Questioning every part in regards to the Boston Celtics


I’ve a confession: I’m a scoffer.

Not out loud, that might be impolite. Not even on-line, that’s not the sort of poster that I wish to be (more often than not). Simply in my head.

Naturally I usually have fairly robust opinions in regards to the Celtics. I hear and examine individuals’s opinions in regards to the group and once they differ from mine, I’ve to confess, I scoff.

“Brad Stevens ought to be fired!” Proper, and he’d be employed by another person in precisely 2 nanoseconds.

“Danny Ainge can’t draft!” Okay, then clarify Robert Williams, Payton Pritchard, Terry Rozier, and a number of other different non-lottery first spherical finds.

“Commerce Kemba Walker!” To whom?

I might go on, however you get the purpose. Right here’s the factor although, I additionally scoffed at individuals calling out Kyrie Irving as the foundation reason for the Celtics issues in 2019. I supported him all the way in which until the Bucks sequence when every part crumbled aside one final time. (I’m not saying that he was the one downside, however he wasn’t precisely a part of an answer both) I additionally scoffed on the concept of buying and selling Gordon Hayward the yr earlier than his contract ran out. In brief, I’ve scoffed at quite a lot of issues that I discovered later I used to be flawed about.

So why am I bearing my soul now? Why the sudden eating on humble pie? Effectively, it simply occurred to me that though I satisfaction myself on understanding the group that I cowl, I don’t actually have all of the solutions. In truth, because the group sits at beneath .500 as soon as once more, I might go as far as to say that I don’t have any solutions.

So let’s do a fast evaluate of the questions that I’ve no solutions for. So far as I’m involved, every part is on the desk and I’m not ruling something out.

Is Danny Ainge the precise GM for this group going ahead?

I wish to suppose so, however I don’t know. I’ve preferred quite a lot of what he’s accomplished by the years, however there are definitely missteps alongside the way in which that make me query his resolution making. Certain, he constructed a title group, however that was 13 years in the past. Certain, he orchestrated the Nets deal that ultimately landed us Tatum and Brown, however might he have accomplished extra with these picks? Is he nonetheless the precise man for the job of constructing round Tatum and Brown? Or ought to the entrance workplace get some contemporary views?

Is Brad Stevens the precise coach for this group?

Stevens is broadly revered across the league, however there at the moment are two clunker years on his resume. Once more, not all his fault, however he hasn’t found out the precise strategy to flip issues round both. Have the gamers tuned him out? Has he been too gradual to regulate to the way in which the sport has modified lately? Has he correctly recognized his gamers’ strengths and weaknesses and is he placing them in place to succeed? Does he know find out how to join with “stars” or is he higher suited to take underdog groups additional than they usually would?

Is there one thing about Jayson Tatum’s sport that limits his teammates?

Maybe crucial job the Celtics have within the subsequent few years could be maximizing Tatum’s potential. “Retaining him joyful” is totally different however associated. I are likely to consider that for those who obtain the previous, the latter will care for itself, however that’s simpler mentioned than accomplished.

A lot has been made from his shot choice, playmaking, and lack of producing free throws. Is {that a} product of his personal fashion of play and/or agenda? Or is there one thing within the mixture of gamers and scheme round him forcing him into making the perfect hen soup from the …elements offered.

Is Jaylen Brown an excellent 2nd star or a centerpiece commerce chip for the perfect 2nd star?

I’m a giant, huge fan of Jaylen Brown for lots of causes. I wish to see him retire as a Celtic. Nonetheless, within the spirit of placing every part on the desk, I’m leaving open the choice of pursuing a celebrity within the offseason (Beal? KAT?) and missing the treasure trove of picks we’ve had prior to now, the group has to a minimum of ponder packages that embrace a few of our favourite binkies like Brown, Marcus Good, or Robert Williams.

What’s Kemba Walker’s actual worth?

In an excellent world, Walker would supply the group a dynamic scoring punch whereas supporting Tatum and Brown. This season has been something however best and I don’t understand how assured we will be sooner or later.

Buying and selling Walker is all the time an choice, however in the intervening time he has unfavourable worth and it could require spending picks to dump him onto another person’s books. Maybe the stretch run and playoffs can present him a possibility to recuperate a few of his commerce worth. Or conversely he would possibly show his price as piece of the group going ahead. The contract makes that awfully arduous although.

How essential will it’s to re-sign Evan Fournier?

On one hand, the Celtics “solely” gave up 2 second rounders for a man on an expiring deal. The group can’t really feel pressured into overspending for him a lot that it hampers the group down the road.

Alternatively, the chance value of utilizing a giant a part of the TPE is important. To not point out the collateral strikes that despatched away Daniel Theis. Then you definitely take into account that the group received’t have quite a lot of different choices for including expertise as soon as Tatum’s deal kicks in, and you end up able the place the Celtics sort of have to pay Fournier (or discover a strategy to persuade him to create one more TPE in a sign-and-trade).

The early outcomes on his match appear to be good, however is he the precise long run resolution?

Are the children going to be simply alright?

Rob Williams III is perhaps an actual distinction maker, however eventually the Celtics must determine in the event that they wish to pay him or stick with the strategy of cheap center-by-committee.

The Celtics actually need two or extra of the opposite “youngsters” to develop rapidly. Pritchard looks as if an excellent backup level. Romeo Langford has 3 and D kind potential (if, , he can really hit 3’s). Aaron Nesmith is perhaps the identical, besides reversed. Grant Willams looks as if he must be the eighth greatest participant on a extremely good group. Luke Kornet appears fantastic as a third string middle placeholder. Can any of them exceed expectations?

Is it too late for this yr?

Wanting on the huge image, I feel quite a lot of the reasons (COVID, condensed yr, accidents, and many others.) are legitimate and quite a lot of groups have had related points (to various levels). However this group merely hasn’t responded in a approach that you’d anticipate or hope.

It’s doable that the lack of Gordon Hayward left us short-handed in a approach that had trickle down results we couldn’t overcome. Decrease rotation guys have been pressured into bigger roles than what they may deal with and accidents and COVID restrictions solely exacerbated the problem. Is Evan Fournier the plug to that gap that we’d like? Is Kemba Walker taking part in in each playoff sport (as a result of there shouldn’t be back-to-backs) going to assist the items match higher? Or is all of that only a pipe dream on a ship that has already sailed previous Provincetown?

Backside line: I don’t know. So no extra scoffing for me (this yr).


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