All right Boston Celtics fans: let’s open up a can of worms today!
Yesterday’s poll was pretty straight-forward, since it pitted two centers who have already started in the NBA, Tyler Zeller and Vitor Faverani, against one another in the battle to be the Boston Celtics’ starting center in 2014-2015.
Today, however, features Avery Bradley, Boston’s starting shooting guard (for the most part) since he took over for an injured Ray Allen during the 2011-2012 season, and Marcus Smart, a rookie who has yet to start a single NBA game. Blasphemy? Maybe – but consider some arguments before you rush to vote.
First of all, I should point out that I am asking whether or not Smart COULD become the permanent starting point guard by the end of next season, not should. I understand that the Boston Celtics just re-signed Bradley to a four-year, $32 million contract, so it’s pretty clear that the Celtics have a lot of faith in Bradley and plan (or at least hope) on him being the starting 2-guard in Boston for a long time.
However, Bradley does have a history of injuries (he has played 50 and 60 games, respectively, in the last two seasons), so it is worth asking the question: if Bradley suffers another setback during the 2014-2015 season, could the play of Marcus Smart be enough to convince the Celtics that Bradley is best used coming off of the bench? Not that he would ever want that, but moving Bradley to the bench could actually wind up increasing his longevity.
Besides, there can be no doubt: Marcus Smart is the future of the Boston Celtics. Whether he is being groomed as Rajon Rondo’s replacement, or as a starting 2, he will be a starter in the NBA sooner than later. Granted, he will start the season coming off of the bench, but he has already impressed people with his play both during the Orlando Summer League, and as a member of the USA Select Team. Is Smart good enough to just flat-out steal the starting job from Bradley by the end of next season?
I’m torn, so maybe you all should vote and then I’ll just hop on the bandwagon! Kidding – sort of. Vote now!