We continue to preview the Boston Celtics roster for the 2012-2013 season and today we look at Keyon Dooling’s outlook for this upcoming year. The Celtics acquired him last offseason from the Milwaukee Bucks for a 2nd round pick. The team decided that former shooting guard Delonte West was no longer in their plans and decided to replace him with Dooling. He has had a long time relationship with head coach Doc Rivers from their days in Orlando. He was originally drafted 10th overall out of Missouri in the 2000 NBA draft by the Magic but was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers in a draft night trade. He never quite lived up to the hype and certainly was not the building block the Clippers anticipated on having.
He has been on a number of teams since and the Celtics became his 6th different NBA team last year. He provided the team with a veteran presence and was almost like a coach on the court. He backed up starting point guard Rajon Rondo and provided some quality minutes. He came up huge in the post season helping the team reach the Eastern Conference finals. With the injury to Avery Bradley, he stepped up and provided the team with a huge lift. He hit a number of clutch three pointers and gave them team a ton of energy and enthusiasm.
Dooling has limited upside but the team knows what it is getting from him. He is a solid but not great outside shooter. He handles the ball with confidence and is a good distributor. There is nothing flashy to his game. He also provides good defense and constantly pressures the ball. He typically plays right on the offensive player and rarely gives him any air to breathe.
Keyon Dooling will have a similar role this season as he had last year. He will help back up Rondo and also get some minutes at the shooting guard position. Expect his minutes to decline with the recent additions of Courtney Lee and Jason Terry. He is a good player for the team to have and he provides them with nice depth further on down the rotation.
Rob Lunder covers the Boston Celtics for Rant Sports. For all Celtics news, check out the Boston Celtics homepage on Rant Sports.