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2012 NBA Offseason: Boston Celtics

Draft Grades, Offseason Needs, Free Agents

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Boston Celtics (Last Year: 39-27)

Live 2012 NBA Draft Grades:

21. Jared Sullinger, F, Ohio State: A Grade
A very smart move for a the Celtics with back-to-back picks. If Sullinger proves to be healthy, this is going to be a great get for a team that needs an upgrade of talent in its frontcourt since Kevin Garnett and Brandon Bass are both free agents. Think about it, if these red flags didn't come up regarding Sullinger, he could have been a mid-lottery pick. The reward certainly outweighs the risk at this point.

22. Fab Melo, C, Syracuse: B+ Grade
As I figured, Boston goes with another frontcourt player. The Celtics had to rely on Greg Stiemsma and Ryan Hollins to play center last year, and Melo figures to be a much more productive pro, especially if his game continues to develop like it did from his freshman to sophomore seasons. Boston needed frontcourt depth and got it. Great draft for Danny Ainge.

51. Kris Joseph, F, Syracuse: B Grade
Kris Joseph really didn't do anything to wow me during his senior year at Syracuse, but he is a solid selection in the second round for a Boston team that needs depth on the wing. This pick makes it two Syracuse guys for the Celtics.

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Deivisson 01-02-2014 06:02 am (total posts: 1)
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- Yes he was easily beettr than all of those guys. Remember he DESTROYED Robinson in´╗┐ the olympics. And there would be an argument of him in his prime being beettr than Shaq in his prime, not as a pure offensive force of nature, but as an overall player and triple double machine.
Franco 01-02-2014 04:41 am (total posts: 1)
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Cmon Bigga .. I had to go through a whole year of Laker Hate on Tss Twitter and focobaek. And now you wanna say/imply im not classy?Wheres that Bigga voodoo doll .Imma make him skinny!!!!!!
Oh I didn't know the used that clause 06-29-2013 11:06 am (total posts: 3)
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Oh.well in 2013 thanks to the nets Mr Silver will say:

With the first pick in the 2018 draft the Boston Celtics(via the nets)select Seventh Woods.

BOOK IT!!!!!!Lopez will be their only good player by then.

Also they will have:Aaron Gordon,LeBryant Nash,many more good young players.
Bgame17 06-29-2013 02:13 am (total posts: 1)
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Boston can't amnesty Wallace
Celtics are rebuilding 06-28-2013 12:34 pm (total posts: 3)
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Boston's gonna amnesty Wallace.
You don't watch the NBA 06-23-2013 01:36 pm (total posts: 1)
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You clearly did not watch the Celtics or possibly the NBA at all last year. This is exemplified by your "Jeff Green provided some scoring punch off the bench" you do realize that Jeff Green was starting for the Celtics, and was FAR AND AWAY their second best player (after KG) last year correct? To think that BRANDON FREAKING BASS arguably the worst starting player in the NBA would start over him is a total joke.
Pelicans dude 06-15-2013 10:52 pm (total posts: 3)
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Ok so it seems like rivers could go to LA for DeAndre,maybe Bledsoe and picks while Rivers brings KG and lee with him.then that Clippers team could deal Blake and (if he's not a Celtic yet) Bledsoe for Dwight.if this happens than Boston is back to the post Bird-Parish-Mchale era.Rondo will be the main rebuilding piece and next year's draft class is star & role player filled(so Boston can make a 1 year retooling plan?Ainge is smart if this happened).also it'll prove that the Clippers are aggressive with trying to win(CPD15)and for the lakers Blake is better for D'Antonie's system than Dwight(but not for shooting free throws.oh neither is DeAndre Blake is better at free throws than DeAndre.)
Monte 10-25-2012 02:13 pm (total posts: 1)
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Jajuan Johnson is no longer on the celtics but he wouldn't have played anyway.
Joe R 06-29-2012 11:19 am (total posts: 1)
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I like it. Make sure Sullinger's back is okay and this becomes a great draft for the Celtics.
Ben 06-28-2012 04:32 pm (total posts: 1)
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The Celtics need to sign Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett to 1-2 year contracts or maybe more for Garnett. To groom their back-ups.
john robles 06-23-2012 04:32 pm (total posts: 1)
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KG is the only UFA Celtics should resign from their team then go after Kaman, Courtney Lee, Danny Green and RFA Bayless rest of players through the draft.
Cam 06-29-2011 03:25 pm (total posts: 1)
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Jajuan is the most proven player in the draft. the pick is an A for sure. E'Twaun has averaged at least 11 points per game since freshman year. improving every year. what a great draft
paul's a moron 06-24-2011 09:24 am (total posts: 1)
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Can someone tell Paul "idiot" Banks that "makes sense" isn't a grade and that he uses it for 80 percent of picks? "grades" are A, B, C, etc., with the plus or minus and they help you actually tell what he thought of the pick
Matt 06-23-2011 11:49 pm (total posts: 1)
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I have to say I don't like the pick. It's not that I don't think Johnson will be good, but I feel that it is too safe of a pick given were the Celtics are right now.

Johnson is the kind of guy you want to add to a team that is approaching championship level not leaving it. By taking Johnson Ainge seems to be saying that the team can still win championships (something I unfortunately question) & makes resigning Big Baby less likely.

I would have loved to have seen them take Jordan Hamilton. He is much more likely to bust than Johnson, but sitting behind Pierce & Ray would teach him a lot.

Plus he is one of the few players in this draft that could create his own shot off the bench allowing him to become the focal point of the 2nd unit. He is a guy that could become a superstar, it's not exactly likely, but since the Celtics are a championship caliber team on the decline I think it would have been worth the risk. I would have loved them to keep MarShon Brooks for the same reason although I think Hamilton would be the better fit.
Doug 06-23-2011 10:13 pm (total posts: 1)
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Love the JaJuan Johnson pick.

Rondo, Jeff Green, Johnson are a good start towards rebuilding the Celtics.

2011-12 Season Summary:
All season long for the Celtics, it was a matter of getting through the shortened regular season, getting to the playoffs with a healthy roster, and having a chance to win another ring. That is exactly the position Boston put itself in, but the team just didn't have the depth to see that plan all the way through.

Their Big Three did what needed to be done before elevating their play in the postseason. Kevin Garnett proved that despite having a ton of miles on his legs, he still has plenty left in the tank thanks to that always dangerous mid-range jump shot and was especially impressive in the playoffs. Paul Pierce was typical Paul Pierce; being the Celtics No. 1 offensive option and clutch late-game performer. Of the three veterans, Ray Allen showed his age the most. He missed 20 games due to injury and posted his lowest scoring total since his rookie season.

Despite having his name attached to trade rumors after the team sputtered to a slow start, Rajon Rondo dethroned Steve Nash as the league leader in assists. He still struggles with his perimeter shooting, allowing defenders to sag off him on the perimeter, but his quickness remains on display and his blow-by ability can seemingly get him to the rim at anytime.

Outside of those four stars, Doc Rivers was forced to juggle a hodgepodge of roles players. Jermaine O'Neal and Chris Wilcox suffered season-ending injuries and were eventually released, which magnified Boston's already lack of depth inside. Brandon Bass did a solid job of replacing O'Neal in the starting lineup, but that left the Celtics with an undersized front line. Journeyman rookie Greg Stiemsma did his best to provide some size inside, as did mid-season free agent pick-up Ryan Hollins.

Another major development was the growth that Avery Bradley showed during his second year in the league. Bradley was pretty much a non-factor as a rookie, but did a respectable job filling in for Allen at the two when the veteran was banged up. Other "old-timers" Keyon Dooling, Marquis Daniels, and Mickael Pietrus filled out the roster, but really didn't add much pop off the bench.

2012-13 Projected Depth Chart:

C: *Greg Stiemsma

PF: JaJuan Johnson

SF: Paul Pierce

SG: Avery Bradley/E'Twaun Moore

PG: Rajon Rondo

NBA Free Agents:

PF-Kevin Garnett (UFA)

SG-Ray Allen (UFA)

PF-Brandon Bass (UFA)

F-Jeff Green (UFA)

SG-Marquis Daniels (UFA)

G/F-Mickael Pietrus (UFA)

PG-Keyon Dooling (UFA)

C-Ryan Hollins (UFA)

*C-Greg Stiemsma (RFA)

2012-13 Team Salary: Approximately $31.2 million

NBA Offseason Needs:

1. Frontcourt: Ummm ... yeah, there's no way in hell the Celtics can head into next season with a starting frontcourt of Greg Stiemsma and JaJuan Johnson. The biggest decision will come from Kevin Garnett and how much/long of a contract he is looking for this offseason, and whether Boston is willing to bring the 36-year old back. Brandon Bass has also opted out of the final year of his contract leaving a gaping hole up front. The good news is that the team has a pair of first-round picks, as well as the cap space to find some better talent and depth.

2. Re-sign Ray Ray?: The Garnett decision is much more vital than what to do with the soon-to-be 37-year old Allen, who unlike Garnett, has definitely lost a step. If the Celtics end up parting ways with Jesus Shuttlesworth, they will need to find a replacement; not necessarily a starting shooting guard since Avery Bradley could fill that role, but definitely somebody who can stroke it from deep.

3. Depth All Over: Besides the aforementioned holes up front and at shooting guard, Boston really needs to add depth and an upgrade of talent at every position. The Celtics have to find a backup point guard for Rajon Rondo and a wing to play behind Paul Pierce.

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