This is the third showing of a season ending feature here at CLNS Radio grading the Celtics individual performances throughout the 2010-2011 season. Stay tuned every day to see who’s making the Dean’s List and who’s not.
Games Played: 15
Minutes Per Game: 12.7
Points Per Game: 2.4
Breaking it Down:
Statistical Output: D
Impact on Team: C
Joining the Enemy
What better way is there to get back at the team that let you go than to sign with one of their biggest rivals? That is exactly what Carlos Arroyo did following being released by the Miami Heat after the Heat decided to go down a different path at the point guard position by signing Mike Bibby.
With Rajon Rondo and Delonte West dealing with injuries, Danny Ainge brought Carlos Arroyo on board as a premium insurance plan for the point guard position. Arroyo played his first game with the Celtics on March 9th against the Los Angeles Clippers. He played 15 minutes in that game.
Playing with Efficiency
Arroyo didn’t exactly earn his spot in the TD Garden rafters for his play this season with the Celtics; however, he did always seem to do the right things when Doc put him into games. His stats are far from mind-boggling but what did you expect from a guy playing behind one of the most talented point guards in the league, as well as one of the best backup point guards in the league.
When put into games, Arroyo was never in the position to take over yet he never made the mistakes that allowed teams to climb back into games. Unlike other players on the team (Troy Murphy), Arroyo was efficient when he shot from behind the arc. He shot 60% from behind the arc while in Boston, knocking down 3 out of his 5 attempts.
Scouting the Enemy
Doc Rivers joked at one point during the season about signing Arroyo simplify for the fact that he had a detailed scouting report on the Miami Heat. Unfortunately, the scouting report wasn’t detailed enough to aid the sluggish Celtics against the Heat in the playoffs.
You still have to imagine that having somebody inside the Miami Heat playbook helped the Celtics in a few scenarios during the series.
The Final Grade
It’s hard to really grade Arroyo’s time in Boston because of who he was playing behind. Of course you can say the signing was a failure due to the fact that the Celtics season ended poorly, but that in itself would be a poor assessment.
For the minimum salary (1.2 million) the Celtics had to pay out to Arroyo, he ended up being pretty good insurance for Rondo and West.
Had Arroyo been forced to play due to an injury, I wouldn’t have been concerned at all about him making mistakes that would have cost the team. During his time with the Celtics, he always played smart and made the players around him better.
You can’t really penalize a guy for not being chosen to play. And for that reason, I’ll give Arroyo a C- for his time in Boston. Could have been better, could have been worse.
What needs to be improved for next term?
Just like Troy Murphy, most are speculating that Arroyo will be transferred out of the school of Celtics this off season. The chances that the Celtics and Arroyo meet up again in 2011-2011 are pretty slim. Due to his passing ability and experience, Carlos should be able to find better money elsewhere.
If you were Carlos’ parents would you be impressed with the report card he brought home? Do you agree with the assessment? Leave your thoughts on Carlos’ season in the comments section below!
Previous Report Cards: Avery Bradley, Troy Murphy
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