Danny Ainge may be giving the players some time away from basketball, but we are calling every player on the roster into our Celtics Town offices for their exit interviews for the rest of this week. Here’s the eighth in the series: D.J. White.
Usually I invite people to sit down for these but there’s no need, this’ll be quick. After signing with the Celtics in mid-March, you played a whopping 86 minutes (ahead of only Fab Melo, Jarvis Varnado, Kris Joseph, and Darko Milicic) despite the team being in desperate need of big men. In the playoffs Doc chose to play an out of position Jeff Green and an undersized Brandon Bass at center over you. While it’s true Doc’s rotation is notoriously difficult to crack for newcomers, both Shavlik Randolph and Terrence Williams managed to do it in their two months in the team (the latter doing so in the playoffs).
You played so few minutes the stats are useless in evaluating you. To my eyes you appeared to be a competent offensive player but you couldn’t be relied upon to create your own shot, limiting your contributions to a team desperate for offense. You were a better defender than advertised but a much worse rebounder, and on a team that already struggles to compete on the boards that made you a liability on the floor. Your skillset was ill-matched for a team lacking a point guard to create for you, and that already struggles on the boards. I’m not sure where your next stop will be but I would be surprised if you were back with the Celtics next year. Wherever you end up, I wish you the best of luck.
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