Re: Let's grade Danny
posted at 7/28/2012 6:57 PM EDT
Given the fact that Boston is not a destination big time free agents in their prime will consider, and given thir draft position, I'd say Ainge did a solid job. B-plus. If we'd been able to retain Stiemsma and maybe Pietrus or sign their equivalents more like an A-, but that's life with the cap. Retaining Bass and KG was essential. He drafted a couple of bigs who at least have a shot at contributing. Brought back Wilcox. Terry was huge because of Allen departing (think AInge knew Ray was gone no matter what). Lee was the big move. Excellent, creative, and much needed. The Green siging was probably necessary, though it seems like a bit of a stretch considering his health and performance (albeit in a limited sample size) in year one. Only time will tell, but on the surface the guys is making 2 or 3 million per than he would appear to be worth.
G Rondo, Terry, Lee, Dooling, Bradley
F Pierce, Bass, Green, Wilcox, Sullinger
C KG, (wilcox), Collins, Melo
Joseph, Christmas, Smith
If Bradley is hurt to start I'd say Joseph makes the roster. Otherwise, Joseph probably starts in the D league. Same could be true of Melo. Don't see Christmas or Smith on the 12 man roster, but either or both could see D-league time and be available for injury replacements. At some point the acquisition of an additional quality big will likely be necessary, though the emergence of Sullinger and/or Melo, or both, could make this move unecessary.