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Boston Celtics add versatile shooting big man at trade deadline

The Boston Celtics traded Justin Jackson along with a pair of future second round draft picks to the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for veteran big man Mike Muscala.

Muscala is a career backup big man, as he’s only made 35 starts in 10 years, however, he’s been efficient and reliable throughout his career and his shooting splits are reflected in that, posting 46/38/84 for his career.

He adds a different element to the position in Boston, as Muscala can play the four and is comfortable and confident to shoot 3’s, which he’s knocking down at a 40 percent clip this season.

Being down both Al Horford and Rob Williams on Wednesday against the 76ers put a lot into perspective about the center position for Brad Stevens and the Celtics, despite winning in an all hands on deck situation.

The fact of the matter is, Stevens acquired a player that can contribute and produce for the Celtics right now, unlike Jackson who hasn’t been able to provide anything during his time in Boston.

Most of us thought the wing position was more in need than the center, and I still believe it is, but Muscala is a player that can slide from the four and five spots.

It’ll be great to see what he can do in Boston, as he’s averaging 6.2 points per game on 43.8 percent shooting from the field and 39.4 percent from behind the arc.

This is another great transaction by team president, Brad Stevens.

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