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Paul Pierce doesn't need his own slide because we know what to expect from him: Slightly worse numbers than last year. He'll still be a borderline-elite small forward who can go off for 30 points when needed.
Brandon Bass will be a very important member of the Celtics if they want to win a title this year. His versatility, solid on-ball defense and high-rising mid-range jumpers are vital to the Celtics' success.
However, if they want to be a half-decent rebounding team, he'll have to improve on last season's mark of six rebounds per 32 minutes. He also needs to improve his passing. The Celtics move the ball around a lot and look for open shooters. His lack of passing ability simply can be disruptive at times. If he remembers how to rebound and learns how to pass in the flow of the offense, he'll be a great player for them in limited starter's minutes.
Courtney Lee is likely going to start for the Celtics, and that's how it should be. Lee is a very good defender and a consistent three-point threat. He also does a good job getting out in transition. Basically, he's a perfect compliment to Rondo. While he shouldn't expect 36 minutes per game, he could be a great find to start at shooting guard.
Perhaps the best thing about this Celtics team is that it has four legitimate Sixth Man of the Year candidates in Jeff Green, Avery Bradley, Leandro Barbosa and Jason Terry. The latter two have already won it before.
Bradley is a bolt of energy when needed, as he is not only one of the best defenders in the NBA, but he also is considered (or so I have been informed every time I've watched a Celtics game this past season) to be the best off-ball cutter in the NBA. That's always nice when you're playing with somebody with the court vision of Rondo.
Barbosa, the Brazilian Blur, can do a variety of things, and if he's to be put on the court at the same time as Bradley, they will form possibly the fastest backcourt of all time. Green can score in almost every way possible at either forward spot. And Terry was one of the heroes from the 2011 NBA Finals that specializes in beating the Miami Heat. Jared Sullinger and Kris Joseph are expected to be excellent contributors as rookies.
Still, two problems arise. First off, who plays backup point guard? Rondo is the only point guard on the team, but he does have to leave the floor for 10 minutes every night. Unfortunately, Bradley, Terry and Barbosa have all seen their best minutes at off-guard. Doc Rivers will have to find someone to step up, unless he's willing to run an offense for 10 minutes per game utilizing only fast breaks and isolation sets. Not to mention that there's a massive logjam at shooting guard.
What's even worse is the gaping hole in the depth chart behind Kevin Garnett. I guarantee you that Rivers does not want to play some combination of Sullinger, Green, Bass, Jason Collins and Chris Wilcox at center every night for a third of the game. Yet there is one more option, a man whose name is practically one of the biggest swearwords there is to NBA fans: Darko Milicic.
Believe it or not, Milicic is actually capable of playing backup center. In the 2010-2011 season, in which he received limited starter's minutes every night, he actually put together some solid Per 36 stats: 13 points and 8 rebounds per night. But who would've thought that Milicic could averaged 3 blocks Per 36? If the Celtics can keep Darko in shape and motivated, they actually have themselves a decent backup center.