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.
Phoenix, AZ – Suns power forward Amare Stoudemire has been calling Dwayne Wade and asking him if he wants to hang out this summer. “I’m friends with LeBron, Dwyane, Chris [Bosh] — all those guys are friends of mine…so I’m pretty sure they’ll call me and we’ll talk about a few things.” Amare said that his conspicuous absence from Wade’s announced all-star free agent comfab was not bothering him. “No way. Wade and I are tight. I left him a voice mail with the days I’m free. I’m sure he’ll get back to me once he talks to the other guys.” Amare admitted he had been checking out Wade’s Facebook profile, but that he was pretty sure recently-posted photos of Bosh, James, and Wade were from last year.
Meanwhile, free agent Shaquille O’Neal announced via twitter that he will be holding his own talks this summer. Free agents expected to attend are ex-Tonight Show host Conan O’Brien, outgoing British PM Gordon Brown, and Oprah.