Remember when we had a valid argument for Kendrick Perkins to be an All Star?
Perk stormed out, like the Celtics did, to a strong start. November through January, Perk was averaging 11.7 points, 8.7 rebounds, and a hair under 2 blocks. In February and so far in March, he's averaging 7.6 points, 5.5 rebounds, and barely more than 1 block per game.
Perk seems to have regressed into some bad habits. He's gathering a lot more often rather than going straight up. His shooting is starting to tail off. He's just not the same out there.
Is Perk caught up in the same malaise as the rest of the team? Doesn't that fly in the face of "they're old and tired"? This kid is 25 years old.
Is he a victim of trying to cover everyone else's ass when they get torched on the perimeter? Rondo, Ray and Pierce are letting guys get by them pretty regularly. At some point, all the rotating and helping puts guys out of position.
But whatever it is, there's still no good excuse to explain why your beast of a center is currently averaging 6 boards since the All Star break. Look at the people who are grabbing more rebounds than Perkins since the break:
- Jason Kidd (7.1)
- Quentin Richardson (6.9)
- Jason Richardson (6.8)
- Carl Landry (6.8)
- Rudy Gay (6.5)
I don't see how it's acceptable that 25 year old Kendrick Perkins is being out-rebounded by Jason Kidd… a point guard who turns 37 in a few weeks. Sorry Perk. I love ya… I really do… but that's crap. That's gotta change.