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Roster focus: Darko Milicic

Posted by Gary Dzen, Boston.com Staff  October 5, 2012 07:29 AM

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The Celtics begin their exhibition season today in Istanbul. As the the games begin, our roster focus ends. Here's the last edition (note: it was difficult to find a more current photo).

Darko Milicic
Reserve center
7-feet, 250 pounds, 27-years-old
2012/13 salary: $1.3

darkofocus.jpgStrengths: We've saved the best for last. I'm being facetious, of course, but the point of this little exercise is to identify actual strengths or weaknesses of these players rather than hammer home perceived notions. Milicic is a legitimate 7-footer. He can rebound and block shots, and he has a good variety of post moves. He's a perfectly capable second or third-string NBA center.

Room to improve: Milicic could get better in all of those areas. The Celtics will settle for defense and rebounding.

Projections for 2012/13: 57 games, 5.6 points, 3.9 rebounds, 1.1 blocks

Outlook:Milicic will never live up to being the No. 2 pick in the 2003 NBA Draft (ahead of Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh). But he also doesn't have to be a punchline. Frontcourt depth is something the Celtics have needed most of all, and Milicic is an above-average reserve. The Celtics can use him when they go big and sit him in other rotations, and by the end of the season fans will be grateful he is there.

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