Why Signing Shavlik Randolph Is Not The End Of The World

I understand that a lot of fans are a little annoyed that the Celtics signed another player that is not 7-feet tall, but it isn't anything to cry about. 7-footers are rare, and serviceable 7-footers are even rarer. The other complaint was that the person that was signed was Shavlik Randolph, but to me this signing isn't all that bad, and here's why:

1) To start off, it's a 10-day contract. He's not being signed for the rest of the season, so if the Celtics don't like the way he plays, then he gets kicked off the team, easy as that. The Celtics will work with him for those 10 days to try to get him acclimated to the Celtic system, and make him feel more comfortable.

2) Secondly, he's still a big man. 7-feet or not, Randolph is a big guy. He stands at 6 foot 10 inches, which would tie him for second tallest on the team (with Chris Wilcox). He weighs 240 pounds, and has a wingspan of 7 feet 4 inches, which is second to only Kevin Garnett (who is 7 feet 6 inches).

3) The wingspan is a segway into the third reason why signing Randolph isn't horrible: he can get rebounds. In China, Randolph averaged 14.6 rebounds in his 28 games.

In the NBA, Randolph averages 2.4 rebounds for his career, in only 8 minutes of playing time. In terms of Per 36 minutes, Randolph averages 10.8 rebounds per game.

If that isn't enough, consider the fact that Randolph has a career total rebounding percentage average of 17.4%. If Randolph grabbed 17.4% of the total rebounds in a Celtic uniform, that would tie him for first on the Celtics alongside Jared Sullinger.

4) Even though I doubt Randolph will be doing this often, he can spread the floor with 3-pointers. In China he shot 34.4% from 3-point range. This wouldn't be the first time the Celtics used a big man that can spread the floor (Rasheed Wallace).

5) Kevin Garnett is still on the team. 10 days isn't a terribly long time, but I can imagine that 10 days with the likes of Kevin Garnett could seem like an eternity. Randolph is 29, so it's likely that he's past his prime, but he's not at the age where he can no longer learn new tricks.

What are your thoughts? On a scale of 1 to 10, how content are you with the signing of Shavlik Randolph? Can you see him sticking with the team?

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