Re: Its Settled..
posted at 3/3/2013 6:19 PM EST
In response to Ortiz123's comment:
In response to rameakap's comment:
In response to snakeoil123's comment:
All three of those guys are good complimentary players. Not guys that anyone would want to build a team around.
They are somewhere in the middle
Borderline all-stars, any of who could be a 3rd best player on a contender - yes
Superstar - no
Solid multiple appearance all-star that can be Robin to a superstars Batman - no
Your 3rd and 4th best players are not 'complimentary' players, thats reserved for your worst starter and best bench guys... but when you talk about a new 'core' those 3 are all def part of it
Question...AT what point did PP become a star player to build around???
Pierce would be the 2nd player selected if the 1998 draft were re-done, as it was he went 10th, he became a player to build around either the moment he was drafted or during his rookie season once everyone saw how good he would be (basically week one).
Green was a lotto pick who was played out of position at OKC, but was def part of their young core and was one of their 3 best players all his seasons there until the one he was traded during. He had the heart condition and is only now getting over it, at pick #5 he likely was hoped to be a Robin to someones Batman, and he still can become that, but best case seems to be a 16-19ppg scorer, 3rd best player.
Bradley was 19 when drafted and had ankle and shoulder issues, only showing his stuff for 2 months last season and 6 weeks this season. Had he stayed in school another year he would have been a top 10 pick. Sky may still be the limit, but superstar is unlikely... he could easily be a 16-19ppg 2nd best player as well though.
It was opposite for Sully, he would have been a top 5 pick in the '11 draft, flashed briliance right away (Avery took over a year) but now has the back issues that should make him return better than ever and in better shape... but it still keeps him questionable. But he is also 20-21 like Avery, I'd expect him to be a 15/9 player, a 3rd-4th best starter as well.
Any or all of those guys could emerge as a #2 on a contender... worst case is they all remain #3-#4 guys if healthy. But its not a bad spot to have. Rondo is clearly that #2 perennial all-star type player, making our young core DEEP on starting quality talent. The C's 'just' need a superstar. We could trade RR for another #2 type or a #3 if Green/Avery seem up to the task of being a 2 (need a big to replace KG, thats why you might tarde him) but until they replace PP or KG with a superstar they won't win another title.