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Irish Coffee: Celtics Quarterly Report Card

Wake up with the Celtics [1] and your daily dose of Irish Coffee ‘€¦

Entering Wednesday night’s game against the Nuggets, the Celtics have played 20 games and are a quarter of the way through the NBA regular season. It’s time for a report card …

KEVIN GARNETT [2]

PAUL PIERCE [3]

GLEN DAVIS [6]

RAJON RONDO [7]

RAY ALLEN [8]

SHAQUILLE O’NEAL [9]

MARQUIS DANIELS [10]

NATE ROBINSON [11]

SEMIH ERDEN

DELONTE WEST [12]

JERMAINE O’NEAL [14]

VON WAFER

AVERY BRADLEY [15]

  • Grade: Incomplete
  • Comments: This is a guy whose potential was ranked higher than John Wall [16]‘s only two years ago. He’s capable of being a shutdown defender and productive point guard in the league, but no late-first-round rookie was going to step in and claim big minutes for the Celtics behind Rondo and Robinson.

LUKE HARANGODY

  • Grade: Incomplete
  • Comments: An undersized guy who put up big numbers in college, can he be another Big Baby? That question won’t be answered this season. Like Bradley, Harangody finds himself behind two productive veterans at his position (Garnett and Davis). But bigs have thrived under KG’s tutelage, and he should, too.

KENDRICK PERKINS [17]

DOC RIVERS

DANNY AINGE

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RAJON RONDO: THIRD MOST VALUABLE?

Forbes Magazine released another NBA study [18], this time analyzing the most valuable players in the league during the 2009-10 season, based on win creation [19] vs. salary.

According to sports economist David Berri‘s calculations, Rondo was the third-best player for the buck last season. Earning $2.1 million, his actual value was $29 million. Only LeBron James [20] and Kevin Durant [21] were more valuable to their teams.

Speaking of Rondo, ESPN.com’s Chris Forsberg got Pierce to open up [22] about how Rondo — in comparison to Robinson — has helped his production. Here’s what he said:

“When Rondo’€™s not out there, the dynamics of the team change because I’€™m a guy who gets a lot of stuff off fast-breaks, off of cuts, you know, find and be wide open. Then you insert maybe Nate or Marquis and then maybe it’€™s a different way that I approach the game. I may have the ball in my hands a little bit more. But we’€™ve played a few games now without Rondo and we’€™ll make the necessary adjustments. There’s certain plays that we’€™re comfortable running with Rondo, just because he’€™s been in the system, and they work great for us and not so well maybe with Nate, but he’€™s only been in the system for a year and some change.

“They definitely have two different packages when each of them is on the court, and we’€™ll see how it all works out, but with either one we feel like they give us something different, being that Nate is more of a shooter and scorer; Rondo, he’€™s more dynamic with his passing. But if we have neither one of them, then maybe I’€™ll take over some point guard duties, or it’€™s time for someone like Avery Bradley to step up, or maybe Marquis.”

ANTOINE WALKER [23] STAMPEDING

Former Celtics All-Star Antoine Walker officially joined the Idaho Stampede in the NBA Development League. According to coach Randy Livingston, Walker will begin work immediately. He’ll face the C’s NBADL affiliate, the Maine Red Claws, on Dec. 16 and 19.

Here are some highlights from an interview [24] he did with NBA FanHouse:

KEVIN GARNETT VS. SHAQUILLE O’NEAL

NBA.com’s Steve Aschburner interviewed Garnett and Shaq about their relationship, which sounds awesome in theory, but most of the article just focused on whether they could’ve played together back in their primes. Still, it’s worth a look [25]. Highlights:

I love that last quote. Much like when NFL pass-rushing great Deacon Jones said [26], “Any time you go upside a man’s head — or a woman’s — then they have a tendency to blink their eyes,” KG’s attempt to be politically correct just got awkward.

(Have a question, concern or conception for tomorrow’€™s Irish Coffee? Send a message to @brohrbach [27] on Twitter.)