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Rondo and Bradley form a talented but undersized backcourt.
The title of this post might have you questioning my sanity, which might be justified, but hear me out. Rajon Rondo, Avery Bradley, and Jeff Green all play important positions in today's NBA which does not emphasize post play. They all have the ability to play the type of intense defense (even Rondo) that would make KG proud.
As always Rondo would be the key to this triumvirate. His attitude when he returns at some point next season will be a gigantic point of emphasis. With this team, he could finally run an uptempo offense especially with Green and Bradley on the court. In a fast break heavy offense, his creativity with the ball and his speed will give the Celtics the best fast break point guard since Steve Nash was in his prime. Although this season Rondo's defense has been questioned, throughout his career his defense has been a strength. Since the 2008-2009 season, Rondo has been on the NBA All-Defensive team. In 2011-2012 some basketball analytics said Rondo was the defensive player of the year. This new team, led by a rejuvenated Rondo, would still be a defensive stalwart even with a declining and eventually retiring Kevin Garnett. Rondo gives more than a normal point guard even if he only averages about 14 points per game as he did before he hurt his knee. This season he averaged 5.6 rebounds per game which is a huge number for someone so small, and his field goal percentage was 48% even though he took more shots per game than any of his previous seasons. There is no way that the Celtics would be better off without him.
Can Bradley make the jump from a shutdown defender to a superstar worthy of building a team around? I think that has already happened. Bradley is not a superstar by name yet, but watching him this season he could be on his way toward that as more people recognize his talent. Everyone knows he is a dominant perimeter defender, but what he has shown in flashes this year is his shooting touch. The Celtics don't usually run plays for him but when he does get his chance, he has been pretty solid. In March, he has shot nearly 49% from the field. Bradley has the athletic ability to run the floor and be a key player in a fast break offense or coming off screens. At this point in his career he will make his biggest mark on defense because he can guard the point and the off guard, which is rare. For all of the non-believers out there, don't forget that Bradley is on 22 years old. He has shown growth from his rookie year to this season, only his third. Bradley definitely has the talent to be an offensive star as well, and I take that from his ranking as ESPN's number 1 shooting guard recruit in 2009 when he signed with the University of Texas. In 2009 he was also a McDonald's All-American which normally means he was one of the top talents in the nation.
If you are a Celtics fan or an observer of the Celtics then you either think Green is the future of the Celtics or you believe the future looks pretty bleak. There are two reasons to be down on Green. One, he was traded for the popular Kendrick Perkins, whom was a solid piece to the championship season. Second, Green did not play well when he got to the Celtics. Take a look at his numbers this season and you will see a player that is getting comfortable with his role. Green has played well especially lately. In his last 10 games, Green averaged over 14 points and 4 rebounds coming off the bench. Those are solid numbers and you can't argue that. So don't listen to people like 98.5 The Sports Hub's Michael Felger when he tells you the guy is junk. He can play and he is doing it this year after off season heart surgery. He has the talent to take the next step up to superstar too. Green is only 26 years old. He has never been the focal point of an offense, so how will he react when it is his turn? I can't answer that but he is athletic. He can drive, shoot the three, and does a great job on defense.
These three give the Celtics an impressive and young core to work with in the future. All three have decent contracts at this point even with the possibility of Bradley getting a substantial bump in pay. This will give the Celtics significant cap room to go after a max contract player when Pierce and Garnett are done. With the reports coming out of Minnesota, Kevin Love could be unhappy with their direction. Once he gets back on the court he could be a player the Celtics covet. That might be a pipe dream but their will be options for the C's. Don't forget the promising rookie year of Jared Sullinger, even though it was cut short. Sullinger is a big body with a soft touch around the rim who can rebound. The Celtics will have a tough time transitioning from the Big 3 but it will be easier than the last time a Big Three disbanded in the early 90's.
BEST OF MAXIM
When Rajon Rondo went down with his season ending torn ACL on January 25th, the Celtics were 5 games behind Atlanta, 6 games behind Brooklyn, and 6.5 games behind Chicago in the Eastern Conference standings. They caught the Hawks following Friday nights overtime win at the Garden, and now they can pull even with the Bulls if they are able to take care of business against the abysmal...
The baseline reverse dunk is sort of becoming Jeff Green's thing of late. He had almost identical dunks the past two games and here they are for your viewing pleasure courtesy of our friend OfficialCelticsHD. Green struggled in his first return to OKC shooting only 2-11. I'm sure he'd trade this dunk for some more made shots and a victory vs. his former teammates.
Jeff Green chipped in 20 points
The Celtics started the game off decently, playing solid defense and making the most of their shots. Eventually the Raptors broke through to make a run. But the way the Celtics played was decent enough, although the offense looked a bit ugly.
In the second quarter, the gameplay continued to be ugly. Neither team could...
From Sean Grande:
Paul Pierce (rest) will sit out tonight in Charlotte. Jeff Green will start in his place. The Celtics host Toronto tomorrow.
— Sean Grande (@SeanGrandePBP) March 12, 2013
As John posted about earlier, it’s now confirmed that Jeff will indeed start tonight in Charlotte. I’d love to see him take advantage of this opportunity and have a big game. We’ll see in about 1 hour…
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