Celtics Finally Make a Move: Add Von Wafer

Articles, News — By on July 29, 2010 at 7:35 pm


Alex Kennedy of Hoopsworld is reporting that the Celtics have agreed to a deal with Von Wafer. Wafer spent last season with Olympiakos where he simply did not play well. Wafer shot only 36% from the field and averaged only 3 points a game during Greek League play.

However during his last season in the NBA, with the Houston Rockets, Wafer averaged about 10 points a game while shooting 45% from the field and 39% from the three point line. Celtics fans may remember the three point he hit to beat the Celtics during that season.

I left Wafer out of my bargain bin column I wrote about the Celtics free agency prospects a few days ago but he was on my radar and the Celtics for a little while. Wafer is a young athletic player with the ability to shoot from distance, in essence he could be exactly the kind of player the Celtics need.

However Wafer is no sure thing. He was a second round draft pick and didn’t crack a rotation in his first three years in the NBA. Wafer then struggled mightily in Greece last year.

Wafer isn’t going to come in and carry the Celtics to a championship or anything crazy like that. However if he can put together a season like he did in 08-09 Wafer could turn out to be a huge addition for them. We all know the Celtics desperately need a backup wing who can shoot from distance. Their biggest problem last season was an inability to shoot the three and a lack of scoring of the bench which is something Wafer can bring to the table. Also the Celtics need someone to fill the role of defensive stopper and Wafer can help with that.

Wafer gained playoff experience during his one season with the Rockets and actually did quite well. He scored nine points a game, shot 43% from the field and 40% from the three point line. Wafer is still an unproven commodity, he is young and still has room to grow as a player. He has landed in an excellent position on a veteran laden team that is chasing another championship ring. I think he has a real chance to excel with the Celtics. Pierce, Allen, Rondo, and Garnett will take the eyes of the defense far away from Wafer and give him a chance to be the three point specialist and backup scorer they need so badly. Whether or not Wafer works out or not is yet to be seen but I like the idea of bringing him in. It is a low risk, high reward type or move and hopefully it will pay off.

11 Comments

  1. Tyler says:

    So what does this mean for Rudy Fernandez I wonder? I hope this doesn’t eliminate the chance of us getting him. Wafer does nothing for me.

  2. james says:

    wafer was huge in houston. can defend much better than fernandez too. i only ever wanted fernandez because i hoped we’d get pryzbilla in the trade with him, but realistically i dont think that would have happened anyway!

  3. dreik says:

    I don’t get why Rudy is off the table??? We still need another wing. Jesus the C’s r gonna suck next year. These bench is lookin pretty hideous.

  4. Tyler says:

    Im hoping Rudy isn’t off. I guess they are completely different players so maybe we still see a trade soon for him.

  5. Adam says:

    I don’t mind Wafer, but I still want Rudy!

  6. Tyler says:

    Well the more I research Wafer, the more I like him, but yeah I definitely still want Rudy. I just don’t see Rudy, Wafer, and Marquis all getting minutes. Not to mention fitting in Avery somewhere.

  7. Leo B says:

    Are you kidding me ? Not a great vote of confidence for Danny on this one. Go get some players

  8. Ryan says:

    We need something or someone to trade to the Blazers to get Rudy. Seeing as how the Celtics signed him for the minimum deal, maybe it was to get trading power? Time will tell! I really want Rudy for power off the bench!

  9. C says:

    I would rather have McCants. They both got baggage but McCants has more potential

  10. I like Wafer. He can shoot the ball, finish at the rim, he plays with good energy and he hit a lot of big shots for Houston down the stretch of games. I like like hit fit here, and how what he brings can benefit Quis. Nate can bring the ball up, Wafer can spread the floor, and Quis can relegate to his true strength as a scorer (go to work via triple-threat off the catch at 10-12 feet). If the defense collapses, Quis is smart enough to make the right play and kick it back out to an open shooter. If they go 1-on-1, Quis will probably get a good (yet awkward) pull-up shot off the bounce in the paint.

    I like the lineups we can use. You can put Quis with Paul, Ray or Wafer. You can play Wafer with Paul or Quis, and even Ray at times against some of the smaller wing rotations. And they all bring something different. Doc has options, and he can play around with rotations.

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