posted at 2/18/2013 8:49 PM EST
In response to davidap's comment:
I started a thread where I argued for the opposite at great length. I'll sum up my thoughts from that post in one line: don't take 20 steps back to go one step forward; just take the step forward.
The Celtics were a healthy Kendrick Perkins away from winning the 2010 Finals. The Celtics were a healthy Avery Bradley and Jeff Green away from winning last year's title. The Celtics are a quality big away from winning this year's title. Don't get rid of the second and third bananas that every championhip-caliber team needs (that would be Garnett and Pierce) out of the mistaken notion that bottoming out and drafting high for several years somehow gets you closer to a championship than adding onto what you already have and/or manuevering the free agent market astutely. Not one recent NBA champion has been built primarily through the draft. It's been all about free agency and pouncing on established elite talent on bad teams.
For every Oklahoma City that bottoms out and eventually competes at a high level (and the Thunder haven't won anything yet), there are five Charlottes who seemingly never climb back to respectability. You can say that Oklahoma City has a better GM, and that's true, to an extent. But there's also a lot of luck involved. We know all too well that bad seasons don't necessarily lead to top draft picks and that top draft picks don't always produce elite players. In fact, if we look back at recent Celtic history, the team has had greater success with guys taken 10th or later than with those selected in the top 9. Again, that's not all about incompetence. The draft is an inexact science.
The Celtics have the second and third pieces for a championship (Garnett and Pierce). They have the role players for a championship (Green, Lee, and Terry). They have the young up-and-comers for a championship (Bradley and next year Sullinger). They're lacking an impact center, and to a lesser extent, a scorer. They should be able to package Rondo, Bass, and a bunch of future draft picks into that elite center. That's a much closer route to a championship than blowing everything up, starting from the beginning, wasting Jeff Green's prime, wasting Avery Bradley's ascendance, wasting the heart and soul of Garnett and Pierce (who are still very good players in their own right), and repeating the M.L Carr years.
There's a time and a place for starting over and rebuilding. That's when you're truly mediocre without much of anything. But that's not how the Celtics are presently constituted. They're one obtainable piece away from making Banner 18 not just feasible in the near term, but probable.
If KG and PP were in their early 30s I would agree with you, but they are not. They are 1 or 2 years away from retirement!
So to your point, why should the C's take 2-steps back to simply win a series or two in the playoffs this year?
The C's could shave years off of their rebuilding process by acquiring Bledsoe, other young players, and draft picks now, for KG and PP, versus getting nothing in return this summer.
It is highly likely the Cs will exercise the team option on PP this summer, which could result in KGs retirement!
Who wants to wait another 22-years to rebuild?