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The Celtics Should Keep Shavlik Randolph

The Celtics had struggled throughout the season in the rebounding and the scoring categories. The answer to those problems came in the middle of the season when they signed Shavlik Randolph who had finished a season in China prior to the signing.

Shavlik Randolph played an outstanding season in China averaging 32.0 points, 14.6 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.7 steals and 1.1 blocks per game. To China, those are Kevin Durant caliber numbers he displayed.

With the Celtics, it took some time for Randolph to get himself situated into Docs rotation. But once he got settled, he grabbed 26.3 percent of all available defensive rebounds. On the offensive boards, Randolph helped Boston average 9.8 rebounds and 16.8 second chance points per game. These numbers had come at the right time where the Celtics needed immediate rebounding help.

Considering low expectations out of Randolph, he had been out of the NBA since the 2009-10 season. Randolph only played 38 games between his rookie season 2006-07 season until the 2009-10 campaign. The only question remains is if Randolph can retain his great numbers on a full 82-game season. But he remains an efficient scorer with a defined skill set the Doc could lean on at times.

The former Duke Blue Devil has a team option for next season which will pay him $1.1 million if the Celtics bring him back. Randolph is still a young player at 29 years old and can work out some of his weaknesses attending the teams summer league in Orlando this July. If the Celtics retain him, Randolph will provide great depth in the big man position at a reasonable cost and has plenty going for him.

The bottom line, Shavlik Randolph is a player the Celtics shouldn't let go this summer mainly because of his strong and tough work ethic. He also helped out the Celtics in a big way in their weakest areas so it is a no brainer that he shouldn't walk the free agent trail.

Joe Chancler

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