Boston Celtics Free Agency: Go Big, Or Go Home!

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Apr 16, 2014; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Detroit Pistons forward Greg Monroe (10) drives to the basket against Oklahoma City Thunder forward Serge Ibaka (9) during the first quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Apr 16, 2014; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Detroit Pistons forward Greg Monroe (10) drives to the basket against Oklahoma City Thunder forward Serge Ibaka (9) during the first quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Are you ready, Boston Celtics fans?

With free agent season set to begin on July 1 – that’s tomorrow, for those of you who hibernated through the atrocious regular season – the Boston Celtics SHOULD be looking to address the most glaring weakness it had during the 2013-2014 NBA regular season.

An utter lack of guards on its roster.

Ha ha ha!  Just kidding – the Celtics have way too many guards right now!  Hope head coach Brad Stevens is ready to start a new trend: the five-guard rotation!

Back to the real weakness the Boston Celtics suffered from last season: lack of a true big man.

Numbers time!

The Boston Celtics combined to score 3098 points in the paint last season – fourth worst in the NBA.  Meanwhile, Boston gave up 3672 points in the paint on defense – 7th worst in the NBA.  That means the Celtics were outscored by nearly 600 points in the paint in 2013-2014 . . . yet overall, the Celtics were outscored by only 366 points.  For all the talk about woeful the Celtics can be shooting from the perimeter, Boston is actually outscoring its opponents from outside the painted box.

Let’s take a look at where Boston’s field goals came from last season, and how they stack up against the rest of the NBA:

 
Less Than 5 ft.
5-9 ft.
10-14 ft.
15-19 ft.
20-24 ft.
25-29 ft.
Boston Celtics Field Goals Made1282216225498505267
League Rank23271481219

These guys are among the worst in the league at scoring in the paint . . . but get the Celtics 10+ feet out, and they become far more competitive, if not downright respectable.

See why I’m not as high on the Celtics’ draft results as some people?  No offense – Marcus Smart and James Young are great talents, and I understand you should draft for talent.  At some point, though, you have to try and fill a need – and all the Celtics did on draft night was strengthen an area that really wasn’t much of a weakness to begin with.

No fears, though!  The draft is just one phase of a rebuild, the other stages being free agency and the trade market.  Since Boston went guard in the draft, it makes sense that the team will be looking at bigs now . . . and I have just the guys for them!

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