The Celtics are off to a rather slow start to the 2016-2017 NBA season. The Celtics are 6-6, and buried in the Eastern Conference Playoff picture behind leaders Cleveland and Atlanta. Despite their record, there is very little reason to hit the panic button. The Celtics have been without F/C Al Horford due to a concussion sustained in practice and F Jae Crowder who suffered a gruesome ankle sprain. Both are expected to return to the court soon.
This leads me to my main point. With these injuries, there has been a massive amount of pressure on G Isaiah Thomas to carry the load. Thomas has nicely responded by posting the highest 4th quarter efficiency rating in the NBA. It is very unlikely that the “Little Guy” will be able to keep this up all season. His numbers will drop off a little bit, but not to a concerning level.
The Celtics need to take their collection of assets and make a trade for a proven star. The proven star? Pelican’s star Anthony Davis. Anthony Davis entered the league out of Kentucky as the first overall pick. Davis has averaged 21 points per game for his career. In the 2015 playoffs, Davis rose to the occasion and averaged 31 points per game in a 4-game sweep to the eventual World Champion Golden State Warriors. Davis is a rising star, but he needs help, and the Celtics need his help.
The next important question is what the Celtics would have to give up for Davis. The Celtics need to establish a direction. They need to establish whether they’re going to build through the draft or through the trade route. I am sorry, but building from the draft takes a lot of time and rarely works (Success: see Golden State Warriors; failure: see Sacramento Kings). Danny, its time to prove you have some stones and trade those overvalued Brooklyn picks.
I would be willing to trade anyone short of IT and Big Al. Yes, all of the Brooklyn picks are on the table. Talent is what wins in the NBA, and although the Celtics are a decent team, they play better than the talent they put on the court each night.