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Celtics mailbag: Avery Bradley's offensive potential, Rondo's future

Posted by Gary Dzen, Boston.com Staff  August 6, 2013 11:05 AM

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Do you think Rondo will be on the Celtics next championship team? I see a lot of similarities to him and Pierce when pierce was at this stage of his career. (Lone superstar on a bad team and a bit of a hot-head back then)
Nate, Sharon

Love the Pierce comparison, Nate. Unfortunately, the odds are against Rondo's Celtics career arcing in the same way Pierce's did. It's going to be a bit before the Celtics get back to contention. One scenario in which that could happen is if Rondo sticks out this season, the Celtics get the No. 1 pick in the 2014 draft, and Andrew Wiggins immediately turns into the star people say he's going to be. Free agents would be attracted to a team like that. A lot has to go wrong, then right, for that to play out, however.

If you're asking me if I'd to see Rondo on the Celtics' next championship team, my answer is absolutely. He's a great player. He'll win another one somewhere, would be fun to see him do it here.

What happens if Andrew Wiggins and Jabari Parker both opt to stay in college for more than their freshman years?

Then you're going to see a lot of disappointed fans of bad teams, Isaac. You're right, there's no guarantee these players leave for the NBA after one season. That's why tanking is a shot in the dark.

When does the DA magic happen? How do we get a center that can rebound and a lights-out 3-point threat at shooting guard from the current roster?
Greg, Carlisle

Have to hope it's in the next couple of drafts, right? Bradley and Sullinger appear to be great picks, though not with the skill sets you mentioned. Olynyk has impressed early and could be a good player for this team. That true center or lights-out shooting guard is not yet on the roster, but those are both priorities in future drafts you would think. This is where fans' patience is going to be tested, Greg. Those players may be out there, but they're not here yet.

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