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With the 2015-16 Celtics, Comes Roster Competition

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It has been an interesting but successful training camp and preseason for the Celtics, given their roster. On paper it seems each position is even deeper than that of last year’s team, which was already deep to begin with. Starters could very well be bench players on this team and vice versa. Guys who sit could very well be bench players. Across the board, there is a lot of depth and not much separation in terms of player skill level. So I ask plainly and directly to Celtics fans, is the competition on the roster for playing time and starting roles a good thing for this team? Do you think it will it be moving forward?


The Upside

It seems to be working so far, as the team finished with a 6-1 preseason record. Players are responding in the fight for playing time, positions and roles. Particularly guys like Jared Sullinger, who suddenly is fighting for playing time and roles with Amir Johnson, Olynyk, Tyler Zeller, and David Lee, and Marcus Smart, trying to earn the starting point guard position on the team. Having guys compete with other talented and players on this team ensures that they aren’t just handed a role or position, and so far in the preseason, both guys have played well enough to earn better roles in the regular season. Must be the mohawk haircuts.

Marcus Smart and Jared Sullinger are two players who are seeing increased pressure to earn team roles.

Can Brad Stevens juggle the minutes and matchups? More players that have different skill sets gives Steven more lineups to play with, like going bug or small, 3 point shooting, late-game free-throw situations etc. Stevens is also known for giving minutes to guys who play best together, so he tends to favor the best combination of players out on the court over the talent of individual players. If Stevens can work lineups to his advantage (and from handling last year’s lineups, I think he can) the large roster could work out for the Celtics.


The Downside

At the same time there are only so many minutes to go around, and players could get unsatisfied with their roles. The player talent level is so even on the team that a few guys are going to be cut out of the rotation completely that probably don’t deserve it. In that case, we can hope that Ainge could wheel n’ deal some players in order to clear out the log jams. It’s important to note that Zeller, Lee, and Turner and Amir Johnson can all hit free agency next year. 


After cutting Perry Jones III, players next in line to see includes rookies Terry Rozier, R.J. Hunter and Jordan Mickey – all of which seem like players who are ready to contribute in the rotation. However due to the roster, they may see a lot of time in the D-League, along with James Young, who spent a significant amount of the time the D-League last year for his rookie year. This doesn’t do young players much good in terms of development or confidence if they prove they can play in the NBA.



James Young should see more playing time this year at the NBA level, but will he find his NBA game?


The Season Moving Forward

It is well documented how Danny Ainge operates. He is an opportunist who thinks of players as trade chips when it comes to transactions. I don’t expect him to stop trading until he gets a marquee star player on his roster, something Ainge has been working toward since the Pierce & Garnett trade. There are a lot of intriguing chips this year he can use to flip, in order to do so.


Until trades happen, it’s up to Stevens to utilize this deep roster to his advantage. With of active roster management from both Stevens and Danny Ainge, I don’t see why the Celtics can’t compete again this year in the eastern conference. Stevens will tailor lineups based on match-ups, team chemistry and game situations. Don’t get too comfortable seeing the same starting lineup either, Celtics fans – it may take a while to find the right one. But if all goes well, things will fall into place and player roles will become more clear. The Celtics have the pieces to make some noise this year, but I the level success will ultimately come from the execution from Stevens and Ainge.

Isaiah Thomas is a Pizza Guy; Will Audition for Endorsements

Isaiah Thomas and the Boston Celtics are enjoying themselves off the court in Italy, but if were up to Isaiah, the team would hit up more pizzerias.

Isaiah isn’t wrong. Italy has great pizza. And for someone who loves pizza as much as Isaiah Thomas does, I can understand his disappointment. As history would have it, Isaiah Thomas is a Pizza Guy (hence the hashtag #PizzaGuy). What is a Pizza Guy? This video should help explain things:

Someone please get this man a pizza endorsement deal in the Boston area! Hopefully Isaiah experiences some great Pizza in Italy, but when the Celtics get back to Boston let’s find him his Pizza Guy of the Northeast. IT really wants the free pizza endorsement hookup. And who doesn’t love free pizza?

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New Celtic David Lee Has a Sad Acting Resume (VIDEO)

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Celtics new power forward David Lee excels on the court, but one thing he probably shouldn’t pursue is acting. D. Lee has a very odd acting resume to his name. In addition to appearances on Family Feud and The Celebrity Apprentice, David Lee has had some painfully bad appearances.

Like this one, in When In Rome – probably goes down as one of the most unnoticed cameos in history. Like, they never said his name or acknowledged his presence, so come to think of it I’m not even really sure if you can consider it a cameo. That’s what happens when Shaq is the same scene, a true cameo professional.


And then there’s this gem. Kind of funny, I’ll admit – but also very poor acting even for a kids TV show. Not exactly sure how he found this role, but I am dubious about that.

D Lee, give up the acting career. Or at the very least, fire your Hollywood agent. Next time I see you on TV I want you to be dunking all over the 76ers.


Boston Celtics Offseason Grade


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Added: Terry Rozier, R.J. Hunter, Jordan Mickey, Marcus Thorton, Amir Johnson, Jonas Jerebko (resigned), Jae Crowder (resigned), David Lee

Lost: Brandon Bass, Gerald Wallace

The Celtics, thanks to Doc Rivers, found themselves with two first round picks to burn in the 2015 NBA draft. With the 16th pick, they chose guard Terry Rozier, which raised some head-scratchers. Then, 12 picks later, they drafted R.J. Hunter, a sweet shooting two guard. The Celtics already employ Marcus Smart, Isaiah Thomas, Avery Bradley, Evan Turner and James Young. Did they really need two more guards to add to their collection?

In free agency, the Celtics were smart to lock up Jae Crowder, a true 3-and-D player who at 24, still has his best days ahead of him. They also inked up Jonas Jerebko, who can serve as a stretch 4 who also provides a dash of playmaking. After taking care of their own players, the Celtics ventured out and pursued other teams’ free agents. They landed themselves power forward Amir Johnson on a 2 year $24 million deal. Johnson can toggle between power forward and center, and will be a valuable contributor.

The Celts also struck a trade for David Lee, while only giving up washed up veteran Gerald Wallace. Talent-wise, it was a great trade. Lee will give coach Brad Stevens a true scoring big to count on, and a veteran presence in a reactively young locker room. Money-wise, Lee will make $15 million next year. That’s a nice chunk of cap space.

As the summer nears its conclusion, the Celtics roster seems to be very guard and big man heavy. The only small forward on the roster is Jae Crowder. While players such as Evan Turner and Jerebko can spend time at the 3, the Celtics would be wise to try to acquire another one. This was a relatively quiet summer for Beantown, but the Celtics are undoubtedly more talented than last year. They are still just searching for that superstar.

Grade: B-

Celtics Trade for David Lee

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Earlier today, the Boston Celtics completed a trade that will send Gerald Wallace to the Warriors in exchange for former all star David Lee.

Lee, a savvy power forward/center will provide the Celtics with veteran leadership, high IQ passing, and a go to scorer. While still in his early 30’s, he will still be able to contribute, especially since he will not be asked to play much due to the Celtics front court depth.

Ahhh, we hit a little snag with the Celtics front court. It is a mighty talented one, but it is as clogged as a drain. Tyler Zeller, Jared Sullinger, Kelly Olynyk, Amir Johnson and now Lee is just a redundant group of good not great big men.

Sustaining even a 4 man front court rotation is difficult. Just ask the Chicago Bulls, who had major troubles finding suitable minutes for all their talented big men.

This is a good problem to have though. Danny Ainge could go in a million directions with this situation, but the best bet is that he trades one of them for help at other positions.

Another reason that this is a good problem to have is since the Celtics are overflowing with quality big men, they do not have to worry about how much value they are extracting from one of them. For example, if the Celts decide to trade Jared Sullinger for somebody like Anthony Morrow, many would probably think that that would be a bad trade for the Celtics since Sullinger is younger, and has more talent.

But since the Celtics have so much front court depth, they can afford to make a move like that, since it helps them in an area of need (shooting) while it opens up more minutes for their well-deserving bigs.

Once again, this is a good problem to have! One cannot stress that enough, since there is just as high a chance that the Celtics move one of these players than Justin Beiber is arrested again.

Boston Celtics 2015 Offseason Outlook

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The Boston Celtics have completed phase one of their rebuild: collect a glut of future assets. Now, they must turn those assets into impact players who can seriously help them contend. GM Danny Ainge is hunting like mad to find a team with a disgruntled superstar that wants to trade that superstar away.

Recently, the Sacramento Kings’ Demarcus Cousins has not kept it a secret that he is unhappy with the organization. Ainge will surely be formulating ways in which he can parlay all his juicy future picks from Brooklyn into someone like Cousins.

This offseason, Boston’s free agents are Jae Crowder, Luigi Datome, Brandon Bass, and Jonas Jerebko. While losing Jerebko and Datome would not be all that bad, the Celtics should definitely make it a top priority to resign Crowder to a relatively lengthy and cheap deal. While Jerebko’s skill set is redundant due to the Celtsics already-exsisting player personnel, Crowder’s is invaluable. He is the epitome of a 3 and D guy. He can lock down perimeter players on one end and can swish it from deep on the other. And at just 24 years old with no previous injuries, there will be no worries at all over his play declining.

As for Bass, he is a veteran with valuable experience. He has a solid mid range jumper and is also an excellent rebounder. Although, if he gets greedy, and asks for more money than he is worth, the Celtics should refuse because they already have young front court talent in Tyler Zeller, Jared Sullinger and Kelly Olynyk. In the end, the Celtics should resign him around the $6 to $7 million range.

As for the backcourt, the Celts have more guards than they can handle, so don’t expect any runs at free agent guards.

Maybe the Celtics sprinkle in a nice, low risk, high reward signing in Robin Lopez. Lopez provides great rim protection and a nifty hook shot on offense, while also stabilizing the Celtics front court.

If the Celtics make those little moves, it should be considered a successful offseason.

But remember, Ainge is out there lurking, and his true priority is to acquire a superstar to bring to Beantown.

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