|Posted by shawn cassidy on August 11, 2013 at 5:00 AM|
For the past 6 years we could always count on one thing with the Celtics. The Celtics defense has been the leagues best for the past 6 years. In year 6, it wasn't up to par this past season, but when it was on, it was the best in the game. Now the Celtics have a new core, and the biggest question for most out there is the offense, but what about the defense?
First of all, the Celtics need a renewed focus from Rondo. He's got the resume, Rondo has been on the All-Defensive First Team twice, and on the the second team twice. Rondo has the chops, and all the tools in the world to be one of the best defensive point guards of all-time. Rondo's partner in crime made his first All-Defensive team in 2013 when he landed on the third team. Avery's pressure on the ball could be the starting point of the defense. Sometimes I question on how much he can do that for 30-35 minutes a night.
The potential is there for the Celtics. They could potentially have the best back court in the NBA when it comes to the defensive side of basketball. Outside of Rondo and Bradley, who do the Celtics have? Gerald Wallace is well known for his defensive game, he was on the All-Defensive First Team in 2010, but that's his only time on any All-Defensive team, but you can't always use that as the benchmark.
The Celtics currently do not have a shot blocker, and that won't change with this current roster as is. The Celtics potentially have a double-digit rebounder in Humphries. Bass will give you 5-7 boards a night, with a 10 plus rebound game here and there. The Celtics may not have the best well known defensive players in the game. But KG changed things in 2007, and with that being said. Who would have imagined Ray Allen playing great or solid defense? KG even got inside Paul's head, and he became on of the best around.
The Celtics can build a culture of defense with it's back court. Do I see it happening? Not really, but I think the potential is there. Green showed some signs last season, and look what Bass did to Melo. Perhaps Brandon Bass becomes something different. It's hard to say, but the potential is there on this current team. I don't think will see the Celtics holding teams to .41% shooting from the field, and I don't know if the Celtics will hold teams to 90 points a night, but the promise of something is there.
My expectation isn't NBA Championship type defense, but like everything else this season. I would love to see promise, and something that they can build on moving forward. I think, I just want to see how good Rondo still is on the defensive end. I will be satisfied with him becoming the best again. My answer to the title of the post. The Celtics won't be one or the other.
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