After watching the first six games of the 2011-12 season, many fans have been impressed by the new additions to the Celtics roster. Three specific players that have impressed are Brandon Bass, Keyon Dooling, and Greg Steimsma.
During the off season, the Celtics traded their sixth-man, Glen Davis, for power forward Brandon Bass. Many fans were unsure if Bass could fill the role that Davis had been playing. Bass has definitely embraced his new role and many fans seem to prefer him over Davis. Bass has been averaging 13.8 ppg and 5.5 rpg. With his athleticism, consistent scoring, and tough defense, it’a not a long shot to say that Bass could contend for the Sixth-Man of the Year Award.
For many years it feels like the Celtics have been trying to find a reliable point guard to back up Rajon Rondo, and it seems like they have finally found that player in Keyon Dooling. Dooling has done very well at managing the team when Rondo’s on the bench. He’s also been contributing a solid 7.5 ppg.He has shown his ability to hit big shots and with his veteran experience, hopefully Dooling will be running the second unit for years to come.
Surprisingly, rookie center Greg Steimsma has been having a great season as well. Despite this being his first year in the NBA, Steimsma has been playing with confidence. Averaging a whopping 3 blocks per game, Steimsma has been showing why he was the NBA D-League Defensive Player of the Year last year. Hopefully, Steimsma can continue his solid play and become the Celtics defensive presence in the paint that they have been lacking.
Ever since the Celtics won the championship in 2008, they have lacked consistent play off their bench. While this year’s team probably won’t be contending for a championship, a run in the playoffs is certainly possible with the way the bench has been playing.