SB Nation Celtics Blog on former Celtics to add to the current team

ggreene

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Interesting article on the SB Nation Celtics Blog about which former Celtic you would want to add to the current roster. Given their needs it seemed a no-brainer to me to choose Russell. A tenacious rebounder and shot blocker (intelligent blocker as well) capable of elite defense. Bird was my favorite player of all time but I just couldn't pick him with the makeup of the roster. My one fear with Russell would be could the current players deal with his compete level. I have a feeling he would suffer no fools.

Anyways, just waiting for camp to open and was desperate for anything Celtics related.
 

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Those 2 are obvious. But Bird has a bad back and Russell is 85 years old

Picking a former Celtic who could still help the team is, IMHO, a much more interesting game to play.

Avery Bradley? Al Horford? Kyrie????
 

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Bird was a pretty tenacious rebounder; I think he'd make a fairly ideal playmaking stretch four (à la current LeBron) in today's NBA. Peak KG would be pretty spectacular, too. Say:

1. Russell
2. Bird
3. Garnett
4. McHale
5. Parish
?
 

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I'd toss Cowens into the mix. I think he'd thrive in today's NBA. Athletic, averaged 14 rebounds per game, was 1-14 in his career from three, but a 78% FT shooter. Nearly 4 assists per for his career.
 

Big John

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Those 2 are obvious. But Bird has a bad back and Russell is 85 years old

Picking a former Celtic who could still help the team is, IMHO, a much more interesting game to play.

Avery Bradley? Al Horford? Kyrie????
Horford for sure. Also Baynes
 

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Bird was a pretty tenacious rebounder; I think he'd make a fairly ideal playmaking stretch four (à la current LeBron) in today's NBA. Peak KG would be pretty spectacular, too. Say:

1. Russell
2. Bird
3. Garnett
4. McHale
5. Parish
?
I think McHale would have been a really good three-point shooter if he’d been around today where anyone encouraged him to shoot them. He was an 80% free-throw shooter and did pretty well with 3’s for the tiny period of time he took them.
 

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Picking a former Celtic who could still help the team is, IMHO, a much more interesting game to play.
Kelly Olynyk would be nice for our wing rotation, but I think we most need a 5. 2019 Shaq isn't going to help much but there's gotta be some all-star center who had a cup of coffee here.
 

Big John

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I think there would be room on this team for one or more of these guys -

Aron Baynes, Al Horford, Kelly Olynyk, E'twuan Moore, Jeff Green, Avery Bradley, Jae Crowder, Evan Turner, Terry Rozier, Tyler Zeller
So if you put together a roster of the best 15 ex-Celtics currently playing for other teams, would that roster make the playoffs in the EC? Would it beat the current Celtics roster in a playoff series? You would have Irving and Horford for starters.
 

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So if you put together a roster of the best 15 ex-Celtics currently playing for other teams, would that roster make the playoffs in the EC? Would it beat the current Celtics roster in a playoff series? You would have Irving and Horford for starters.
Interesting question. They woukd make playoffs I think. Kyrie and Horford and some decent role players should be enough.

Starting 5 of Kyrie, Turner, Crowder, Olynyk, Horford.

Bench - Rozier, Bradley, Green x2, Morris, Zeller, Baynes, Monroe, Rondo, Jerebko

Actually - that team stinks