Roster focus: Keyon Dooling

Note: This post was written before Dooling announced his intentions to retire.

We’re profiling every player on the Celtics roster before training camp begins. Today it’s Keyon Dooling.

Keyon Dooling
Reserve guard
6-feet-3-inches, 194 pounds, 32-years-old
2012/13 salary: $1.35 million

Strengths: Dooling is a veteran leader who has earned the respect of his teammates. During the ups and downs of last season, he’d stand patiently in a corner of the locker room and answer questions that neither the team’s stars or younger players could. On the court, Dooling is an energy guy off the bench, which may seem like an oxymoron for an older player. Dooling’s defensive intensity and his ability to knock down open 3-pointers make him valuable.

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Room to improve: Dooling never really ran the Celtics offense like a true backup point guard (1.1 assists, 0.7 turnovers per game). The Celtics were effective with both him and Rajon Rondo on the floor, freeing Dooling to spot up in the corner. He’s also not one to get to the hole, so opponents can play him to shoot.

Projections for 2012/13:
50 games, 2.9 points, 1.2 assists, 11.5 minutes

Outlook: Dooling may see his playing time diminish with Jason Terry in the fold. Still, Dooling’s locker room presence and preparedness make him a great bench player for Doc Rivers. If Rondo or Terry go down at any point, Dooling will step in admirably.