The Boston Celtics took a major beating at home by the new-look Cleveland Cavaliers the very same night they were set to honor Paul Pierce and retire his jersey, but more than spoiling the celebration, this lopsided defeat raised a lot of concerns in the Garden.
With the roster overhaul, the Cavs just went through, it seems like they’re once again title contenders, especially because of the hustle they’ve put on the defensive end of the floor, something they were missing throughout the whole campaign.
Furthermore, the Boston Celtics have made a living out of their great defense, but they’ve struggled to score points all season long, being the 26th ranked team offensively with just 102.9 points per game.
Most of the issues may be coming out of their second unit, as their bench currently ranks 23rd in the league with just 31.3 points per game. Having said that, it’s pretty clear that they definitely need some points off the bench, a today we’re going to let you know about the top 5 guys that could help them fix this.
5. Monta Ellis
Monta Ellis was one of the most gifted scorers in the league during his prime, and even though he lacks the kind of shooting stroke from beyond the arc most guards need nowadays, he still knows how to put the rock through the bottom of the nets.
Ellis is still a free agent and he’s not been getting much attention from any NBA sides throughout the year, so he’d definitely be thrilled with a chance to get back to the Association and play for a contender.
4. Derrick Rose
Derrick Rose would be thrilled with the opportunity to play for the Chip, something that may definitely motivate him enough to try and find a rhythm and play through the pain, something he’s not been able to do for a while now.
Of course, their backcourt is kind of crowded at this point but come on, we’re talking about a former MVP here and a guy that still knows how to take what defenses give him and make the most of his athleticism.
3. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
Upon Isaiah Thomas’ arrival, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope may be the odd man out, considering Josh Hart has also been playing standout ball and they weren’t planning on extending KCP’s stay at the Staples Center anyways.
Still, Kentavious is a very gifted two-way player and he should be on a more competitive environment, so if he manages to arrange a buyout with the Los Angeles Lakers, he might as well commit the ultimate sin and sign with their long life rivals.
2. Arron Afflalo
Arron Afflalo has mightily struggled all season long, but to be fair, who could actually thrive on a team like the Orlando Magic? One of the most messed up franchises and rosters the league has seen in a very long while.
Not so long ago, Arron was more than capable of putting 15+ points a night with great ease, and he’s always been a very gifted shooter. Also, he’s yet another buyout candidate as an aging veteran a rebuilding team has no use for.
1. Zach Randolph
Zach Randolph has never been much of a defender, but he’s always been a terrific scorer that knows how to make the most of his physique and take advantage over more talented and skilled big men than him.
He’s not getting enough playing time with the Sacramento Kings and he might get his best shot at the Championship playing at Boston. So, if he wants to retire as an NBA Champion, he could be a prime target for the C’s upon his buyout.