Celtics’ Needs from Draft Express
Posted by r1zzo23 on June 3, 2009
Just read this off an article from DraftExpress.com and thought I’d share it. It shows the past three drafts that we had, the current depth chart and a quick blurb on how weak our bench really is/was. Give it a read and let me know what you think (after the break)…
PG: Rajon Rondo/ Stephon Marbury */ Gabe Pruitt
SG: Ray Allen/ Eddie House */ Tony Allen/ J.R. Giddens
SF: Paul Pierce/ Brian Scalabrine/ Bill Walker
PF: Kevin Garnett/ Glen Davis*/ Leon Powe*
C: Kendrick Perkins/ Mikki Moore*
*Potential Free Agent
Behind the Big Three, the Boston Celtics had another spectacular season, racking up 62 wins before falling in the second round to eventual championship contenders, the Orlando Magic. They might have gone farther, too, had they not lost Kevin Garnett and Leon Powe to season ending knee injuries. Their playoff defeat, if anything, proved how thin the Celtics bench truly was, and how vulnerable they were without their starting lineup logging upwards of 40 minutes per game.
The off-season may present more questions than answers, however. Both Garnett and Powe’s long-term health must be called into question and four bench players are unrestricted free agents, which threatens an already delicate rotation. Similarly, despite these contracts coming off of the books, the Celtics’ salary cap stands at over $72 million, right on the brink of the luxury tax. It is needless to say that GM Danny Ainge has a lot of work to do this off-season if he wishes to build upon his legacy in Boston and find another solid supporting cast for his Big Three.
While the Celtics are hoping for their young players such as Tony Allen, Bill Walker, and J.R. Giddens to crack the rotation in the fall and Ainge is known for draft day maneuvering, there may be a player or two available at the bottom of this year’s second round that could help fill holes on the bench—even if no one should expect any miracles.
The Celtics will more likely look towards free agency for a veteran presence off the bench, either a defensive oriented big man who can rebound or a scoring guard who knows how to put the ball in the basket and can play defense. Luckily for the Celtics, the precarious financial situation of many NBA teams may leave a number of established players on the market late in the summer, and the goal of chasing a championship ring could help secure some of them. While the Celtics aren’t going to improve overnight and probably won’t get much better through this draft, they should be right back in the mix at the top of the Eastern Conference standings as long as they can stay healthy next season.