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Daniel Theis: Injury insurance or legit rotation guy?

 Daniel Theis has never averaged more than 25 minutes per game in the NBA, but back in Boston, he is logging less-than-half (12;0 MPG) of that. In eight games his far with the Celtics, he is producing 3.6 points, 3.8 boards, 1.0 assists and 1.0 blocks per game. 


The German import will earn $8.3 million this season and is signed through the 24-25 season, although the final year is a club option. The question is - was he brought back merely as insurance against injuries to Al Horford or Rob Williams, or will Ime Udoka use him as a significant part of the playoff rotation?

Theis contributes what Udoka needs on the defensive end, always hustling, moving and crashing the boards. His rebounding and rim-protection may be his main assets. But he is not a 3-point threat and has never been a volume scorer. Let's face it! Daniel was not brought back into the Celtics fold to be a savior, or even a major contributor. He is in Beantown to do what he has always done - meaning a lot of the "dirty work".

Whether that is enough to earn him minutes in the 12-to-18 MPG range remains to be seen. But right now, it seems that he is in Boston as an insurance policy should Al or Rob pick up an injury.

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