Danilo Gallinari was one of the Celtic’s biggest off-season additions. (So far)
Gallinari has had a great career and even scored 38 on the Celtics back on Feb. 24, 2021.
Gallinari isn’t an elite defender, but the Celtics’ team defense should be strong enough to hide his limitations. If head coach Ime Udoka sees his offense getting stagnant, he can turn to Gallinari as an outside shooting threat who can space the floor for Boston’s creators — especially when the C’s go “small.”
The Celtics don’t need Gallinari to log 30 minutes per night or carry a significant load on offense. But they do need him to bring a scoring spark to a Celtics team that ranked 26th in the NBA in bench scoring during the regular season and 14th among 16 playoff teams.
The 14-year veteran is certainly capable of providing that spark, averaging 15.1 points over 728 career games. He’s also played more than 70 games in a season just twice in his lengthy NBA career, though, so the C’s should monitor his minutes to make sure he’s well-rested for a deep postseason run.
I predict the Gallinari addition will be considered one of the best of the offseason by any team. He is going to give the Celtics much-needed scoring off the bench and will be a huge factor in the playoffs. I can see it now, Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown struggle in Game 3 of a playoff series. Gallinari comes off the bench and scores 20 to keep the team in it – the Celtics end up winning the game.
Gallinari makes the Celtics bench formidable which was a major weakness for them all season.