In response to kdp59's comment
First I'm 100% sure that we're not tanking..Brad Stevens isn't that kind of guy.
Stevens has little or no say in the players that he will coach ,this year anyway.so the "tanking" may come from above.
He will try to push his players to their limits. We still have a very competitive roster and tanking doesn't deliver a no. 1 pick to your door and we already know what happened back in '97.
Our top offensive player will be Jeff Green followed by our 1st round pick Olynyk. Green ppg will be around 20-25 a night.
ohhhh...really? If he averaged 20 pt/game I will be amazed...I would guess 15-18.
Olynyk should be a key contributor with averages of 15ppg and 6.6 rpg.
Might happen, we'll know more after some pre-season games
Then comes our new captain Mr. Rondo with his best year as a pro 17ppg and 10.1 apg.
I can see this too, after he's fully healthy that is, so what maybe over 60 games tops?
With those three guys we're going to compete every night for sure.
I'm not sure about that even WITH your inflated numbers for Green
Then we add the pieces of Bradley, Wallace, Humphries, Farinari, Bass, Sullinger, Brooks, Lee and Pressey.
Bass, Bradley, Lee, Wallace and Humphries have all started with varying degrees of success in the NBA before. SO with Green, Rondo and KO thats eight players deep..not bad.
Sullinger and Brooks have shown promise as rookies, but both have issues coming into this season.
Fav, Melo and Pressey have done NOTHING in the NBA to date and frankly may NEVER be anything more than scrubs. but thats OK, you have to have a couple scrubs on your team.
The big question will be who is going to play more around Olynyk and Green? I think we should take it easy with Sullinger who is coming from back surgery and not rush him too fast to be the starter.
That would probably be a good idea , depending on what the Dr's say. It MAY be that Rondo is actually the one that we need to go slow with, knee and all.
For me should be Humphries because we need to expose him and make him shine so maybe somebody get interested by the trade deadline.
mr Kardashian is only an expriing contract. No one will trade for him because they think he's the final piece (or ANY piece) of the puzzle.
If we can't trade him by that time then Sullinger should get his chance. Another guy who I'm going to watch very closely is MarShon Brooks. I really like the guy and I was very mad when Danny traded him for the skinny Johnson 2 years ago.
I'm sure Ainge is mad at himself too, about that deal!
If Bradley doesn't deliver from the arc then Brooks is my guy to start at shooting guard despite Bradley's defensive asset.
This one should be interesting to watch. though I think you are uner-valuing Lee.
Another thing Stevens should try is playing small ball against teams like Miami and New York if they decide to play Lebron and Carmelo as PF. That's when Gerald Wallace comes to my attention claiming the PF spot.
I agree that Wallace will spend some time at PF this year, he has played some there in the past and is a better fit than Green at PF to me.
Watch out Vitor Farinari he could be the steal of the year.
Boy...I doubt it, name me the last time a player has played 6 years at a pro level and then came out of nowhere to be a solid NBA player? Hope you're right on this one, as we need a big body center bad.
"Stevens has little or no say in the players that he will coach ,this year anyway.so the "tanking" may come from above." kdp59
Stevens knows the situation very well and the situation isn't tanking. Believe me he should talked this a lot face to face with Danny before accepting the job. Is no brainer!! When you rebuild the first thing that you have in mind as a GM is player's development and that's not a waste of time and also that was the main reason why Danny looked at a very succesfull college coach who took a small program to the top of the NCAA in less than 5 years of assuming the job. Also you want me to mention a few guys who came to the NBA after spending his first seasons overseas and did well..Ok take a sit.
Toni Kukoc, Dino Radja, Drazen Petrovic, Arvidas Sabonis, Pau Gasol, Mark Gasol, Ricky Rubio, Nené, Tiago Splitter, Anderson Varejao, Pablo Prigioni, Manu Ginobili, Luis Scola, Fabricio Oberto, Leandro Barbosa, Hedo Turkoglu, Andrei Kirilenko, Detlef Shrempf, Dirk Nowistki. They all played on their respectives national teams in FIBA competition and overseas clubs before joining the NBA. Remember on those leagues they sign you when you are 15 years old.
I been here for a while.. franquazi