Re: What could Ray Allen bring us??
posted at 5/17/2011 7:45 PM EDT
See I'm not so sure we're there. And I don't think I'm being overly optimistic at all, just looking at all the pieces...
First of all, the Big 3 were almost 100% healthy. The only one who had to actually sit out games due to injury was KG.
Most of the injuries were, ironically, to the younger guys. All but the O'Neal Brothers were under 30: Rondo, West, Baby, Wafer, Krstic - along with the 4 guys we were pretty much forced to trade because we were so hard hit: Robinson, Erden, Daniels and of course Perkins at the time of the trades.
I think the problem, therefore, was that they got worn down due to playing more minutes than anyone planned or hoped for. Again, no consistent supporting cast due to injuries, which brought on the trade, which made the consistency problem worse, in part because the injuries kept coming.
Another way to look at this, Ortiz, is that we may have 3 or even 4 big pieces of the future right here in Rondo, Green, West and Krstic. Rondo can work on his outside shot, Green and West can learn from Pierce and Allen respectively and eventually (maybe by next season's end) be ready to replace them as starters with their "mentors" playing important roles off the bench. And Krstic can learn our "system" and solidify his place as a reliable back-up. It can happen. Maybe not on most teams, but the Celtics players have been all about each other all year. If any team's veterans are capable of passing the torch, ours are. And the 4 guys I mentioned are all well under 30 and I don't think any of them has peaked yet.
So at the beginning of the year we'd have this rotation...
PG - Rondo
SG - Allen
SF - Pierce
PF - Garnett
C - best one available, whoever he is
Bench - West (combo G), Green (SF), Krstic (C), Davis or an upgrade at PF
Then by season's end, once the younger guys are ready, it could look like this:
PG - Rondo
SG - West
SF - Green
PF - Garnett (or, who knows, some young blood if he's ready)
C - whoever that guy is I mentioned above
Bench - Allen (SG, with West going to point when Rondo's out), Pierce (SF), Krstic (C)
If nothing else, we'd have one of the fastest, most athletic 1-2-3 combos in the league!
I realize it's best case scenario... But I'd hate to see any of those young guys we already have becoming the next Tony Allen with us wishing we'd paid them a little more or developed them better. Again, I don't think any of them has peaked yet. And I could see each one of them improving with the right combination of knowing our system better (Green, Krstic) and just stringing some consistent healthy minutes together (look how good West was once he had that chance against the Heat.) All of which would give us the consistency to make Rondo's job easier, faciliating his growth.
Your side merits consideration, but mine does too. If we CAN create an organic passing of the torch, think of how much those young guys would learn from these future Hall of Famers, even after they've earned their minutes and starting roles. And we'd be building on our current nucleus whose development was still in progress at this season's end.
Just a few things to consider along with everything else...