Green 18? - Looking At The Potential 2009-10 Boston Celtics
With the signing of Rasheed Wallace expected to be made iron-clad official on Wednesday, it’s hard for us not to look ahead at what the 12-man roster could look like for the 2009-10 season. If you’re a Boston Celtics fan, you gotta like what could be playing at the Gahhhhhhhhhden this winter.
- Kevin Garnett
- Paul Pierce
- Ray Allen
- Rajon Rondo
- Kendrick Perkins
- Rasheed Wallace
- Grant Hill*
- Eddie House
- Brian Scalabrine
- Tony Allen
- Gabe Pruitt
- Bill Walker
- JR Giddens - NBDL
- Lester Hudson - NBDL
At first glance, that top 8 is veteran-laden and tantalizing in so many ways; a great mix of defensive intensity and scoring in the right places. The major issue of course is health and age, especially considering Garnett is coming off an knee injury and the majority of the players are in the second half of their careers. If the Hill signing doesn’t happen, the goal with that roster spot seems pretty obvious: a ball-moving scorer off the bench.
I personally would love to see Nuggets F/C and unrestricted free agent Chris “Birdman” Andersen on this club, but my assumption is that he may be looking for more money than the Celtics can offer. My understanding of the NBA salary cap is admittedly not great, so I could be completely wrong here.
An element of concern is still the bench that while vastly improved by Wallace (and possibly Hill), it still has question marks. Allen can be a baffling player to watch, showing flashes of greatness while other times displaying head-scratching decision making. Scals is, well, Scals and this is Pruitt’s last chance at showing he can be a legit NBA point guard.
And this all assumes that Rondo is still with the Celtics at the beginning of the season. C’s GM Danny Ainge didn’t handle that situation well at all, but we’ll cover that later this week. Sitting here in the first week of July with the season tip-off about four months away, there is reason to believe that an 18th championship is a realistic goal for the 2009-10 season.
Then again, championships aren’t won in the middle of summer.
Josh Nason is the publisher and main writer for Small White Ball, a New England-based sports and media blog - part of the MVN Network. You can reach Josh at josh [at] smallwhiteball [dot-com].
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