You have been another unfortunate victim to unfair expectations based on hole in the Boston rotation. The Celtics needed a center, and hey, you were reasonably tall, so Boston tried you out at the big man position and things just didn’t go too well.
You still bring some uncanny energy to the Celtic offense providing the occasional threat of a pick-and-roll dunk. Unfortunately the chances of that happening went way down once Rajon Rondo went down and no one could throw you beautiful one handed floaters off the bounce. Your offensive game is otherwise limited and you are most often relegated to setting screens.
Upon the addition of Shavlik Randolph to the Celtics, you saw your minutes split and eventually disappear during playoff time. Doc said that he liked to couple you with Garnett on the floor, which makes sense in terms of teaming up his defense with your athleticism. Unfortunately, Garnett’s injury during the homestretch of the season limited the opportunities for you and KG to play together, and you did not really crack the playoff rotation when he came back– playing a total of seven minutes against the Knicks in the opening round of the playoffs.
I thought you should have got a little more run just to provide Garnett/Green/Bass more rest, I still think you are solid enough that Doc could throw you out there with any unit and not expect a huge drop off. The other Celtic big-men were absolutely exhausted in the playoffs late in games, it was a shame Doc didn’t use a slightly bigger rotation to keep the frontcourt more energetic and spry late in games and late in the series.
Boston desperately needed a rim protector all season. No one on the Celtics averaged more the one block a game for the regular season or the postseason. The Big Ticket was the only player that gave opposing guards a pause when attacking the rim, and even then he does not have the same lift he used to. This was a huge problem for the Celtic defense as Boston’s backcourt could only hold opposing guards on the perimeter for so long. This left the Celtic big men to over rotate to protect the rim and then the Boston defense was in constant state of catch-up. Long story short, Chris Wilcox– you could have been that big man, but that just isn’t who you are. You have never averaged more than 0.6 blocks per game and I am sorry that you were sometimes unfairly put you into to that role.
Going through you and the rest of the Boston Celtics’ exit interviews it becomes pretty clear that Doc asked a couple of players to do things they just were not meant to do on the basketball court. The pieces did not quite fit together for this Celtic team the way the needed to. Chris, thanks for all your energy and hard work, sorry the Celtics could not utilize your skill set to its fullest potential.
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