Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Boston Celtics-The Future
The Boston Celtics are getting old. They lost in the second round of the playoffs to the Miami Heat, a much younger team. Right now Ray Allen is 35, Kevin Garnett is 35, and Paul Pierce is 33. This season was to be the last playoff run for Boston before they rebuild their team. Danny Ainge the GM of the Celtics wanted to rebuild this season and traded Kendrick Perkins to the Oklahoma City Thunder for Jeff Green and Nenad Krstic. He should have kept the team together for 1 more year. Now that this year is over and has been wasted here is the starting lineup for the future championship Celtics. Rajon Rondo is probably going to be filling the Point Guard position for a few years. He is young, plays defense well, can drive into the paint and is the ball distributor of Boston. Some people think that a Rondo for Westbrook trade could work and that a Rondo for Paul trade could work but why do it. Rondo already runs the offense and is great at defense. Rajon Rondo will be the starting Point Guard. Ray Allen is the best 3point shooter of all time. He is also good at defense. Ray Allen should be traded. Ray Allen's replacement would be Kevin Martin of the Houston Rockets. Martin puts up good numbers averaging 23 points per game. Another player that could work is Monta Ellis. He puts up good numbers averaging 24 points per game and is younger with only 25 years of age compared to Martin's 28 years of age. His big problem is that he always wants to shoot. He has bad shot selection so even though he could win a championship in Boston Kevin Martin would be a better choice. Paul Pierce is 33 and is still playing well but he will need a replacement at some point. Danny Ainge addressed this issue with Jeff Green. Jeff Green is a young small forward who started for the Thunder. He has a lot of potential. Paul Pierce could also be replaced by Andre Iguodala, Carmelo Anthony, and Danny Granger. The only problem with these players is that by the time Paul Pierce gets replaced they will be the age of Paul Pierce when the big 3 first started so they would only have 4 years before they pass their prime. Because of this I doubt that Jeff Green will wait for 8 years for his turn to start. Kevin Garnett is nowhere close to what he once was offensively but the defense is still there. He is the anchor to Boston's defense but he has to go. Luis Scola of the Houston Rockets would be a good replacement. He averages 18 points and 9 rebounds per game but he is 31. Anderson Varejao of the Cleveland Cavaliers is 28 and gets the rebounds. He is pretty good at defense but he only averages 9 points per game. David West and Carlos Boozer could work and they are 30 and 29 and Boston is going to want someone if possible much younger. Kevin Love and Al Horford would work but with Ricky Rubio going to the Timberwolves and the Hawks being a legitimate playoff team they are likely to get contract extensions. The power forward position is going to be hard to fill and unless Love or Horford come it will likely be the weak link in Boston. The center position is currently the weak link of Boston with 32 year old Jermaine O'Neal as the starter. Marc Gasol of the Memphis Grizzlies no longer lives in his older brother Pau Gasol's shadow. He had a spectacular performance during the playoffs. He averaged 11 rebounds per game along with 15 points per game. Memphis is going to look to sign another contract with him this summer and Boston will have to pay a lot of money to him but it will pay off. Tyson Chandler would be good only problem is that he won the title with Dallas and will probably sign another contract. Andrew Bogut of the Milwaukee Bucks is great at defense and led the league in blocks per game this season. He wants to go to the playoffs and will be able to do so in Boston. He would fill the gap that Perkins left. The most likely and the best starting lineup for Boston's next era is Rajon Rondo at Point Guard, Kevin Martin at Shooting Guard, Jeff Green at Small Forward, David West at Power Forward, and Andrew Bogut at Center. This may change in the future since Boston owns the Cleveland Cavaliers 2012 first round pick and Minnesota may continue to suck.