Re: Danny should trade Paul,and build the team around Rondo.
posted at 5/6/2011 9:20 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Danny should trade Paul,and build the team around Rondo.
[QUOTE]I cannot see us signing Baby unless it's for a sign-and-trade for another player. We are seriously lacking at the PF position and it needs to get addressed. We have an older PF in KG who has turned into a SF in a PF's body. KG is nothing more than a strictly jump shooting, above average defending PF now. His backup, Baby is a skilled player who, unfortunately lacks the size to be an effective scorer and rebounder down low. Offensively, he has transformed into a mid-range shooting PF too and, defensively, is more likely to take a charge than effectively defend. The problem with Baby is that he can't take charges on the guys he defends so that becomes an issue because alot of players can simply shoot over him. He's an above average help defender by getting in the paint to take charges. As for Jeff Green, the Celtics will make the $5.9 qualifying offer which gives them the right to match if he gets a larger offer from another team. I think the Celtics need to search for a "starting" SG. As much respect as Doc has for the Big 3, I think he has TOO MUCH respect for them. I think Doc needs to adjust and make Ray a backup who can provide some bench scoring on fewer minutes. He can still play alot of minutes with the starters. I just think Ray is no longer an NBA starter at the SG. I'd love to see a 2nd unit backcourt of Delonte and Ray.
Posted by Petey62[/QUOTE]
Petey, before you write Ray off (which a number of people like to do after one bad game), please remember this:
1. Ray is tied for the leading scorer on our team at 20 points per game (on fewer shots than Paul - and no, I'm not saying he's BETTER than Paul, but Ray is extremely important to the starting unit).
2. Ray's 20 ppg is up from 16.5 ppg in the regular season!
3. Ray has a 2.3 assist to turnover ration, second ONLY to Rondo on the team (Rondo is at 2.6, I believe)
4. Ray has shot 57% from the field in the playoffs and 64% from 3 point land (tops in the league).
5. In game one, Ray was the ONLY player over 20 points. And, he did it efficiently - 9 for 13 from the field; 5 for 8 from 3 point land. Imagine if he had some help that game? We'd be leaving Miami 1 and 1.
6. Ray averages 4.3 rebounds per game in the playoffs.
Now - remember ALL of this is INCLUDING his one bad game (Game 2 against Miami).
So, please help me with some stats that support your view that he should move to the bench and please tell me how the starting unit will replace this production?
Instead, I think Ray should simply move to guarding the point guard and Rondo should guard the more athletic guard on the opposition (Rondo on Wade and Ray on Chalmers or Bibby). Saves Ray on defense and puts a quicker defender on Wade, but keeps all those points in the game for us.