They revived the idea of a "Big Three" with these trades, a concept that has clearly stuck around since then. Clearly, things have changed quite a bit.
Whoever is considered to be a part of the team's new "Big Three" certainly will not live up to the legacy of Allen, Garnett, and Pierce right away. These Celtics won't be winning a championship in the near future, something the prior three did in their first year together.
It's the beginning of October, and the NBA news is fairly slow. So, just for fun, who exactly comprises Boston's new "Big Three"?
This has to be the most obvious choice, right?
Rondo is the only player on the roster that can currently be considered a star. He's clearly the team's best player amongst a group of unproven candidates.
This time will go as far as Rondo will take them, which probably won't be very far. They could be fairly competitive when he returns, but they probably won't walk away with very many wins.
(Insert ridiculously overblown comment about Rondo's negative attitude here.)
In my opinion, this is a pretty easy choice as well. Outside of Rondo, Green has the most potential on the team. We saw flashes of his ability last year, including a ridiculous game against the Miami Heat.
My first thought after watching that entire game: What did he mix with his Wheaties this morning? My second thought: Where can I get some? My third thought: Finally, the real Jeff Green has arrived! My fourth thought: All right, probably not. Whatever, it was fun while it lasted.
Without Pierce, Green will be the team's primary scorer on the wing. He'll probably struggle with his efficiency early on as he adjusts to opposing defenses loading up on him, but it's an important year for growth nonetheless.
For Danny Ainge's plans to work out, Jeff Green will need to develop into the player that many believe he can be.
The third member of the new 'Big Three' is Avery Bradley. Yikes. Excuse me while I sob in the corner.
As you look up and down the roster, who else would fill this spot? Brandon Bass? Gerald Wallace? MarShon Brooks? Courtney Lee? Please don't ask about Jordan Crawford.
Bradley has what it takes to be an elite defensive player. Outside of Rondo and Green, who else on this roster really has the potential to be great on either end of the floor?
He's far from a polished product, and, for all we know, he may not even be in Boston's plans down the road. His offensive game needs a lot of work, and his defensive discipline could improve.
Yes, I know, this is a pretty sad "Big Three." Rebuilding stinks, doesn't it?
Mark lives in the Boston area and has been covering New England sports for various blogs over the past 4 years. He has been featured on Fox Sports Yardbarker, Fox Sports, and Sports Illustrated "Hot Clicks", and has been published on Celtics 24/7, Bleacher Report, and Sports-Kings.
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