Position Grade: B
Depth Chart: Avery Bradley, Courtney Lee, MarShon Brooks, Keith Bogans
One of their more stacked positions stands as shooting guard, where Bradley and Lee will look to bounce back from down seasons.
After taking a huge step forward in his sophomore campaign, Bradley took a step back in 2012-13, spending much of the year without Rondo. It was supposed to be his first full season back from injury, and he was expected to grow into the shooting guard position, one that he took from basketball legend Ray Allen.
Bradley returned from shoulder surgery on both arms and was thrust into handling the ball once Rondo went down. Boston's need for Bradley to become a more prominent piece of the offense forced his numbers to drop. According to NBA.com/stats, Bradley's shooting percentage (49 percent to 40 percent) and three-point percentage (40 percent to 31 percent) both plummeted, while his personal fouls climbed from 1.7 per game to 2.6 per contest.
The young shooting guard's offense mostly relies on off-ball screens, backdoor cuts and occasional spot-up threes. He doesn't thrive as a ball-handler and completed just 5.15 percent of his attempts at the rim last season, per Hoopdata.com.
Lee was in an equally tough situation last season. While he wasn't returning from serious offseason surgeries, it was his first year in Boston, and he wasn't met with consistent playing time. From NBA.com/stats, Lee shot the highest percentage of his career from the field last season (46 percent) but scored the fewest points per game (7.8). There were simply not enough shots to go around, but Lee should have his looks this year.
Brooks is also coming off a down campaign in which he was relegated to the bench in Brooklyn. He saw his minutes drop to just over 12 per game, according to Basketball-Reference, after averaging over 29 a night his rookie year.
Bogans should be a fill-in rotational player and a veteran voice in the locker room.