|Here is an article I wrote on Celtics Green on December 2, 2009. I've always said that Perk's value will never be understood from the box scores but in this piece, some numbers do show his contributions. But his importance to a team goes way beyond the numbers and anyone who has followed him for any amount of time knows that. Perk is a Beast and there's just no denying it. |
I think back to Perk's first 4 seasons in the league and how many articles I wrote about what a great player he was going to be and how I loved the way he played defense. Way back then, I was a lone voice singing Perk's praises. Well, almost a lone voice. The crack staff over at Perkisabeast were also on the Perk bandwagon with me back then.
I have been so excited to see all the love that Perk is getting lately. And he deserves every bit of it. Here is just a sampling of what I found just in the last day. First, from Celtics Hub:
Kendrick Perkins is leading the league in FG Percentage at 64.3% per game. Let that register for a little bit for a guy who use to be one of the most hesitant shooters on the team, if not the league..
That is good, but it gets even better. Hardwood Paroxysm set out to use stats to refute the Celtics Hub article and ended up gushing over Perk even more.
I was all prepared to rip this to shreds with advanced staty-stats. Then I actually looked at them. And you know what? Perk’s been downright awesome. He’s averaging 17.4 points per 40. THINK ABOUT THAT. ON A TEAM WITH KG, PIERCE, AND ALLEN (AND RONDO) HE’S AVERAGING 17.4 PER 40.No matter how you crunch the numbers, Perk is a beast. Damn Lies and Statistics is a site geared toward fantasy basketball and even there, I found good things being said about Perk. It doesn't matter whether we are talking shooting percentage, PER, or fantasy stats, Perk is getting noticed:
The one line that stood out to me in Boston’s 108-90 win in Charlotte was Kendrick Perkins‘ 21-point, 12-rebound, 3-block effort, which also included 9-for-10 shooting from the floor. Perkins is a real-life monster. I mean that literally. He is the spitting image of Boris Karloff after makeup, but make no mistake, this is one of the best big men in the league. He is strong like bull and is an outstanding man-on defender. He is developing a decent touch from mid range and with Kevin Garnett beginning to fade and Rasheed Wallace withering away, he will be a key to what I think will be a Celtic championship. Steal him from a non-suspecting owner.Next, I found that A. Sherrod Blakely on CSNNE is also singing Perk's praises along with Larry Brown and Dwight Howard.
The Boston Celtics are riding a five-game winning streak and Perkins' all-around game has been a major factor in that success.Now, just a few quotes from ME about Perk. The first one is from October 2006:
It is no surprise to hear that Perk is putting in extra work after practice.This one is from October 2007
Perk has made himself into one of the toughest players on the Celtics and in the league. His work ethic is second to none and each year he improves his game in some areas. Center is one of the toughest positions to fill and the Celtics have filled this position with a very tough rebounder, shot blocker, and defender. He gives the Celtics something they haven't had in many years, and that is an enforcer. I truly believe that Perk can establish himself as one of the premier centers in the league.And, finally, another quote from A Sherrod Blakely on CSNNE:
And his development, maybe more than any other player on this roster, is what makes this Boston team potentially better than the 2008 championship squad.I was going to finish this here, but just overnight, more love for Perk has surfaced. CelticsBlog has their lead piece on Perk and all the love he getting. And the Globe has Perk front and center as well. They quote Larry Brown, Doc, Kevin Garnett and Rondo singing Perk's praises. Here's the quote from Rondo.
“He’s the reason why we’re getting in the bonus so early in the game,’’ Rondo said. “He’s doing the dirty work, getting the offensive rebounds. Perk is my best friend on the team. We have a great relationship and I hope that continues.’’The Herald also jumps in with some love, this time from the Chief. Robert Parish loves Perk too.
Parish loves to watch Perkins for the simple reason that the youngster reminds him of the way the game used to be played, when big men were paint-oriented.I love Perk. And, finally, it seems that everyone else does too.
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