Boston Celtics Need to Keep NBA Journey-Man Keith Bogans Seated on the Pine
The Boston Celtics are in full re-build mode heading into the 2013-2014 NBA season. Not only have they already traded away Paul Pierce, Jason Terry and Kevin Garnett, but there are also reports that Rajon Rondo could potentially be on his way out as well. This team isn’t built to win now, but is built to build for the future.
Considering that the Celtics are in their current state, a lot of this season is going to be geared around developing young players and seeing which players could be potential assets moving forward. However, before he even plays a game for them, the Celtics need to go ahead and rule that Keith Bogans, acquired in the Pierce/Garnett/Terry trade, isn’t part of their future.
Last season with the Brooklyn Nets, the 33-year-old shooting guard played consistently as the backup to Joe Johnson, but delivered less-than-admirable production. Bogans averaged only 4.2 points, 1.6 rebounds and one assists in 19 minutes per game while shooting only 38 percent from the floor and just 34.3 percent from long-range.
In his 10 NBA seasons, Bogans has already played with seven different organizations, including two separate tours with the Orlando Magic. However, he’s never really been an impact player for any of them. In 665 career games he has averaged only 6.4 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 21.8 minutes per game. Even more troubling is the fact that he’s a just a career 39.4 percent shooter and career 35.3 percent three-point shooter. Essentially, Bogans really doesn’t do much at an elite level.
If the Celtics are serious about their rebuild, they would be wise to give their minutes at the two-guard to guys like Courtney Lee and MarShon Brooks instead of putting Bogans into their rotation. Frankly, Bogans is past his prime, which wasn’t that great to begin with. He’s not part of the Cs’ future and, subsequently, shouldn’t be featured as a part of their present.