Three Cheap Centers the Celtics Should Consider Trading For

It’s without a doubt that one of the Celtics’ biggest flaws throughout this great start to the season is their frontcourt.

The Celtics currently rank 21st in rebounding %, grabbing just under half of the rebounds that fall to them. To put this in perspective, the majority of the top teams in the NBA have a rebounding percentage above 50%. That could be a huge problem come playoff time. It would serve the Celtics well to address this center problem sooner rather than later.

Here are three options the Boston Celtics should consider, without breaking the bank.

Nerlens Noel

Team: Oklahoma City Thunder

2019 Stats: 7.7 PTS/4.8 RBS

Although not the elite center you may be looking for, Noel can provide you with the size against guys like Embiid, at a quarter of the cost of a guy like Myles Turner. He’s as cheap as you are going to get, and might not even need to be traded for. Rumors have swirled around Noel for months now, questioning OKC’s want for him on the roster. If he’s cut, sign him immediately. But if the Thunder hold on to him, the Celtics should seriously consider looking at this man as we inch closer to the trade deadline.

Dewayne Dedmon

Team: Sacramento Kings

2019 Stats: 5 PTS/4 RBS

Dewayne Dedmon has been shadowed the entire season by the likes of Richard Holmes, drastically bringing his year averages down. Just last year, Dedmon averaged 11 points per game to go along with 8 rebounds. If Dedmon is put in a position to play 20+ minutes a game, he will succeed. The Celtics should certainly look into making an offer to the Kings, one that would keep any big-name players out of the deal. He would be an excellent addition to this Celtics squad at little to no cost.

Jake Layman

Team: Minnesota Timberwolves

2019 Stats: 10.5 PTS/3.9 RBS

Layman doesn’t come off as an exact fit for the Celtics. He isn’t much of a rim protector, nor will he amaze you with his rebounding numbers. However, he’s extremely versatile in who he can guard. Injuries have kept him on the sideline for most of the season, but on the court, he’s performed well for the Wolves. He wouldn’t solve the rebounding problem for the Celtics, but he would give far more depth and versatility then Dedmon or Noel. His pick and roll defense would help immensely, something the Celtics have struggled to contain against the top teams.

 

Wicked Wrap-Up

The Celtics sit as one of the top teams in the league and no one is complaining. But, there are some glaring problems with this team when we come into contact with a star center. If the Celtics want to continue the success they are seeing early on, trading for a big man should be their top priority.

 

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