shavlik randolph

Celtics waive Shavlik Randolph


The Celtics have waived Shavlik Randolph, the team announced on Thursday via official release. Had they not done so, his salary of $1,106,942 would have become fully guaranteed for next season.

Boston now has 15 players with guaranteed contracts on the books, which is the maximum a team is allowed to carry during the regular season. Second round draft pick Colton Iverson remains unsigned for now, and at this point, the team would have to create a spot to add him.

Randolph was a late-season addition to the Celtics, but managed to make an impact in his brief time with the team. Chris Forsberg of ESPN Boston dug up some fairly impressive numbers:

Over 16 regular-season appearances, Randolph averaged 4.2 points and 4.4 rebounds over 12.4 minutes. He grabbed 26.3 percent of all available defensive rebounds during his time on the floor and 22.4 percent of all caroms overall, which were the best numbers on the team, albeit in a small sample size of 198 minutes.

Randolph was on NBA rosters for five total seasons with the Sixers, Blazers, and Heat, and played the last two-plus seasons overseas before getting the call to join the Celtics in March.

James Harden: “I am the best player in the league. I believe that.”

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James Harden was the MVP last season — if you ask his fellow NBA players.

The traditional award (based on a media vote) went to Stephen Curry (in the closest vote in four years), and that was the right call (in my mind). But from the time it happened Harden did not buy it. And he still doesn’t buy it. In the least — and he’s using that as fuel for this season. That’s what he told Fran Blinebury over at

“I am the best player in the league. I believe that,” he said. “I thought I was last year, too.”

Well, it’s a more realistic claim than Paul George’s.

“But that award means most valuable to your team. We finished second in the West, which nobody thought we were going to do at the beginning of the year even when everybody was healthy. We were near the top in having the most injuries. We won our division in a division where every single team made the playoffs.

“There’s so many factors. I led the league in total points scored, minutes played. Like I said, I’m not taking anything away from Steph, but I felt I deserved the Most Valuable Player. That stays with me.”

That’s very Kobe Bryant of you to turn that into fuel. Defining the MVP Award is an annual discussion that nobody agrees on.

I could get into how Harden was the old-school, traditional stats MVP, how that ignores how Steve Kerr used Curry, and how that opened up the Warriors’ offense to championship levels. Curry put up numbers, but he was also the distraction, the bright star that Kerr used to open up looks for Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, and others. Curry’s strength was not just what he did with the ball in his hands, but his gravity to draw defenders even when he didn’t. Did the Warriors stay healthier than the Rockets? No doubt. Should Curry be penalized for that?

It’s simple for Harden — if he can put up those numbers again, if he can be the fulcrum of a top offense, he will be in the discussion for MVP again. And, if he can lead the Rockets beyond the conference finals, nobody will talk about that MVP snub anyway.