The Boston Celtics got their big three of Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen for the 2008 NBA Season. As any one of them or head coach Doc Rivers would have told you, you do not win a championship with just three guys. GM Danny Ainge needed to fill out the rest of the roster with a mix of young and veteran players; one move that was a home run was signing Eddie House that offseason. He was never the flashiest player and was really a journeyman before signing with the Celtics. Ainge knew could help the team with his great three-point and free-throw shooting; House was also an excellent locker room presence for the franchise. He was one of the guys the younger players could look up to; that type of trait is invaluable.
House’s play during his first season was outstanding relative to the team’s expectations. He was never going to be confused for an all-star player, but he did so many little things that season that would never be found in a box score. He shot right around 40 percent from three-point range that first season and also shot an astounding 91 percent from the free throw line. Making nine out of ten free throws is something that can only benefit a team, and along with Allen, gave the team two of the best free throw shooters in the NBA.
House was a shrewd signing by Ainge and paid off for the franchise in a big, big way.
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