Re: The Celtics have 10 guys active and 2 of them are Collins and Melo
posted at 2/12/2013 11:30 PM EST
In response to Fierce34's comment:
In response to NYCelt's comment:
I agree with your point in principle; no one is untouchable. I still can't imagine us parting with the pick unless it's part of a deal for an established or promising big. I think we'll end up using the pick ourselves.
I understand your Redick deal, but it's simply a hypothetical at this point and not looking like we're in it with Chicago, Indiana and Denver reportedly ready to deal substantially more than we have to offer (and no word from Orlando that they're even interested in trading Redick). Chicago has far more to offer as does Indiana. Lastly, Redick is a liability on defense and I can't see us ignoring that key skill at this point.
For us, with a core of Rondo, Bradley, Green and possibly Lee, I think we go for rebounding and defense first and then worry about shooting.
Rebounding and defense for the future was addressed when the Celtics drafted Sully and Melo. We'll know more 2 years from now.
Right now shooting is the biggest problem of the Celtics. They're just 27th in the league in 3pt shooting. The Celts usually shoot 48-49% from the field when they had Ray Allen. Now they're just shooting 46%. The Celts must address this issue if they want to go deeper into the playoffs.
While the Celts still need more rebounding, they're currently averaging 40.04 rebounds per game. This is the first time the Celts averaged 40 or more rebounds per game since 2008-09. To improve in the rebounding department for the now, the solution is to trade Barbosa and a 2nd round pick for DeJuan Blair.
I watched Melo play at Syracuse for two years at the Carrier Dome. I've sat in that building and watched the prospects and the pretenders for years. I don't need to be an NBA scout to tell you he's highly unlikely to ever have a career in the NBA. He can block shots and do virtually nothing else consistently or at a higher level. He was DPOY in a watered down Big East while playing in the 2-3/triangle-and-two.
Sully is high risk because of weight and back problems. We may not have done much to help rebounding, much less two years from now. Blair is a decent enough player but at 6'7" is even smaller than Sully. Both are probably good off the bench for short minutes but one is redundant of the other.