Originally written on In The Neutral Zone  |  Last updated 11/20/14
Moving on with the “A Study in Green” series, we look back at a CBA import who joined the Boston Celtics on a 10-day contract, and was eventually signed to a multi-year deal in the 2012/13 NBA season. Hello, DJ White. The Good For a guy who averaged 7.2 minutes a game only because he was on the floor for 28 minutes during the Celtics’ final season game against Toronto, we honestly couldn’t have asked for much more. Despite playing very limited games (and minutes) in the season, DJ did what a bench guy was supposed to do. Play with energy and move without the ball. Share the rock, take the shot when it’s there, and not turn the ball over too much (2 TOs in 12 games). (Incidentally, this clip showed the Bobcats game I attended on a media pass at the Garden. More tidbits on DJ inside.) He showed up together with Shavlik Randolph, but it was obvious Randolph became more favoured in Doc’s books as the big man off the bench as the season rolled on. Could he have done more? Maybe, but we will never know. I for one, was pretty happy with him. For a team that sorely lacked size, whatever contributions he gave (4 blocks in one Memphis game!) was more than what our draft big Fab Melo had to offer. The Bad If we really had to pick something and argue about flaws, it would likely be the rebounding. While his rebounding average wasn’t fantastic (1.1 RPG), DJ delivered rebounds whenever he was on the court for extended stretches. In games where he played short minutes (less than 6 minutes), he more often than not, ended up with no rebounds. If we were to argue that rebounding is all about boxing out, hustling and grabbing that loose ball, 6 minutes (theoretically 12 possessions at least) should be more than enough time to make something happen. I have always been a slow starter in basketball, Coming off the bench in league games at times, turned me into an insomniac with a massive hangover in the first few minutes of play. Perhaps, DJ just couldn’t “turn it on” and become a rebounding maniac the moment he stepped onto the floor? Not surprising by any stretch of imagination. Or perhaps, it was the defensive rotations that took him out of position for rebounding? No matter the reason, NBA athletes are just human beings, and we cannot expect every guy to be another Dennis Rodman. The Verdict At the end of the day, DJ came onto the team to bolster a badly-injured roster. With limited minutes, he did what he was supposed to. While more would have been a real bonus, I honestly do not think any blame could have been placed on the guy. Now that he has been traded to the Nets in the blockbuster Ticket/Truth deal and waived subsequently, we wish him nothing but the best in his future endeavours, and hope that he finds a place to call home in the NBA soon. What did you think of DJ White’s contribution last season? We’d love to hear your thoughts. Drop a comment and let us know.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

MLS 2015 season preview

Report: Broncos will franchise tag Demaryius Thomas

Marshawn Lynch on final SB play: 'I was expecting the ball'

Report: Rangers acquire Keith Yandle from Coyotes

Report: Bucs to keep Vincent Jackson under current contract

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Twins to limit players' smartphone use on game days

Shane Battier: Carmelo Anthony is not that tough to guard

Ronda Rousey would be 'happy' to fight Cat Zingano again

Markieff Morris calls out Suns fans after loss

Cowboys to let DeMarco Murray test free agency?

Brock Lesnar attends UFC 184, keeps MMA rumors alive

WATCH: Sidney Crosby gets leveled in open-ice hit

PHOTO: Pacquiao has message for Mayweather with t-shirt?

Nuggets break team huddle with countdown to end of season

WATCH: James Harden kicks LeBron in the groin

Jim Harbaugh tells Madonna he respects her toughness

Are the Oakland Raiders finally trending up?

Durant blasts Instagram hater for Westbrook comment

Three potential big signings the Steelers could make

Kevin Garnett buys 1,000 tickets for Timberwolves fans

Michigan fan has incredible Charles Woodson tattoo

WATCH: NIU C brings down basket on dunk

McCown plans to embrace mentoring role with Manziel

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

MLS 2015 season preview

Report: Broncos to franchise Demaryius

James Harden kicks LeBron in groin

Lynch: 'I was expecting the ball'

Report: Rangers get Yandle from Coyotes

Harbaugh respects Madonna's grit

Twins to limit game day cell phone use

Kevin Durant blasts hater on Instagram

KG buys 1,000 tickets for T-Wolves fans

Markieff Morris calls out Suns fans

Cowboys letting Murray test market?

Brock Lesnar attends UFC 184

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.