After the release of Celtics hopefuls Dionte Christmas and Jamar Smith it was reasonable to expect Danny had another trick up his sleeve, and I don’t mean to toot my own horn but I speculated on this possibility yesterday after the cuts came out:
Speculated might be a strong word.
Barbosa will shore up the guard rotation in Bradley’s absence and then function as a quality reserve at the guard spot, filling in the rotation in the event of injury. While Barbosa hasn’t spent much time at point since his days under Mike Dantoni in Phoenix, and I don’t expect he’ll be holding down the backcourt alone in Boston either. One of the arguments for Bradley coming off the bench this season is that he could share ball handling-duties with Terry as neither is a true point. I can’t comment on Bradley, but I expect Barbosa to do exactly that, giving both he and Terry the opportunity to function as scorers and distributors depending on the circumstances. Like Terry, Barbosa has always been more of a scorer, but I’m confident the two can find a rhythm coming off the bench together.
Defensively Barbosa isn’t any great shakes, but he’s not horrendous either. The past three years Barbosa has hovered around 106 DRTG, a mark comparable to (actually slightly better than) Jason Terry’s over that period. I wouldn’t expect Barbosa to see a lot of playtime without being paired with another defensive minded guard (Lee or Bradley) or Garnett behind him, but he shouldn’t compromise the teams defensive integrity while he’s on the floor.
Barbosa is a low-risk high-reward option for the Celtics all around and will provide some nice insurance at the guard spot. Adding two former 6th men of the year to your bench is rarely a bad thing. Barbosa will likely play around 12 minutes a game until Bradley’s return.
Follow Jordan on Twitter, where he’ll probably make a few more lucky calls because a broken clock is right twice a day: @OffensiveG.