Anybody know whats up with Boston?
What is going on with the Boston Celtics? They have alot of talent as far as defined veteran role players and young potential, they have a borderline star players in Wallace and Green and a star player in Rondo. With the roster they have now I see them finishing 7th to 11th, the East is pretty competitive so there is a wide gap. Although I do see them blowing it up and just keeping Rondo and Green around the younger players.
The problem is alot of their talent duplicates roles. Bass and Humphries share similar career roles, Brooks and Crawford, Bradley and Lee, Olynyk and Sullinger.
If Phoenix can get Plumlee, Green, and a 1st round pick for Scola then Boston can get similar value for Bass who's contract was similar to Scolas. Wallace and Humphries should be able to draw league interest as well.
Do they trade Rondo?
Who do you see being traded and to where?
Which young player do you see having a breakout year Brooks, Crawford, Bradley, Sullinger, or Melo?
Humphries has one year left on his deal and I think Boston should keep him. It seems mutually beneficial due to the fact that Humphries is in a contract year and he proved he can be a very productive rebounder if given the minutes. Boston wants to develop their young talent, but it's still good to have veterans with a rebuilding group.
Humphries can clean the glass, make your team a little more competitive (even if you're tanking it's bad for morale to lose most of your games by 20), and you can shop him at the deadline for assets or let him finish the year and not resign him ( I don't think his price tag is worth re-signing him ). He'd probably be glad to drop 10/10 again in a contract year after falling off the map in NJ and with Sullinger having back issues and Olynyk not being a defender yet, he's good insurance.
If they want any sort of success this year rondo has to come back with a better jumper. he will be the focal point of oponents gameplans and he has to be some sort of threat outside because it will be simply too hard for them to score which was the case last year and that was with pierce and garnett who are no longer around
Did you just call Wallace, a borderline star?...
He averaged 7.7, 2.6 apg, 4.6 rpg, 0.7 blocks, and 1.4 steals with starter minutes (30).
Quite the borderline star.
To be fair, he was the fourth option last year on the nets, and he would just stand in the corner a lot, which is not his game. His all star days are over though.
Wow that's terrible. I had no clue his production dropped so much. Might be the worst contract in the league with those numbers.
Wallace did the nets in last year. The fact that he is such a liability on offense was an absolute backbreaker. The bulls used that against the nets and they couldnt overcome it
Do you guys seeing any of the young guys emerging this year as breakout performers. Im excited to see Brooks possibly get extended minutes.
I think Marshon could have a break out year. He basically just freelanced ISO for the Nets last year. And he has no three point shot. So when you consider he was trying to do something very hard, take guys off the dribble on ISOs, it is impressive that he actually had a decent TS%. The Nets fired two coaches last year and I think a lot of it had to do with their failure to get through to Marshon and utilize him correctly. And the fact that Marshon still couldn't be reached and explained how to play any sort of team basketball after two seasons in the league is also a poor job coaching.
As for Boston I don't think anyone knows what is going on. It is unclear if they are tanking or not. I don't think they really know.
Wallace can probably turn it around. I watched a lot of Nets games and he looked like he still had plenty of athleticism but that he was just going through a huge shooting slump. He couldn't get out of his own head and you could tell he just had no confidence in his shot. And he had no reason to have confidence in it. But that could be completely changed with a new season, team and city. He is a very good defender and a very hard playing guy.
Brooks, to this point, has just been one of those guys that statistically doesn't look that bad, but doesn't really help you win any games because everything he does scoring the ball, he gives up at the other end, and he doesn't really contribute in any other way if his shot isn't falling. He has potential, but I don't think he'll ever be a legitimate starter in the NBA.
Its best that the Celtics first see what they have when the season starts. Rondo's trade value will go up once he proves he's fully healed from his ACL. (GMs can be extremely paranoid with the constant fear of being stuck with the broken goods after a trade).
As mentioned above, Humphries has a good chance of producing double-double figures which would skyrocket his trade value.
So the Celtics are best off letting these two players reestablish their worth in the first half of the season. However, once the trade deadline approaches the Celtics need to take decisive action. This can't be like the Milwaukee Bucks last season, where they let Ellis and Reddick slid off the team. (We'll see what happens with Jennings).
Because if they decide to hold on to Humphries and Rondo- this team could very well be in the playoffs and out of the lottery. Rondo, Green, Humphries, Sullinger, Olynyk, Bradley and yes even Wallace are more than able to make the 7th seed. Playoffs are fine if they feel confident about Free Agency. But if it were my team: missing the lottery would be unacceptable.
Have to make smart decisions. Develop and move talent. Playing for ping pongs has hurt the franchise and who knows if any of the these kids are even worth it. Parker Impresses me more than Wiggins.