Celtics and Yankees Ready to Make 2005-2006 Playoff Pushes


With the off-season additions of Shaquille O’Neal and Jermaine O’Neal, the Celtics seem well-positioned to make a serious run at the 2005-2006 NBA title.

This year’s Celtics in the 2005-2006 season:

  • Paul Pierce: 26.8 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 4.7 ast/g, .471 fg%
  • Ray Allen: 25.1 ppg, .454 fg%, .412 3p%
  • Kevin Garnett: 21.8 ppg, 12.7 rpg, .526 fg%
  • Shaquille O’Neal: 20.0 ppg, 9.1 rpg, .600 fg%
  • Jermaine O’Neal: 20.1 ppg, 9.3 rpg, .472 fg%
  • Young guy keeping them competitive in 2010: Rajon Rondo

The Yankees also made a strong run at the 2005-2006 World Series this year.

This year’s Yankees in 2005-2006:

  • A.J. Burnett in 2005: 209 innings, 198 K, 3.44 era, 5.1 WAR
  • Andy Pettite in 2005: 222 innings, 2.39 era, 1.03 WHIP, 5.8 WAR
  • CC Sabathia in 2006: 192 innings, 3.22 era, 1.17 whip, 5.5 WAR
  • Javier Vazquez in 2006: 202 innings, 184 Ks, 1.29 WHIP, 4.8 WAR
  • Derek Jeter in 2006: .343/.417/.483, 34 steals, 6.2 WAR
  • Lance Berkman in 2006: 315/.420/.621, 45 HR, 6.5 WAR
  • Austin Kearns in 2006: .264/.363/.467, 24 HR, 86 RBI, 4.2 WAR
  • Marcus Thames in 2006: .256/.333/.549, 26 HR in 348 AB
  • Young guys keeping them competitive in 2010: Brett Gardner / Robinson Cano / Phil Hughes

 



The other major difference between 2005-2006 and today is that all these guys are making a lot more money now.

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