Remember when the Celtics took the Heat to 7 games during the 2011-2012 season? Besides the Big 4, who helped Boston make it all the way to the ECF? Names like Avery Bradley and Kenyon Dooling come to mind, but today we will take a look at some of the small name-players who helped as much.
Drafted out of Purdue in the 2011 draft, Moore has become a role-player since leaving Boston. During his stint with Boston, he averaged 2.9 points on 38% shooting in 8.7 minutes. He was traded during the offseason in the 3-team trade involving Portland and Houston that brought Courtney Lee to Boston. The Rockets decided to waive him, shortly after, which led to him signing with the Magic. He has put up decent numbers this season, averaging 6.4 points in 19.3 minutes.
Johnson played alongside his Purdue teammate, E'twaun Moore, during his short tenture in Boston. The Celtics valued his raw skills, but inconsistency led to limited playing time. He was traded along with Moore in the 3 team trade. He was waived 2 months later. He then spent some time in the D-League, before signing with Giorgio Tesi Pistoia of the Italian League.
An undrafted big man out of Wisconsin, the Celtics signed the excellent rebounder to a contract for the rookie minimum. He showed signs of potential throughout the season. He finished with averages of 2.9 points and 3.2 rebounds for the 2011 season. Unfortunately, the Timberwolves offered
him a contract during the 2012 season. He is now signed with the New Orleans Pelicans. Free Agency and the Celtics decided not to match. He was released.
Two days after the Suns waived him, Boston signed Piétrus. He was a big aid during the 2011 playoffs as he came of the bench and delivered some great performances. He averaged 6.9 points and 3.1 rebounds for the season. Many fans wanted him back for the 2012 season, but salary cap issuses would not let this happen. He ended up signing with Toronto. Since then, he has publically stated several times he would like to return to Boston. He is currently a Free Agent.