Re: What is this Celtics team missing?
posted at 12/15/2012 12:55 AM EST
they are missing AB and a competent big man.
lee, bass, melo, picks etc. might possibly bring gortat but it will absolutely not get varejao. that will likley take at least Ab and Sullinger and a first rounder and even that might not get er done. as it is, the suns will probably want more than that for gortat so it's going to hurt to acquire either one of these guys. and yet there's really no choice if they hope to make any noise at all this year. simply having Ab return will not be enough. this team is just too weak down low.
for a team with a lot of veterans there are times when they look very disjointed too often. some of this was all the new guys, but they should be getting some of these things settled by now. more and more it's looking like as comprised this is about a .500 team, maybe a little better.
pierce and kg are definitely showing their age but can still be effective. pierce is having a harder time adjusting to the downshift in his skills because it's somewhat new to him and we're seeing a lot of bad passes and awkward looking shots from him. pierce has always been a compplainer when it comes to fouls, but this year there are times when he looks like he really cannot believe he's getting his shot blocked and throwing up awful shots on a consistent basis. garnett has obviously already resigned himself to the fact that his body isn't what it was and the substituting pattern to keep him fresh. pierce is going to have to realize he can't do the things he used to do and the team needs to find a way to share last shot responsibilities or find out who the go to guy is down the stretch. pierce cannot do it anymore and there is no more ray to pick up the slack.
those pining for a superstar are barking up the wrong team. rondo is the star if this team. he's a consensus top 10-15 player and around here that's as good as it's gonna get. if you follow today's nba you know that no star in their prime is choosing to come to boston, ever. these players are in new york (anthony; stoudamire; williams; johnson); miami (lebron; bosh; wade); los angeles (bryant; gasol; howard; griffith; cp3). okc has two homegorwn guys (durant; westbrook); chicago has one (rose); dallas has their guy (nowitzki). obviously san antonio has its trio (parker; duncan; ginobilli) and Minnesota has the guy they drafted (love). teams on the rise like memphis; philly; minnesota; atlanta; denver; houston; and golden state acquired guys through the draft and through trades and were very bad before they got better. with that said, the axiom about having to have multiple superstars to win has mostly held true, though there are degrees to it, and the celtics do have a top 15 guy (rondo); a top 30 guy (garnett) and a top 50 guy (pierce).
where i think the problem lies is they are paying 9 million per to jeff green and getting wildly inconsistent performances. were this team getting 16 and 6 per night from green they may have gotten a couple of more wins this year and this may feel like a slightly different team.
the whole darko milicic debacle has also hurt this team.
though lee and terry have been inconsistent, those are not the problem areas. bass hasn't been great, but neither has he hurt the team. sullinger has played well, but he's a rookie. no complaints there. they got a little pick me from barbosa when he joined the team. wilcox has been fine.
doc rivers is easily a top 5 coach in the nba. good luck finding a replacement.
collins is a waste of a roster spot. they need to ship him out and get a big, young body in. melo is where he belongs and will be completely ineffective if brought up, but anything is better than wasting a spot at the end of the bench.
ABs return and the additions of an actual big man in a trade and adding another big, young body will help. perhaps the idea of actually contending is slipping away, but if those things happen this team could still win a series or two in the playoffs. there is a lot of talent and a potentially nice mix of young and old if they can get things figured out.
it's a team still searching for an identity and this might not occur until all the moves are made/bradley is back, etc.