As rumors continue to swirl, the Boston Celtics are being linked to a very specific type of player: wingers and strikers who can shoot the ball.
We often hear both Brad Stevens and Ime Udoka talk about the addition of sizing shooters, and it looks like this summer there are plenty of players that can fit the bill for a reasonable profit. .
One of those players is Chris Boucher, who follows Keith Smith of CelticsBlog, could be a potential freelance agency target with the average taxpayer level exception.
“Boucher may take more than a Taxpayer MLE, but that would probably be an overpayment. As for Boston, he would fit that sweet spot at Taxpayer MLE. This is a slightly upside down game. It’s not that Boucher is young, but you’re betting he’ll be back to being the guy who finishes everything around the perimeter when he shoots 38% from three and blocks shots at the other end in 2020-21. If enough teams see Boucher as the guy who failed in all areas last season, he could be picked at Boston’s MLE,” Smith wrote on June 27.
Boucher is an unrestricted free agent this summer and is therefore free to discuss terms with any interested team he believes might suit his skill set. , as he looks set to continue to grow his reputation.
Boucher still has a lot to offer
Last season, Boucher played in 80 games for the Toronto Raptors, catching nine of them. In those games, the five-year veteran scored 9.4 points, 6.2 rebounds and 0.9 blocks per game, while shooting 29.7% away and 46.4% from the field.
The three-pointer was Boucher’s biggest swing factor, as last year was the worst perimeter shooting season of his career, dragging his 5-year average down 33.5 percent. However, the six-foot-nine man is also a solid bouncer and has proven capable of putting pressure on the rims when rolling out of the car.
Boston doesn’t need Boucher to be an All-Star, instead, they just ask him to be a steady force off the bench, hitting his opening shots, making his life a difficult to foul around the belt and create space for the likes of Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum.
Is Boucher the Biggest Risk?
When you look at the other big hitters this season, it’s fair to believe that Boucher is the biggest upside of the bunch. The likes of JaVale McGee and Mason Plumlee are much more consistent in their production and can be a reliable presence off the bench.
However, Boucher has been a member of two championship teams, first with the Golden State Warriors and then with the Toronto Raptors, and when he played his best basketball, there were few substitutes better than him. that. The question is whether Ime Udoka can find the situation to get the best version of Boucher on a consistent basis.
Fortunately, those questions are for the scouting department and the office, and we don’t have to worry about those details. But, if Boucher finds his best form, he could be an extremely valuable option for the Celtics as they look to rebuild the bench after falling short a few games. at the NBA Finals last season.
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