Boston Celtics Offseason Analysis
The way the Boston Celtics' season ended was one that tasted bitter in the mouths of Celtics fans: A loss in the Eastern Conference Semifinals to the eventual Eastern Conference Champions, Orlando Magic.
Of course, the Celtics would have just been happy heading to the Eastern Conference Finals, as they didn't have their soul Kevin Garnett.
But the Boston Celtics shouldn't rebuild this offseason, they should just revamp. They need to help out their bench. First things first: the Celtics need to resign Eddie House and Glen Davis.
Mikki Moore and Leon Powe can walk. Davis has really taken Powe's spot in the lineup, and I never fully understood the appeal of Moore. Maybe because Powe and Garnett were injured, the Celtics needed more big men.
Moore, however, didn't play up to expectations, with 4.4 rebounds per game, a career high 1.0 assists per game, and 4.8 points per game. This season, Powe played in a career high 70 games, averaging 4.9 rebounds per game, with 7.7 points per game.
Personally, I like Charlie Villanueva of the Milwaukee Bucks. Villanueva is 6'11'', and has a decent outside jump shot. Many New Englanders know Villanueva from his days at the University of Connecticut. This past season, Villanueva has averaged career highs in rebounds per game, assists per game, and points per game.
I also like Chris Andersen. Andersen has been the Denver Nuggets most valuable bench player, and really came into his own during the 2008-2009 season, averaging a career high in rebounds with 7.2 per game. Andersen was also an integral part of the Nuggets playoff run.
There have also been major draft rumors swirling around the Celtics, with the potential trade of Rajon Rondo the the Memphis Grizzlies for the No. 2 Overall pick in the Draft. I personally hate this idea, trading away the future of the franchise for a potential draft day bust.
I think, if the Celtics absolutely need the No. 2 Overall pick, they should trade the rapidly aging Ray Allen. The Grizzlies need the proven experience, and the Celtics need the proven youth.
The Celtics don't have any first round picks, and have one of the last picks in the second round. With that being said, it might be slim pickings for the Celtics to get some good talent. But with Paul Pierce, Rajon Rondo, Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett, and coach Doc Rivers can maybe teach overall pick No. 58 what it's like to play for the Boston Celtics.
I see a total of seven players potentially falling to the Celtics: Dante Cunningham, Danny Green, Lorenzo Wade, Jon Brockman, Vitor Faverani, Jerel McNeal, and Lester Hudson. I personally like Green, Cunningham, and Wade out of all these players, but I think the Celtics may pick Brockman or McNeal, because Cunnigham, Green, and Wade may have already been selected, maybe just a few picks before.
With all that in mind, the Celtics, and their fans, seem to have an eventful offseason ahead of them.
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