an D-League defensive player of the year award to even get a look from Boston.
After being given the chance by the Boston Celtics, Stiemsma’s play has silenced doubts of his NBA abilities. Stiemsma showed that he is a solid raw talent at a position that is seriously weak throughout the league. Greg may never be an all star, but he is a great defensive player that plays hard. On offense he moves O.K. without the ball and has a solid mid range shot. The knocks like being foul prone at times should vanish with more NBA experience.
Greg was so impressive this year that he was a part of the US Select team that was picked to practice against the US Olympic team. The roster of Kyrie Irving, Jeremy Lin, John Wall, Kawhi Leonard, DeJuan Blair, DeMarcus Cousins, DeMar DeRozan, Derrick Favors, Gordon Hayward, Paul George, Taj Gibson and Klay Thompson show this was not a weak roster that Greg was picked to be on.
The fact is Greg should not be begging for a job, but rather have teams trying to recruit him. The great news is Boston is his first choice as evidence by these comments by Greg courtesy of the Boston Herald.
“Obviously, I have to do what’s best financially for me and my family. But at the same time, to come back to this system where I think I fit in pretty well, that will play a factor, too,” Stiemsma said. “The fans in Boston have been unbelievable. To come back to play for Doc (Rivers), hopefully we can make that work out. Boston is definitely my No. 1 choice.”
Since centers that play solid defense do not grow on trees, I hope that Danny Ainge shows Stiemsma the love. I would hate to watch Greg grow into a solid rotation player on another team after Boston discovered this talent. Remember Go Green Or Go Home!!!!!!