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Kendrick Perkins is a freakin all-star: and you know this, man

December 5, 2009

Perk is a freakin' all-star: and you know this, man!

Perk is a freakin' all-star: and you know this, man!

There are things in life that we hold as pure truths. Life is better when we keep things simple. Honesty truly is the best policy. Random acts of kindness do actually make this world a better place. Kendrick Perkins is a freakin all-star.

Before the season started, I submitted a question to @csl_justin and @csl_duke from Celtics Stuff Live. The question was pretty straight forward: will Kendrick Perkins have a breakout year? I thought the answer was yes. Justin and Duke also thought yes. Perk was going to keep adding to his game, stepping up, and being as solid as ever. We were going to see a few more dimensions to his offensive game while steadily making his defensive prowess louder and more consistent.

Many of us thought yes. But did we think we’d see THIS KIND of breakout year?

Vote for Perk '10.

Vote for Perk '10.

We’ve known that Perk has been a stalwart defender for the last couple of seasons. Much of what made Perk so effective never shows up in the box score. You can’t quite quantify his importance to a team or its ability to win. But when KG went down shortly after the all-star break in February 2009, Perk matured in an instant. Perk filled in quite beautifully as the quarterback of our defense and to anchor the crew that was charged to make stops. The Celtics fan base observed this, soaked it in, and smiled because of it. This little known factoid became a national headline when the Celtics took on the Magicians during the Eastern Conference Semis. Dwight Howard was shut down, and it wasn’t the first time that season (read this article that was written during the series).

When Dwight Howard ate Cleveland alive during the ECF, everyone knew why: there was no defender strong, fast, or smart enough to shutdown Dwight. Perk has continued that kind of hidden but excruciatingly important defense this season.

But there is a difference. Yes we know that Perk does the dirty work. Perk muscles his way to clog up the paint against opponents attempting to slash to the hoop. Perk boxes out opponents’ bigs so that someone in green can get the boards. Perk plays help defense to force bad shots. This is the type of dirty work that just doesn’t show up in the stat sheet. Yeah, Perk’s still doing those things. But his slimmer physique has given him a considerably quicker first step. Perk can slide from one spot to another so much faster this year than in the past. In other words, Perk has the strength to body up a big one on one but now the quickness to cover more ground in less time.

So back to that difference: Perk’s play is starting to translate into noticeable stats:

  • Perk has 38 blocks this season, which is good for 5th best in the association.
  • Perk’s blocks are almost an equal balance between jump blocks and close blocks.
  • More impressive than that, Perk has a 1.88 ratio of blocks/fouls.
  • Perk is shooting 64% from the field. Whoa.
  • Perk is averaging a career high 12 ppg.

But the kicker in all of this? Perk’s game is continuing to develop in ways that still don’t show up in the stat sheet:

  • Perk’s improvement in setting legal screens (hip hip, hooray!).
  • Perk’s vision to see the passing lane.
  • Perk’s ability to execute a pass when a player is on the move and cutting to the hoop (very new).
  • Perk’s ability to not only back down a player on the post, but to also front him.
  • Perk’s evolving post moves: spins, hesitations, ball fakes.
  • Perk’s slowly increasing range from the baseline.

See more of his stats at 82games.com and basketball-reference.com.

Simply put, this man is a beast. Perk is truly contributing to making a great team greater.
Kendrick Perkins is a freakin all-star, so go get your vote on at http://voteforperk.blogspot.com (created by none other than @kwapt).

A vote for Perk is a vote for you.

A vote for Perk is a vote for you.

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14 Comments leave one →
  1. flceltsfan permalink
    December 5, 2009 4:00 pm

    Yep, I know it! No doubt in my mind!!

  2. flceltsfan permalink
    December 5, 2009 4:01 pm

    I’m going to borrow your Vote for Perk picture for Loy’s Place…. Gotta get this going!

    • December 5, 2009 4:35 pm

      Please do! Please just also give LOSCY credit for the images. This Perk’s for you!

  3. Greg Payne permalink
    December 6, 2009 2:52 am

    Nice post. Perk deserves it.

    Howard will get the fan vote, but hopefully the coaches make the right choice and vote in Perk. Shaq’s too old to get the votes anymore and he’s already missed games this year.

    I took Alvin Gentry’s comments after our loss to the Suns as a sign that the coaches are starting to notice…Hopefully more than just Gentry are catching on.

    • December 6, 2009 3:26 am

      Yeah there is no way Perk will get the starting center slot… BUT, I look around the league and I only see Joakim Noah and Brook Lopez as other potential centers in the East. In that group, Perk has them all beat. Thanks for reading!

  4. December 6, 2009 5:59 am

    “I look around the league and I only see Joakim Noah and Brook Lopez as other potential centers in the East. In that group, Perk has them all beat.”

    ummm… how about BOGUT?!?!

    • December 6, 2009 2:02 pm

      Ummmmm… I love you and all, Rob, but Bogut over Perk? Whatchu smoking down under?!?!??!?!?!

  5. A Bear permalink
    December 6, 2009 10:42 pm

    Perk’s offensive moves are so much better this season! When he starts to shake and bake in the paint, I remember back to his first 4 years in the league and think “What is he doing!” But he’s making 60% plus of those shots, and he looks in control while he’s doing it. I’d rather have him in the lineup than Shaq or Bogut [sic].

    • December 6, 2009 10:46 pm

      Agreed. Agreed. And agreed. Well said, A Bear!

  6. December 7, 2009 5:47 am

    Perkins is much improved and he certainly could prove to be the “force of reason” against Superman in the Playoffs… he just needs to cool his heels on the T’s… in my humble opinion.

    Great article.

    • December 7, 2009 11:52 am

      Not sure if you followed Perk in his younger days… but if you think he’s a hot head now, should of have seen him in when he was 19-21. Yikes.
      Thanks for the read!

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