Now that Grant Hill has decided to head back to Phoenix, and abandon his wife's singing dreams, the loudest talk in Celtic Nation revolves around Paul Pierce's potential backup.
This is the wrong question to be asking.
Backup Swingman is the one position where we could make do with what we have. Tony Allen, while wildly inconsistent, does show flashes of brilliance from time to time. But it's the two men standing behind him that give me the most confidence; Bill Walker and JR Giddens. I don't know that there's room in Beantown for the both of them, but there's definitely room for one.
Giddens was drafted for his defensive ability, but couldn't find himself suiting up in Green, let alone stepping on the court last season. Bill Walker had a little more luck, but with Doc's inability to trust the youth, his stints were always short lived. If one of these two can develop a consistent shot and learn Thibodeau's D, there's no reason they couldn't spell Pierce on the wing. Now that we have Sheed coming off the bench (unless Doc loses his mind and starts him, which is always a possibility) we're already leaps ahead of where we were last season.
No, swingman doesn't concern me. The question that Celtic Nation needs to be concerning itself with, however, is what do we do to backup Rajon?
There's been a debate raging since the draft on whether Pruitt should finally be given the role, or if Lester Hudson should be the man. The answer is simple: NEITHER.
Point Guard is the single position on our team where we can't afford to go young, and let a player learn on the job. We need a savvy veteran that can play solid defense and handle the ball. That's it. We need to know that we're getting consistent play from this position, and that we can trust the ball with this player.
Eddie House, as we're all very well aware, can't handle the ball... but more importantly, when he's not tasked with bringing the ball across mid court, he's an incredible weapon, roaming free and finding open shots. We need to ensure that that continues to be his role.
We can't go into the season with Pruitt or Hudson, hoping for the best, and when (not if) it doesn't work out, hand the keys over to Eddie. It just can't happen.
I don't have the answer for who we get to play that role. Personally, I want Anthony Carter (free agent from Denver), but I'm really not picky. I'm not looking for a superstar to play backup point guard. In fact, I'd rather have a player looking to fill a role, and let Rajon have his space.
I just want someone with a few seasons of running a team beneath their belt.
What say you, Celtic Fans?
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