By Michael LeDuc @mike_leduc on May 15, 2014
The tallest "big men" currently on the Boston Celtics' roster are Jared Sullinger at 6-foot-9, Brandon Bass at 6-foot-8 and the lone seven-footer, Kelly Olynyk, who can't play defense to save his life. The Celtics are in desperate need of rim protector and defensive anchor. Here are five centers the Celtics should target in the offseason.
Set to be a free agent at season's end, Gortat would be a great fit for the Celtics. He's 6-foot-11, rebounds well and blocks shots. He wouldn't be too expensive, but at 30 years old, Boston may be looking for younger blood.
Monroe is not a rim protector, but he is talent the Celtics should certainly consider. At 6-foot-11 and 250-pounds, Monroe is a big offensive threat and a rebounding machine. His passing skills are very impressive and he's a true post presence. He and Sullinger would work well together, but the defense would suffer.
Sanders' bone-headed decisions, attitude and recent injury history makes the big man a huge risk, but it also makes him likely to be traded. When he is right, he is a big, defensive presence who controls the paint. He disrupts shots and plays excellent post defense. He's 6-foot-11, but his long arms and leaping ability suggest he is 7-foot-2. His long-term contract also makes him more of a risk, but he's a risk worth taking for Boston.
Not much of a shot blocker, Asik plays a defensive style that boasts similarities to Joakim Noah. He's a physical big man, protects the paint, rebounds efficiently and hustles on every play. In the one year he was an everyday starter, Asik averaged 10.1 points and 11.7 rebounds. He's a legit seven-footer and only a one-year commitment.
It is most likely improbable, but Hibbert's poor playoff performance could land him on the trade block. If this is the case, the Celtics need to make a run at the 7-foot-2 center who could solidify the C's frontcourt. One team's trash is another team's treasure. Hibbert would fit well with Boston, and hopefully he'd be able to live up to his full potential. It's a long shot, but it could be a realistic possibility.
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