How to Fix the Boston Celtics

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After the loss to the New Orleans Pelicans 120-115, the Boston Celtics fell to 15-15.  This coming after a couple bad losses to the Pistons, Hawks, and the Wizards.  With the Celtics having two most likely all-stars on their team in Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, there is no reason they should be .500.  Something needs to change.

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There are a few ways you can improve this Celtics team.  The first is to change up the playing time.  Peyton Prichard has shown that he is a good player and over time he should get a bigger role.  Kemba Walker, my favorite player in the NBA, has not played well this year.  I understand he is coming off a knee injury and needs time to find his groove, but he should not be taking shots that decide games when you have Tatum and Brown.

Another player I can see stepping into a larger role is Tristian Thompson.  He has played well this year, averaging 8.2 rebounds per game.  Semi Ojeleye has also played a huge role in the team this year shooting a career-high in three-point percentage at 38.9%.  Those are guys that should continue to see playing time and increased roles.

Someone who should see less of a role is Jeff Teague.  I was a fan of this signing in the offseason, but he has not played well this year.  His EFG%, which for non-basketball fans is a stat that weighs made threes over regular field goals, is 39.1%.  He also is not great on defense; it always seems like someone is scoring on him.

One of the biggest things that needs to happen for the Celtics to become championship contenders this year is a big trade.  The Celtics acquired a $28.5 million trade exception, which is the largest in NBA history when they signed-and-traded Gordon Hayward to the Charlotte Hornets.  Someone I would love to see the Celtic trade with is the Atlanta Hawks.  

Someone to keep your eye on is John Collins.  If I’m Danny Ainge, I would call the GM of the Hawks and offer a first-round pick, and a choice of two or three out of Carsen Edwards, Grant Williams, Robert Williams, Aaron Nesmith, Romeo Langford and Tremont Waters.  John Collins is only 23 years old and is averaging 18 ppg while shooting 54% from the field and 39% from three.  He would also make the Celtics have one of the youngest, scariest big threes in the NBA.

Another person who I could see the Celtics trading for is Kevin Love.  He has been on championship teams and would fill a hole in the frontcourt.  This deal also would probably be similar to the John Collins deal and would put the Celtics in a better position come playoff time.

Another person I would like to see the Celtics trade for is Buddy Hield.  Ideally, the Celtics would get Bradley Beal, but you would have to trade most of your future, and the Wizards said they are not trading him.  Buddy Hield, on the other hand, has been rumored to want out of Sacramento for the last few seasons.  The addition of Hield would give the Celtics the lights-out three-point shooter the team needs.  This deal would be similar to the John Collings deal and would probably take say Romeo Langford, Robert Williams and a 2021 first round pick for Buddy Hield.

The Celtics can also go a less flashy route and trade for a veteran like JJ Reddick.  He has been rumored as either a trade candidate or buyout candidate once the deadline is over.  If Danny Ainge is not willing to trade a lot of assets, he can still get a deal done for Reddick without giving up anything too big.  All you would need to give the Pelicans is a second-round pick and maybe either Tremont Waters or Carsen Edwards.  Adding JJ Reddick would make the Celtics better, but I do not think that would put them over the edge of other teams in the Eastern Conference.

As the basketball season continues it will be interesting to see what type of deals are made and how the Celtics do.  One thing is for sure, if nothing changes, the Celtics will see themselves watching The Finals from their couches for yet another year.


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