Meet the new Celtics: Chris Wilcox
|12.10.11 at 12:06 pm ET|
WALTHAM — In 2007-08, Chris Wilcox averaged 13 points and 7.7 rebounds per game for the then-Sonics. It was a breakout season for the 24-year-old who drafted eighth overall in 2002. Wilcox followed that up with similar numbers the following season, but as the Sonics became the Thunder, he found himself without a role and was traded to New York where he played a grand total of 330 minutes in 25 games.
He signed as a free agent with the Pistons after the 2009 season, but failed to carve out much of a role with the Pistons, just another veteran journeyman on a team going nowhere. But Wilcox enjoyed a productive final month with Detroit, scoring in double figures 11 times in the final 16 games.
Wilcox does most of his work inside. More than half of his shots come at or close to the basket and he’s a good offensive rebounder, something the Celtics clearly lacked last season. He’s a career 53 percent shooter who has more or less maintained his per-minute rates throughout his career despite serious swings in playing time.
Now the 29-year-old is with the Celtics on a one-year contract with a chance to resurrect his career on a team that needs size and rebounding. He was one of nine players on the practice floor Friday night when the team opened training camp and while the team is clearly in flux, Wilcox wanted a chance to play for a contender.
“This is my first chance of playing for a team of this caliber so I was willing to take this opportunity and come to Boston,” he said. “I wanted to be in a situation where I could win and that’s why I came here.”