The Celtics time as a group of old geisers has come and passed. We can finally stop saying “can they make one more run at it?”
The departure of Ray Allen and the addition of several young players has signaled the end of the Old Team era and the beginning of a new Celtics philosophy.
Courtney Lee (26), Jeff Green (25), Kris Joseph (23), Fab Melo (22), Avery Bradley (21) and Jared Sullenger (20) all form the new Celtics. This group of athletic, energetic young guns will merge with the Old Guard and create a Celtic team much different than the one in the recent years.
Don’t get me wrong, the nucleus of KG, Pierce and Rondo are still the core of this team, but instead of being broken down veterans trying to muster their last breaths, they are the centerpieces of a young and talented complete roster.
Thats right, it is no longer the Big 3/4 out there by themselves.
The Big 3 will still undoubtedly lead the team, but the 2012-2013 Celtics will rely on the young talent as much as the core veterans.
KG doesn’t have to put up 20/10 anymore.
Pierce can have nights where he only goes for 15.
Ray Allen no longer hinders this team defensively.
Garnett will be the leader of a deep, tough and defensive minded group of big men, featuring two rookies. Throw in Brandon Bass and the Celts are as deep and tough as any team in the league. Fab Melo, a legit 7 footer, will continue to learn how to own the paint defensively. Sullinger and Bass will provide the muscle in the middle, using their 260+ pound frames to eat up space and rebounds. Garnett will no longer be asked to do it all for Boston. Help has arrived.
Boston also got younger on the wing. Paul Pierce is still the go to scorer, but Jeff Green and Kris Joseph will provide the defense and athleticsm. Green, who came to Boston in the Kendric Perkins deal, is healthy and ready to contribute. A forgotten man, Green was a young player with unlimited potential only two years ago. Now he can step back into the role of a being one of the best versatile wings in the league. Joseph, a rookie out of Syracuse, adds length, athleticsm and tenacity to the Celtics. Like Avery Bradley, Joseph will come in and contribute on the defensive end immediately. Paul Pierce is now the leader of a group of talented young wings.
In the backcourt, Rajon Rondo hasa couple of new buddies. Courtney Lee, a valuable shooter and defender, will suit up for Boston after the C’s pulled off a trade with Houston. Avery Bradley, recovering from a shoulder injury, will also be back and ready to go in Boston. Bradley stepped up and took Ray Allen’s starting position last year because of tenacious defense and playmaking ability on the offensive side. Bradley could become one of the best defenders in the league this year. The Celtics will also be nearly as sharp of a shooting squad, thanks to the addition of Jason Terry. While Terry is older, he still provides a more solid all around game than that of Ray Allen. Rondo developed into clearly the best player on the team last season, and should be smitten with the addition of new toys Lee and Terry on the offensive end.
Finally, the Celtics can stop worrying about only having “one last chance,” and can thrive in a new system built around young athletic talent.
Written by Chat Sports Writer and Sports Content Specilaist Chris Fields