8-year professional Shavlik Randolph parlayed a strong showing for the Chinese Basketball Association’s Foshan Long Lions into signing a pair of 10 day contracts with the Celtics. Despite myriad holes in his game (“his lack of hesitation from medium-range looked Garnett-like, but his clangs off the back iron looked Ben Wallace-like”), the Bleacher Report’s Sloan Piva insists the 29 year-old C could be “A Possible X-Factor For A Celtics Playoff Drive”.
Randolph received little to no playing time in his first ten-day stint, primarily because Boston was in the middle of a grueling stretch mixed with road games and playoff-bound opponents. But he served as a strong teammate regardless, rooting on each rotation and showing Brian Scalabrine-like Celtic pride.
Boston must decide by Thursday whether it wants to extend Randolph’s contract. It seems like a no-brainer to bring him back, considering the sheer size and talent he brings to the table.
Maybe the big man will return to the bench, cheering on his teammates as a grateful reserve. Or maybe he’ll continue to show that he yearns for bigger things in his NBA career, and prove himself as an x-factor for a Boston Celtics team that needs size to survive.