After Monday’s nationally televised loss to the Thunder, the talk around the Celtics is focused on whether they should start the rebuild by dealing away some or all of Paul Pierce, Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett or stand pat and attempt another playoff run? We’ve got a poll up asking that very question.
In this NBC Sports video, guests Adrian Wojnarowski and Chris Mannix argue for going boom with the dynamite.
In a recent column at SI, Mannix was critical of Danny Ainge’s work building supporting casts around the big three over the last few years, particularly his work in the draft:
There have been opportunities to replenish the ranks. In 2008 the Celtics grabbed J.R Giddens (30th), passing on Mario Chalmers (34th), DeAndre Jordan (35th) and Luc Mbah a Moute (37th).
In 2010 the Celtics drafted Avery Bradley (19th), leaving Jordan Crawford (27th), Greivis Vasquez (28th) and Landry Fields (39th) in the pool.
Boston’s Big Three are not what they were in 2008. Yet they are being asked to carry a similar, if not larger, load. With Perkins gone, Garnett is being called upon to be a physical, inside presence that, frankly, he has never been. Allen is getting fewer open looks now that Perkins is setting bone-crunching screens for Durant in Oklahoma City. Rondo has assumed a bigger piece of the scoring burden but Boston’s offense still tends to stagnate when Pierce isn’t on the floor.
The Celtics are not on Chicago’s or Miami’s level this season and age has little to do with it. They could have held onto Perkins, paid him the going rate in the offseason ($9 million to $10 million a year might have done it) and kept the big, physical presence they now lack. They could have drafted better, could have given Rivers more reliable options in the first three quarters so Allen, Garnett and Pierce could be rested and ready for the fourth.
Your reactions, refutations and emotional outbursts in the comments section, please.