Re: Is Crawford our best 2
posted at 10/14/2013 3:26 PM EDT
In response to maryngary's comment:
The need for a very good 2 is a big need for this team. Without Crawford and Green spreading the floor and opening up lanes with their outside shooting, it will be tough going inside. Avery has not seen a shot that he did not like and this worries me. With his defense and a moderate amount of shots, he might be the 2 we are looking for, Lee has shot himself out of the competition. Other 2's will not get real opportunity. So to me it is between, Crawford and Bradley when Rondo returns. Or mabey, between the two, a good coach can add their skills and rotate them, were we do have an effective 2.
It's too early in the process to speculate on Avery Bradley's eventual role with this team. A point guard he is not and to date he seems best suited as a 2. Yet he may not be the best 2 on the squad. His value lies in his one-on-one defense of an opponents PG impacting their offensive readiness.
We already know that Crawford can score and if his shot selection at the 2 improves both he and Brooks seem best suited to the position. An ideal arrangement could include pairing Bradley at the 2 with (Rondo) Crawford at the 1 and Brooks at the 2 with (Rondo) Pressey at the 1 in rotations. Then stick with the hot hands.
Greene has looked lost in the first 4 games. One wonders whether he played competitive pick-up games with his peers in the OFFSEASON to remain sharp as others have done. A leader he is not but perhaps a potentially valuable follower. There may be a better leader (besides Rondo) on the squad.
Both Wallace and with increasing PT Olynyk may prove to be better leaders than Greene.
What handicapps us at present regarding projected lineups is the uncertain nature of who will be traded, drafted or added etc to the Celtics squad. It seems obvious that this team is in transition. It seems equally apparent that we need sufficient PT for new personnel to determine their eventual role (if any) on this team. Thus Olynyk, Brooks , Pressey and Faverani need PT.
Stability breeds chemistry but right now it must wait on talent exposure and development. Then comes rotations, offensive and defensive assignments.