Keyon Dooling is in, signing for the vet min. Dooling is a pro’s pro, a savvy vet who doesn’t get too many people on the outside excited, but his return definitely gets the coaching staff and his Celtics teammates totally geeked. He’s the kind of player who gets the most out of what he brings to the table, and with an improved cast at his disposal, Dooling’s game should get a nice little bump in the process.
Not surprisingly, Dooling’s most productive seasons were the ones he spent in Orlando. His scoring averages and field goal percentages were the best of his modest career, thanks to the talent on those teams. The 2012 -13 Boston Celtics looked to be similarly stocked. Danny Ainge has rebuilt the Celtics smartly, especially given the salary cap parameters facing him. Dooling’s signing means that the Celtics have the much-needed point guard depth to spell Rajon Rondo and ease the ball-handling load on Jason Terry.
And now Dooling looks poised to knock down shots at a 43-46% clip, a range he hasn’t seen since those days in a Magic uniform. With shooters like Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Courtney Lee, Brandon Bass and Terry on the floor at any point, Dooling should find himself with a little more room to get his shot off.
And if Dooling steps up and plays big as expected, Ainge should get credit for convincing the reserve point guard to sign for the veteran’s minimum.