Boston Celtics forward D.J. White had an uneventful half season for the historic franchise. He was playing in China earlier this year, and his NBA future seemed cloudy at best. Fortunately for him the Celtics had a desperate need for additional big bodies, and he was one of the best big men still available mid-season. He barely played for the franchise, and his most notable minutes were against the Indiana Pacers on the road when the Celtics stunned them on a game winning layup by Jeff Green. It made sense that he played in that game as he is a former Indiana Hoosier who probably had a lot of family and friends in attendance. Considering Celtics head coach Doc Rivers also has ties to IU with his son Jeremiah having played there, it only made sense.
White is not a very talented player and did nothing to prove that he belongs permanently in this league. He was never able to crack the Celtics’ rotation, and that is a problem considering the shortage of big guys on the team’s roster. Shavlik Randolph, another mid-season acquisition, took the available big man minutes and ran with them. White figures to be playing overseas again next season either in Europe or back in China. He will still make a more than a decent living playing internationally so no one is crying or sympathizing for him.
Going into next season, the Celtics figure to sign another big man making the veteran’s minimum, similar to what they did with Jason Collins last season.
Rob Lunder covers the Boston Celtics for Rant Sports. For all Celtics news go to the team home page on Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @rlunder18