Friday, June 25, 2010

2010 Draft:Avery Bradley (19th) and Luke Harangody(52nd).

The future of a Celtics draft picks in recent years can mean one of several things; gradual and increasing court time leading to success as a player (Rondo and Davis), the D-League and time playing for the Maine Red Claws (Lester Hudson, JR Giddens) or being traded (Bill Walker, who put up some nice numbers for Knicks last year). Faced with the prospect of an aging but still highly effective core (Allen, Peirce, Garnett), utilising and taking the time to foster the talents of their draft picks must be a priority if the Celtics hope to contest for future titles. 

Luckily, it looks like the C's have chosen well; drafting a point guard / combo guard in Avery Bradley and a hardworking power forward in Luke Harangody.

Bradley addresses some key areas of need for the Celtics. Firstly, they C's may have a reliable rookie back up for Rondo with similar defensive instincts and speed. Secondly, from what Boston's recruitment has observed of Bradley, his D is at an elite 'NBA ready' level. His shooting is still emerging, but his solid mid range game is sorely needed by the green and white. Finally, with a potential combo guard who has the ability to play 'bigger' than his actual height (6-2-ish) the Celtics may (and I am making a rather large supposition) have the makings of a devastating front court Rondo / Bradley duo for years to come.

Luke Harangody is a solid Power Forward, a player with a reputation as a fierce competitor and low post work horse. Playing for Notre Dame in the highly competitive 'Big East', Harangody was the go to option for the 'fighting Irish' and thrived playing some the best players of the 2010 draft class this past college season. With numbers like 21.8 ppg and 11.4 rpg averaged over his last three seasons at ND, he was a steal at 52 outweighing any misgivings other NBA teams may have had about his abilities or potential.

The Celtics need to do one when the 2010 - 2011 season kicks off; PLAY THE DAMN ROOKIES FOR A CHANGE!!!! This is my biggest criticism of this Celtic team, over playing an older core while capable young guys sit on the bench. That said some 'rooks' of the past several seasons just haven't cut the mustard (Gabe Pruitt I am talking to you). Having two players with the abilities of Avery and Bradley, the Celtics have two valid contributors this season. For this to happen they need to get a regular 20 or so minutes every few games at the beginning of the season, building up to game in game out contributions by seasons end. If this team is willing to tank games to be ready for the play offs, then they can leave a game or two in the hands to youthful and energetic rookies.

Green and white for life.     

Sunday, June 20, 2010

2010 Draft.

The finals now behind us (but still stinging), the Celtics have a real chance to add youth to the roster and have a contributor within 2 years with the 19th pick. The C's also have the 52nd pick, but a late first rounder is nothing new for Boston. Real Potential lies at number 19.

But who? And who does this team need?

Most talk is centering around the addition of a point or Combo guard. Valid, but it would be worth resigning Nate Robinson, give him a year in the rotation and we could see the timely and explosive contributions we saw in these most recent play offs could become more common place.  

The draft day additions need to be at the 3 (small forward), 2 (shooting guard) or even the 5 (center).  As such, several candidates that may (and I stress may) be available for Danny Ainge to pick up for the C's at number 19. After browsing consensus draft pages here is the official 'Green and White for Life' draft projections;

  • Small Forward, LUKE BABBIT, Nevada, 6 - 9: I keep coming back to this guy. First off Babbit seems like a shooter who can make his own shot and has good range. Not a blinding natural athlete or phenomenal leaper, Luke Babbit has been described as being 'crafty' relating to his ability in finding ways to score, inside / outside, getting to the hoop and getting the harm. Scrappy and competitive to boot, Luke Babbit seems to embody a familiar 'Truth' at the 3.   
  •  Center, HASSAN WHITESIDE, Marshall, 7 - 0: A big man with raw potential, Whiteside may go earlier and the Celtics may not even get a look. But if doubts about his readiness for the NBA come to the fore, he may be available at 19. This guy could be a defensive power house with a 7-7 arm span and averaging 5.4 blocks in college. Hassan Whiteside's passing and still maturing body is limiting him in some respects. He is reported to have a good mid range shot and and his size and power make him a good, if still emerging, low post threat. Hassan's developing skill set could be fostered subbing minutes for an injury prone Kendrick Perkins. Then again, does potential and raw ability get you on the Celtics rotation?
  • Small Forward, DAMION JAMES, Texas , 6 - 7: James seems to have the mental fortitude and adaptability to come off the Boston Bench, but has the emerging skill level to keep him right at the wrong end of it. Reportedly tough and versatile, he has an awareness of his role on the floor and is able to get open for shots while being able be physical down low. Still developing from long range along with other elements of his game, Boston may be a place in which to learn and thrive.     

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Loss in 7.

I am not going to pick this apart. It was a physical match tied for three and half quarters, then one team the shots when it counted. Unfortunately it wasn't Boston. Congratulations Laker fans, you have a year to enjoy it. 

My heart goes out to the 2010 Boston Celtics. To come from fourth in the east to win the conference and take the Lakers to 7 is not something to be ashamed of. As a fan I am bummed, so I can't even imagine what the players are feeling right now. I just hope they have the desire to bring it back together for another motivated run. 

This team with a tweaked roster, a good draft pick with a chip on their shoulder could find themselves back in the finals claiming the title. Let's hope. 

Thursday, June 10, 2010

State of the Finals

Yes, Lakers vs Celtics. Again, for the twelfth time since 1959. Am I a Celtics fan. Absolutely, I didn't call this blog 'green and white some times'? No. And yes, of course the C's will win the 2010 finals. They have done it against the Laker's in the finals 9 times compared to the LA's 2. But not being one to blindly  believe in a Boston victory and taking into account they C's are down 2-1 I feel I need to explain myself.

Well, losing game 3 makes it that bit harder. But Cleveland beat The C's with a record loss in game 3 of round 2 in the east and we all know how that turned out. My heart tells me Celtics in 6, but they will have to step up like they did in Cleveland x15. The Celtics have in their collective wheelhouse to accomplish that feat, facing turning points (regarding to orlando winning two being down against the Cavs) and coming back and taking it all. The Lakers transition D was weak and lazy in game 2, I believe the Lakers are vulnerable when caught on their heels the same as the Cav's are. They are teams that rely on the set up, and even more so setting up their top scorers. Good defense in combination with a running game is just what the doctor should order for this Celtics team. This will be even more effective if Rondo is driving the lane while given options to kick out for the three to team mates or the Mid Range 2. 

I would be Running Rondo and Robinson as a 'two guard / no true guard' combo for periods in game four if the Celtics can get Rondo the space he needs and LA is caught reeling. Contain the Laker Options, disrupt their rhythm get the win.

Green and white for life.