In a week in which NBA superstars Carmelo Anthony and Deron Williams were traded, the Boston Celtics made a splash of their own minutes prior to the 2011 NBA Trade Deadline, sending center Kendrick Perkins and backup guard Nate Robinson to the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for forward Jeff Green and center Nenad Krstic.
While Green (15.2 PPG, 5.6 RPG) is the centerpiece of the trade, the 27-year-old Krstic is a serviceable center who is capable of making an impact right away with the Celtics.
The seven-foot, 240-pound Krstic was born in Kraljevo, Serbia and was drafted by New Jersey Nets with the 24th overall pick of the 2004 NBA Draft. In his seven-year career, Krstic has averaged 10.1 points and 5.4 rebounds while shooting 49.2% from the field.
This season, Krstic is averaging 7.6 points and 4.4 boards in 47 games with Oklahoma City. He is shooting 49.8% from the floor and a career-high 80.3% from the free throw line.