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Summer Forecast: Who Starts At Shooting Guard?


In the latest over at ESPN Boston, I tackled the shooting guard “controversy”. Here’s my pick:

Ryan DeGama, CelticsHub (Avery Bradley)

Until his shoulders fell apart, Avery Bradley’s promotion to the starting lineup was running neck-and-neck with Kevin Garnett’s move to center as the biggest factor in Boston’s turnaround. The Bradley lineup (along with Rondo, Garnett, Pierce and Bass) was 19 massive points better per 100 possessions than their opponents. That spread includes both a devastating defensive efficiency number (92.96) and, surprisingly, a 112.54 on the offensive side. You don’t mess with those results. So, unless Bradley’s recovery precludes him from raising his arms above his shoulders, he should be the starting SG on this team. There’s probably a Courtney Lee counterargument here, but it can’t be based around his 3-point shooting (where Bradley wins 40.7 to 40.1 percent) or overall offense, where Bradley has shown a knack for finding off-ball seams and has displayed flashes of a useful off-the-dribble game. Start Lee early in the season while Bradley recovers, and against Joe Johnson-sized shooting guards, but otherwise, Bradley’s the guy.

Hit the link above for responses from the other panelists.

  • http://twitter.com/CinemaSmash @CinemaSmash

    As much as I want to see Bradley (All Grit, No Quit) get into the starting line up, I don't think he'll be ready to start the season after recovering from his second shoulder surgery. I think Lee gets the start for most of the season. When Bradley returns I think he'll be on the second unit with JET.

  • NHBluesMan

    In all honesty this is a fantastic problem to have. How many other teams have a legitimate question like this? Either way we’ll have an outstanding starting and backup point guard

  • NHBluesMan

    And when I say “point guard” I meant shooting guard

  • Tos

    I think the plan is to start Avery, but since he is unlikely to be ready at the start of the season they will start Terry at first, but quickly realize he is best used off the bench and will switch to Lee. I believe Lee will be inconsistent, but show us flashes of brilliance. The C’s will then be forced to ease Bradley back in off the bench. This will result in him backing Lee up for the remainder of the season with Terry spending mixed time at the 1 & 2.

    I think we’ll be arguing over who should start all season long, but ultimately I believe Lee is our C’s starting SG.

    I’m extremely excited for this season.


  • BDog

    Because you can put Lee at the point i belive Bradley will start, after he's cleared of course. Having Lee as well as Terry coming off the bench at the same time allows JT to continue to do what he has been doing for the past years, off ball scoring. But i agree this will be a great season.

    Celtic Nation Stand Up!!

  • Rondo Fan

    Bradley is a defensive phenom and has showed that he isn't such an offensive liability that has made him a bench player previously with the Cs.

    He's the starter once he's healthy no questions asked. Unless of course Lee (Terry is a bench player and will be on the bench) somehow goes Linsanity on us.

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