Today's question in the ESPNBoston.com Summer Forecast continues the debate that I think has long since been settled: Who starts at center until Perk gets back?
Jermaine O'Neal. End of story. Done. Done. Done.
The Celtics need Shaq off the bench. That second unit will have some work to do with new players learning new things early on. The C's need someone who, when the excrement hits the spinning blades, can get the ball and do something with it. When all else fails, you can put Shaq against some second-string center and he can at least make a move. If nothing else, he can draw a foul and move the team closer to the penalty. So, whatever free throws he misses early in the quarter will become free throws made for Ray Allen, Paul Pierce or Kevin Garnett later on.
Chuck's with me on Jermaine as the starter… but MrTrpleDouble10 is on the Shaq side of the argument.
He is not nearly the defensive player that Kendrick Perkins is at this stage of his career, but he is more of a Perk facsimile than Jermaine O'Neal. Having Jermaine come off the bench will allow him to be a sub for either Shaq or KG for foul trouble or just in general. Plus, teaming Jermaine with Big Baby off the bench will give the Celtics more flexibility on the court instead of a Shaq/Big Baby combo.
So what do you guys think? Which O'Neal should be the starter?