Continuing with my review of the NBA drafts from 2005-2009, we move on to Boston. We've already looked at Atlanta and Washington (check the previous blogs for thos teams). Washington was tough because they were so mismanaged over the past 5 years, but I expect Boston to be tough as well. Can we really criticize an organization that has won the Championship and threatened to win it almost every other year?
Well, we're ballsy like that... so yes, we will make changes. Maybe with our moves, they would have won it more often!
In 2005 the starters were:
Wally Szczerbiak/Ricky Davis/Mark Blount/Ryan Gomes
The above 4 chuckleheads were part of the roving roster spot and contributed between 25 and 42 starts each. In the draft of 2005, they selected Gerald Green with the 18th pick. We'll swap that one out and take David Lee (who went #30 to the Knicks). In 2006 things start to get tricky. This was the start of the roster overhaul. They traded away picks (including the 7th overall pick) and players, but still ended up drafting Rondo (we'll leave that) and getting Al Jefferson.
Now we've got a team that has:
Rondo, Pierce, David Lee, Perkins, Al Jefferson, Delonte West and a decent bench. Three of these guys are VERY young and become big names. Would they still make the trades for Ray and KG? Well the next year they traded the 5th overall pick and some other pieces to Seattle for Ray Ray. They traded Jefferson and others to Minnesota for KG. The roster now?
The bench: Perkins, Davis, Cassell, House and others.
We'll make a tweak to their draft pick in 2008 (#30 overall) and take Sonny Weems instead of J.R. Giddens. Not much of an upgrade, but Weems can do some damage running the floor and would be a nice up tempo sub to work with Rondo on the break.
We don't have a pick in 2009 thanks to that KG trade, but we don't really need it. With "the big 3" still on our team and young pieces in Lee, Rondo, Perkins, Davis and Weems... Boston is in even better shape thanks to our hindsight tweaks.
What do you think? Any changes?