Re: One possible path
posted at 2/11/2014 12:01 PM EST
Isaiah Austin really intrigues me. This kid has overcome a lot to become a productive college player. Per the SBNation analysis, he is on a badly constructed and badly coached team. Austins would be yet another highly skilled big to pair with Sully and KO, except Austin brings a twist on what he offers. He is 7'1 with a 7'3 wingspan. He needs to bulk up, but over time he will become a very, very talented big in the NBA. I know its premature, but I see a little bit of Anthony Davis swagger in Isaiah. He can block/contest shots and he can shoot.
McDermott is going to be a Kyle Korver type, but possibly better. He is the ideal role player off the bench who can score in volume with efficiency from range. Something about a Kelly Olynyk/Doug McDermott unathletic white-guy pick&roll gets me going.
Hood is just a replacement for Green. He's been a top scorer on that Duke team and is again a good distance shooter.
Stauskas looks to me like a Thompson-type. A scorer and a shooter who's putting up 17ppg on a Michigan team with Gary Harris. He is 6'6 and a prototypical SG. I like the idea of having Johnson as our lanky, athletic, defensive SG and Stauskas as a kid who can light it up, both behind Avery our defensive stopper.
Does anyone see a trend here? This team rebuilds the Celtics around high potential young talent. Every starter on this team can shoot from deep and play multiple positions. We rid ourselves of long term, veteran contracts and open up a LOT of cap space. I'm not thinking that all of these guys stay as Celtics, but with this much young talent and space, the Celtics position themselves as MAJOR players in 2015 free agency.
The goal of 2014-15 will be to make the playoffs with a young team led by Rondo, Sully, Hayward and Bradley. My personal goal would be to acquire Marc Gasol in 2015, resign Rondo and compete in 2015-16. Future looks bright!