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Monday, 02 September 2013 17:28

What to Expect From Keith Bogans in 2013-14

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In  yesterday's edition of What to Expect, we discussed what the immediate future holds for Celtics forward, Brandon Bass. 

Next in line is one of the new pieces Boston required in the blockbuster trade with the Brooklyn Nets, Keith Bogans. Read on to see what Rich and I expect from Bogans as he goes through his first year in Beantown.

*Stat Predictions include minutes per game, points per game, assists per game, and three-point field goal percentage.*

Rich Conte (@richconte)

The most important numbers that Keith Bogans brings with him to Boston this season are; 5.06 and 10.3.  Those numbers, in millions, represent Bogans’ expiring contract and the trade exception the Celtics received when they acquired the 6-5 swingman from the Brooklyn Nets.  He does have some value on the court (a solid defender) and as a tough-minded veteran presence on what has become a very young team. But his value to the long-term state of the franchise lies in what Danny Ainge can parlay his contract and the trade exception into.

On the court, you can expect him to be in the mix to back up likely starter Avery Bradley and possibly get some minutes at the 3 behind Jeff Green in small lineups.

Stat Projections:

12.8 MPG, 2.6 PPG, 1.1 APG, 37.3 3-FG%

Tim MacLean (@TimMacLean_)

The 2013-14 campaign will mark the 11th year of Keith Bogans’ NBA career and although it’s impressive that he’s been able to hang around the league for so long, I’m sure he doesn’t brag about the fact that the Boston Celtics will be the eighth franchise he represents.

Bogans, 33, has been the epitome of the word “journeyman” during his tenure in the Association and at this point that’s all he’ll ever be. The 6-5 guard boasts a meager average of 6.4 points in 21.8 minutes per game for his career and the closest he ever came to tallying 10.0 a night was when he dropped 9.6 per during the 2004-05 season. In fact, Bogans has failed to reach the 5.0 points per game plateau in each of the last four seasons and this upcoming year will prove to be no different.

As a member of the Celtics, Keith will primarily serve in a locker room leadership role as he’ll surely struggle to find the court during the regular season. The only plausible way I see him earning a decent work load is if one of the other many guards on the Boston roster has to miss time due to injury. But other than that I can only imagine Brad Stevens sending the veteran out during garbage time.

Bogans is slated to make roughly $5.06 million over the course of the 2013-14season but since the last two years of his contract are not guaranteed, expect KB to ride this season out in Beantown before Danny Ainge lets him walk at season’s end.

Stat Projections:

10.2 MPG, 2.3 PPG, 1.4 APG, 34.8 3-FG%