Re: It is a little early,However; without a championship, how would you rate this year's version of the Celtics?
posted at 1/8/2011 4:42 PM EST
In Response to It is a little early,However; without a championship, how would you rate this year's version of the Celtics?
[QUOTE]Two starting all stars, a center voted as number 2 in the east, and a forward, and a two guard rated in the top four. Wow! Has it ever happened in NBA History?
Posted by Jump-ball-overtime[/QUOTE]
The champion Pistons sent 4 all-stars to the game about 6 years ago, there was an all-star game in the Bird era where the Cs sent 4 of their starting 5 to the game.
I am stunned that the player that I would consider the MVP right now is 3rd in guard voting. If idiots would look beyond Rondo's gawdy assists numbers which are driven by who he plays with and his inability and fear of shooting and recognize that Rose is the MVP, that Rondo would not be going to the game at all. One could easily argue there are 5 point guards (not just guards but point guards) in the west that are better - Westbrook, Kidd, Nash, Paul, and Williams.
How there are 3 or 4 more times as many people in Chicago and have not voted him into the game is simply beyond me. If Rondo had the Bulls starting 4 and went the first 20 games without Boozer and the next 25 games by Noah, the Bulls would have won about 6 games.
There is a direct relationship between Rondo's inability to shoot and his assist numbers - um.... I can't shoot but if I give it to someone that can, I get an assist, ummmm, I can't finish because I am afraid to go to the line, so I will run the shot clock, pass it off, hopefully be the last one to touch the ball and get an assist, and then hide in the corner hoping the ball does not come back to me... um I have made 16 free throws all season in 35 games, actual good point guards make 4 or 5 per game.......
There is no way Shaq should be going ahead of Lopez, Noah, or Hibbert.
Given all of this..... this is the deepest team they have had in years and when healthy should clearly be the favorites in the East and in the league for that matter regardless of what is going on in Miami.
As much as I think the Cs are a jump shooting team, the Spurs are much more so as are the Magic. So my guess is that the Cs will over time and if healthy will themselves into the number 1 seed and if not they will be number 2 or 3 behind Miami or Orlando but neither of those teams will be able to combat the Cs size in the half court set once the playoffs start.