Should The Celtics Have Blown Up Their Core?

7/6/12 in NBA   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

So now that I've established that Pierce and KG very well may continue to play at the same level, let's point out how the team could improve.

Apr 20, 2010; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo (9) makes a pass behind his back during the second half against the Miami Heat in game two in the first round of the 2010 NBA playoffs at TD Garden.  Boston won 106-77.  Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-US PRESSWIRERajon Rondo was the best player on the team through all of last season, and he seems to impress more and more every time he takes the court. Keep in mind that he's still only 26 years old. He's got a lot of room to get smarter and, therefore, better.

One of the most promising things I saw was an improvement in his abysmal jump shot down the stretch of the season. If he can get a consistent jump shot he'll be one of the best players in the league.

Getting back two of their young players, Jeff Green and Avery Bradley, from injury will help the team improve. Only 5 players averaged more than 7.6 points per game for Boston, but Green should give them another double digit scorer.

Bradley is one of the league's top perimeter defenders and would have been huge in guarding Dwyane Wade in the playoffs. Bradley also may hit double digit scoring numbers in his third year after improving from 1.7 to 7.6 points per game last season. He's proven himself as a solid spot up three point shooter (40.7%) and shot the ball 49.8% from the field.

The Celtics also made some good moves in the draft. The Celtics were dead last in rebounding last season, so they added big men Fab Melo and Jared Sullinger to improve their weakness. Though Melo never put up good rebounding numbers at school, he is a 7 footer who should improve after spending the preseason with Kevin Garnett.

Drafting Sullinger was a huge win for the Celtics. He's a top 5 talent whose stock dropped quickly when it was reported his career would likely be shortened by a back injury. Well, the Celtics have a small window to win, so the longevity of Sullinger's career isn't as much of an issue for them. He should be the best player who was left on the board for the Celtics while his career lasts, so they really added a player who could be great while they have a chance to win.
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