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Player profile: Kendrick Perkins

Posted by Gary Dzen, Boston.com Staff  October 26, 2008 12:26 PM

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This is the 14th in a series of profiles for all 15 players on the current Celtics roster. We'll profile at least one player each day leading up to the season opener on Tuesday.

Kendrick Perkins

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Kendrick Perkins reacts after a call went against him in Game 3 against Cleveland. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff)

Born: Nov. 10, 1984
Height: 6 feet 10 inches. Weight: 280
College: None (Clifton J. Ozen HS, Texas)
Years pro: 5
Acquired: Drafted No. 27 overall in 2003 (traded from Memphis, along with the draft rights to Marcus Banks, in exchange for the draft rights to Troy Bell and Dahntay Jones)
2008/2009 salary: $4.1 million
Signed through: 2010-2011
Last year's numbers: 6.9 ppg, 1.5 bpg, 6.1 rpg in 24.5 minutes

Strengths: Perkins, as evidenced by his trademark scowl, is the muscle on the team. He's a very good rebounder and the best one-on-one post defender on the roster (KG is the best help defender). Need proof of Perk's value? Pao Gasol (19 points, 13 rebounds) and Lamar Odom (20 points, 11 rebounds) had their best games of the Finals in Game 5, when Perkins was out with a shoulder injury. It may not show up on the stat sheet, but Perk intimidates the heck out of opponents. Gasol ran scared from Perkins in the Finals. He simply couldn't match up with his physical play.

Weaknesses: Injuries have been a problem for Perkins, with the left shoulder being a trouble spot. The injuries have an impact on Perk's conditioning -- he needs to be healthy in order to stay in shape. He was in great shape last season, but he didn't see much game action this preseason, so it might take him some time to get into game shape.

What to expect: Perkins is a bargain, by NBA standards, for a big man (consider Samuel Dalembert is signed for more than $30 million over the next three seasons). Perkins knows his role is to rebound and defend, and he does both well. He's limited on offense, but he rarely tries to do too much. His health is a key for the Celtics, who don't have a proven option behind him. If he can stay on the court, expect Perkins to be his usual, steady self again this year.

Check back tomorrow for ou lastr player profile, and give us your expectations for Perkins in our comments section.

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