Evan Turner picks his all-time Boston Celtics starting lineup

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Evan Turner picks his all-time Boston Celtics starting lineup

For a storied franchise like the Boston Celtics, it's borderline impossible to assemble the organization's "all-time" starting five. There always will be a select few legendary C's players who get snubbed.

So to send the Internet into a frenzy, NBA TV asked the Twitterverse to pick its all-time C's lineup while only being able to spend 15 points. The players and their point values go as follows:

5 points: Bill Russell, Larry Bird, John Havlicek, Kevin McHale, Paul Pierce.
3 points: Kevin Garnett, Bob Cousy, Dave Cowens, Jo Jo White, Tommy Heinsohn.
1 point: Rajon Rondo, Sam Jones, Robert Parish, Ray Allen, Antoine Walker.

Ex-Celtic Evan Turner decided to chime in with his go-to starting five, selecting Bird, Pierce, Garnett, Rondo, and Allen.

With it being so difficult to budget those precious 15 points, it's tough to disagree with Turner's picks. The Atlanta Hawks forward went with the 2008 championship lineup and simply replaced Kendrick Perkins with Larry Legend. The one mistake here may be taking Pierce over Russell, but we'll let it slide.

Speaking of legendary C's players, NBC Sports Boston's Celtics insiders A. Sherrod Blakely and Chris Forsberg recently drafted their Olympic 3-on-3 basketball team from Boston's all-time roster. While you ponder who to spend your 15 points on, you can check that out here.

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Evan Turner shuts down Nick Wright over questionable Enes Kanter take

Evan Turner shuts down Nick Wright over questionable Enes Kanter take

Enes Kanter has been somewhat of a lightning rod during his NBA career, but he has a staunch supporter in Evan Turner.

As Kanter revealed Wednesday, Turner -- his teammate on the Portland Trail Blazers for the second half of last season -- helped sell the big man on the Boston Celtics in free agency.

C's president of basketball operations Danny Ainge took some heat for suggesting Kanter and Kemba Walker were his "Plan A" in free agency, and FS1's Nick Wright piled on Thursday, suggesting Kanter is "not part of anyone's Plan A."

That's when Turner chimed in to defend his ex-teammate.

We should point out Kanter has a history with Wright. Shortly after agreeing to his two-year, $10 million deal in Boston, the 27-year-old big man mocked Wright's new haircut after the "First Things First" analyst called his and Walker's signings a "disaster."

The two have kept their Twitter feud alive since then, so Wright may have extra motivation to take digs at Kanter on-air.

As for Wright's actual argument, defense has been a weak point in Kanter's NBA game. But the 6-foot-11 forward is a productive scorer (13.7 points per game last season) and effective rebounder on both ends (6.0 defensive rebounds, 3.8 offensive rebounds), so if he can improve defensively, he could be a nice pickup for the C's.

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Evan Turner played a key role in selling Enes Kanter on Celtics

Evan Turner played a key role in selling Enes Kanter on Celtics

Danny Ainge himself admitted Enes Kanter probably could have made more money elsewhere.

So, why did the veteran big man choose the Boston Celtics in free agency? You can thank Evan Turner in part.

As Kanter considered the C's as a free-agent destination, Ainge suggested he reach out to Turner, his teammate on the Portland Trail Blazers for part of the 2019 season and former Celtic who spent two seasons in Boston from 2014 to 2016.

Turns out that was a good suggestion, as Turner gave Kanter a five-star review of the C's.

"He told me how amazing and friendly the front office was," Kanter told The Athletic's Jay King on Wednesday after his introductory press conference at the Auerbach Center. "He told me it’s like a family. From the moment that you step on that court, they’re going to love you, treat you like family."

Turner also sold Kanter on the basketball side of Boston, and with good reason: The veteran wing parlayed two solid seasons under Celtics head coach Brad Stevens into a four-year, $70 million contract with the Blazers.

"(Turner) told me how much he trusts in Brad," Kanter told King. "All he kept saying is how much he trusts in him.

" ... He told me amazing things about the organization, about the fan base, about the coaching staff and everything. So, it’s pretty awesome."

Combine Kanter's trust in Turner (one of his close friends in Boston) with a separate phone call from fellow recruit Kemba Walker and a good first impression from the Celtics' ownership, and the 27-year-old big man was convinced to sign in Boston -- where he fittingly took Turner's former No. 11 jersey.

"I just met all the owners today,” Kanter said at his press conference. "I’ve never seen anything like this before. They actually come talk to you, and that just shows so much respect. They’re having a conversation with you. That's something that’s very special."

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