Tossing aside my milquetoast-y luke warm-ish semi-endorsement of starting Jordan Crawford at the point, like so much warm milquetoast, Brad Stevens has, more or less, come out in favor of starting Avery Bradley at the Point. My actual case was that Bradley is ill suited to be a Point Guard and is playing out of position whenever he's stationed there.
In contrast, Stevens said a bunch of things which are true, but address completely different points, via Celtics Hub:
No doubt Avery Bradley is an elite defender, an elite athlete, and a fierce competitor excited for the opportunity to play while Rondo is out. None of these things mean that he has a NBA point guard handle or passing ability.
In my last post I closed with this table breaking down the attributes I thought one should weigh and balance in setting up a back court rotation, which I would like to discuss a bit more here.
|Attempts at Rim
per 48 minutes
|Field Goal Pct
|Player- Team- Yr||Pct Two Point
|AST Pct||TOV Pct|
Most of the true bigs don't look like much help handling the ball. Humphries beats No Pass Bass in a race to the bottom on assist percentage. Not to put too fine a point on it, a Humphries/Bass/Green/Lee/Bradley line up has the potential to be shut down as a breeding ground for mosquitoes and have the lowest assist to turnover percentages of any starting NBA line up.
Vitor Faverani's painful tun over percentage comes via Basketball RealGM. I had heard Faverani had turnover issues, but it looks like his time on the court is going to be largely determined by his ability to keep track of the ball.
Green scored the best last year at being able to create shots, with Sullinger (off of offensive rebounds?) and Olynyk's college numbers right behind. I actually think Wallace's Creation numbers are a bit deceptive, his assisted shot percentages were lower in 2012 and, according to NBA WoWy his percentage of shots assisted numbers plunged in the, relatively few, possessions he was on the court without Deron Williams.
In terms of passing, Olynyk, the former Point Guard, is clearly the most interesting front court player on the roster. His 15.1% assist percentage was among the highest in college ball last year for Bigs, and puts him at the top of the Boston front court players.
Ok, long story short. The best Celtic's guard tandem in terms of Defense and Spacing, is also the weakest in terms of ball handling duties. That creates a conundrum, if the coaching staff is going to start them together Lee and Bradley will need help in the half court.