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Your Morning Dump..What Will The Starting Lineup Look Like For The C’s?

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download (3)Q: There’s a month until Boston’s first exhibition game of the new season. What’s the starting lineup going to look like for this new-look team? — Sherman (Las Vegas, Nev.)

A: ::shrugs shoulders:: If Rajon Rondo’s health wasn’t such a question mark, this one might not be so difficult. You can easily envision a starting lineup anchored by the Rondo-Avery Bradley backcourt (those two are the longest tenured players on the team now, after all). But recent chatter by Boston players (both current and past) has suggested that Rondo might not be ready for start of the new season and that throws everything off.

Chris Forsberg/ESPN Boston: Countdown to camp: Starting 5?

As September creeps along, one of the few questions left to be answered is who will be Boston’s starting five when they open the season on October 30th. Brad Stevens and his staff have roughly one month of training camp and eight preseason games to make their decision. The obvious choice at the point guard spot would be Rondo, but depending on who you ask, he may or may not be ready come Opening Night. That leaves Boston’s options at an untested and undrafted rookie or a decent ball-handler who is more suited at the two.

Bradley said recently that he’d be willing to help stomach those chores, but he’s clearly uncomfortable when opponents crank up the pressure and that might have contributed to his all-around struggles in the playoffs last season (though two surgically repaired shoulders conspired against him as well). The Celtics are clearly better served keeping him at the shooting guard spot. Alas, the only other pure ball-handler on the roster at the moment is undrafted rookie Phil Pressey.

If Bradley did fill-in for Rondo at the point for a bit, could we Stevens inject a guy like Marshon Brooks into the starting lineup? Brooks had a productive season scoring-wise for the Nets in 2011-12 when he averaged just under 13 PPG while averaging 29.4 minutes a contest. His minutes were cut drastically however last year. Or would the C’s turn Jordan Crawford loose and see if he could be a consistent reliable valid scoring threat as a starter.

The forward/center situation is a bit easier to envision. Jeff Green should be the starting SF & Boston’s go to guy when it comes to getting buckets. Humph & Crash could get some burn at the four, if nothing else just to showcase them for a possible trade as Forsberg notes. I believe Stevens will use a mix & match of guys at the five spot, depending on the size & depth of the opponents’ frontcourt on any given night. Sully’s blue collar style and hustle on the boards was quickly earning him fan favorite status before his season-ending back surgery last winter.

The question up front is how quickly the likes of second-year Jared Sullinger and rookie Kelly Olynyk could possibly climb to expanded roles. Sullinger had ascended to a starter’s job last season before his back flared in early February, forcing him to undergo season-ending surgery. If healthy and given minutes, Sullinger could make the case for a bigger role quickly. Rookie Olynyk has an NBA-ready offensive game that could get him immediate minutes.

Brandon Bass is a guy that is kind of lost in the shuffle here. I like BB, and despite some of his struggles last season, he really turned it on over the final month. The Celtics have to decide just exactly where he falls into their future plans if they are to keep him for the entirety of the upcoming season. At 6’11″, Faverani is a guy that should see some minutes on nights when the C’s match-up with bigger, longer teams. How he will adjust and adapt to the NBA game is the real question.

Check out the rest of Forsberg’s piece for his predictions and to find out how you can submit questions for his Celtics Mailbag.

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  • Nathan

    I kinda still expect us to make another small move or two. One that could allow us to bring in someone like Sebastian telfair.

  • GreenbirdCro

    Well, this is difficult (and maybe premature) task, but I’ll give it a go…
    and gonna receive a lot of hate as well, I guess…
    1st: Rondo, Lee, Green, Bass, Hump
    2nd: Bradley, Brooks, Wallace, Sully, Klynyk

    • GreenbirdCro

      But I do think we’ll see a lot of reshuffling, depending on opposing teams

    • wil

      no way lee is starting over bradley

      • GreenbirdCro

        There is a logic to my madness. He would be a great up-tempo energy guy from the bench. Less expectations, weaker competition, more running i.e. cutting and less shooting. Also starting doesn’t imply finishing nor bigger minutes

        • Derron Jones

          i dont know why ppl think starter must be he best.. I agree, Lee should get the nod over Bradley.

          • GreenbirdCro

            ;)
            yeah
            otherwise he may be lost
            confidence… trade value…
            everything.

        • wil

          avery bradley is a developing talent. Cutting his minutes with Rondo is not good, because he works best with Rondo and you re asking him to play point guard again after we have all seen that that is aposition he wont be able to play for another couple of years.

          Avery Bradley leads by example on defense thats why he is more valuable starting than not.

          Starters dont have to be the best, but you’re forgetting the chemistry between the players. its not enough that you want energy on the bench.

          • GreenbirdCro

            In general, I can agree w you
            However, I was mostly suggesting AB should come off the bench
            not that he MUST be #9 sub
            just don’t think his cutting would be enough on O
            we need shooters for spacing
            but we do need true ballhandling backup for RR, that’s true!

    • Derron Jones

      Crawford is a better ball handler than Bradley. And my only next prob is Bass. Think Sulli gets a nod over Bass due to his better rebounding.

      • GreenbirdCro

        I would agree. Somehow I think Crawford won’t stick around for too long. And Sully’s still recovering although I would like him to be a starter, don’t see that happening yet.

  • Bob

    Stevens is going to mix and match a lot depending on match ups to start the season. But I think the most consistent lineup will be

    5 – hump
    4 – Wallace
    3 – green
    2 – Bradley
    1 – rondo

    If no rondo it could be either one below:

    5 – hump. Hump
    4 – olynyk Wallace
    3 – Wallace. Green
    2 – green Lee
    1 – Bradley. Bradley

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