Dan Favale of Bleacher Report detailed a “Definitive Blueprint for How to Fix the Celtics.”
Favale cited five things the C’s can do to remedy the problems that have plagued them this season. Among those were:
1) Running the floor more
2) Shoot more threes
3) Rondo attempting more shots
4) Jared Sullinger’s role increasing
5) Acquiring More Size
All of Favale’s remedies have merit, but perhaps the most intriguing is the possibility of acquiring more size. The Celtics have been in dire need of a big man, and it though Fab Melo dominated in the D-League, he may still be at least a couple seasons away from making an impact on the NBA level.
The Celtics do not have a lot of roster flexibility and trade assets to bring in top tier talent. Speculation has run rampant regarding DeMarcus Cousins, but who do the Celtics have that could entice the Kings to trade the No. 5 overall pick from the 2010 NBA Draft?
That’s it: no one, really.
So Favale cited two realistic targets: Kenyon Martin and Derrick Williams.
Martin has already been discussed by Hardwood Houdini’s own Andrew Silva. Silva’s take was that Kenyon Martin could drastically improve the C’s fate with his toughness and ability to protect the rim.
Silva felt Martin would be a much better option than another free agent, Erick Dampier, because he is three years younger and just two seasons ago Martin averaged 9.4 rebounds per game. That could help the C’s immensely.
Derrick Williams is another intriguing case. Williams has been labeled as a “tweener” and has yet to find a definitive role for the Minnesota Timberwolves. He hasn’t fulfilled the immense expectations that accompanied his No. 2 overall selection in the 2011 draft, and it’s possible that Doc Rivers could incite Williams to fulfill his great potential.
The only thing that is clear is that the improvement the C’s make may take some roster changes, but Danny Ainge isn’t convinced. He believes the solutions could all be internal and that the “depth hasn’t shown.”
The real question is whether there is in fact depth there at all, or if the players on the Celtics (Courtney Lee and Jason Terry in particular) are going to continue to underachieve.
If it’s the latter, it might be time to make some changes.