Chris Wilcox is starting to see more minutes for the Boston Celtics during this young season and it truly is a great sight to see. Heck, it is great to just see him back on a basketball court after off-season heart surgery, which seriously threatened his ability to ever play the game again.
Wilcox, when healthy, can really help this team and he is another veteran that head coach Doc Rivers can utilize at his disposal. For me, Wilcox is somewhat unique as I still do not think of him as a veteran. He still plays like a guy in his mid-20s as he constantly runs the floor in transition.
It was great to see him and point guard Rajon Rondo out on the fast break last season. Wilcox also provides the team nice size off the bench, as it has yet to be seen if Rivers can count on Darko Milicic and Jason Collins. Collins would be an absolutely desperate move as it is painful to watch him try and run the floor. Milicic still offers a little upside as he is young and still can defend relatively well.
It is sad to say, but it is almost inevitable that Wilcox will be injured at some point this season. He seems to have a major injury at least once every season and it is an absolute shame because he really is a pretty solid player. I have always been a fan of his game ever since he entered the NBA Draft after winning a National Championship during his collegiate days at the University of Maryland.
Wilcox can help this Celtics team this year and it will be interesting to see if his minutes continue to rise as he gets more acclimated to the game this season.
Rob Lunder covers the Boston Celtics for Rant Sports. For all Celtics news go to the team homepage on Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @rlunder18