Re: When will Doc start playing the young players?
posted at 1/18/2012 11:00 AM EST
In Response to Re: When will Doc start playing the young players?
[QUOTE]I have a feeling Doc Rivers will be gone once the big three leave Boston. I just don't see how he can develop any new talent. Doesn't like or can't think out of the box, is very stubborn when it comes to using players or adapting to different circumstances. Once the big 3 are gone he needs to go or this team will just remain in perpetual stagnation as a mediocre franchise.
Posted by celticsfanmx[/QUOTE]
Pud is right - Doc will play the rookies a lot when the Vets are clearly not going to make the playoffs. Right now - it looks bad but they have a long way to go. Expect some temporary hope after playing some bad teams over the next couple of weeks.
On Doc never developing rookies, how do you explain:
Drew Gooden was traded to the Magic under Doc and started 18 of his 19 games....as a rookie!
Tony Allen started 24 games in his rookie year and averaged 16.4 minutes
Al Jefferson came straight from high school and as a 18 year old, averaged 15 minutes
Delonte West was 21 as a rookie and averaged 13 minutes and was developed by Rivers
Gerald Green averaged 12 mpg as a rookie straight out of high school.
Ryan Gomes started 33 games as a rookie and averaged 23 minutes. Now a pretty good player who developed under Doc Rivers
Mike Miller won rookie of the year under Doc Rivers starting 62 games and averaging 29 minutes per game.
Corey Magette averaged 18 min per game as a rookie under Doc Rivers
Pat Garrity averaged 18 min/game under Doc Rivers
I could go on and mention people like BBD, Rondo, and Powe but I think you get the point. I'm ok with Doc not giving a lot of minutes to Giddens, Lester, Bradley, Luke H, and the other bums because he's shown that if you can play as a rookie - you get minutes. If you can't - you sit.