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What can the Jays and a cast of "misfits" accomplish this season?

 Right off the bat, let me state that I use the term "misfits" lovingly. I refer to individuals, like me, constantly on the move - or at least endlessly searching for their proper niche in the world.


For the Celtics, it starts with coach, Ime Udoka. This guy has seen more stops than the Boston subway system. No NBA team wanted him, and he went undrafted in 2000. He later saw 16 (yes, 16) stops around the globe as a player - and then three stints as an assistant coach before landing his first job as head coach in Boston.

Al Horford has played in Atlanta, Boston, Philadelphia and Oklahoma City but has settled back in Beantown after less-than-satisfactory stays in Philly and OKC. Fellow-center, Enes Kanter played for four different teams prior to going into bumper pool mode, with two stints-each in Boston and Portland.

Josh Richardson has experienced a more-sedentary existence by comparison, playing four seasons in Miami before serving a year in Philadelphia and the same in Dallas. Now with the Celtics, the team has locked him in through the 2022-23 season.

Let me add Marcus Smart, Rob Williams and Jabari Parker to my list of lovable misfits. No one, even Marcus himself, knows what position he plays. He calls himself a "stretch six". The Wolverine defies description and can't be compared to any other player in the League.

Rob Williams fell to number-27 in his draft. Many GMs felt his work ethic, or lack thereof, was not worthy of a first-round pick. And it is astonishing that Jabari Parker is still only 26 years old. In his seven seasons in the NBA, Boston was his sixth stop.

There you have it - kind of like this was taken from the tale of Rudolph and the Island of Misfit Toys. But wait! That had a happy ending. Think that may happen this season for the Boston Celtics? Can Rudolph (Udoka), Charlie-in-the-Box (Marcus) and their cast of "misfits" over-achieve this season?  Seemingly out-of-place-and-time individuals often need the proper landing place to thriveIt would make one Hell of a story!

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