The Red Sox have the best record in the American League and the Patriots, without future-hall of famer Tom Brady, are one of the few to still be undefeated as we head into Week Four of the NFL season. However, here in Boston, we are never truly satisfied.
We are always looking at what could have been or ways to make our teams better. On Twitter, @KingKelley617 posed the question of which athletes we would like to see jump ship and land on one of our favorite Boston sports teams.
Here are my four picks for the Red Sox, Celtics, Bruins and Patriots:
Red Sox: Clayton Kershaw
This was probably my most difficult pick out of the four. The 28-year-old Texan is the best pitcher in all of baseball, and it is not even really close. Since breaking out with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2008, Kershaw has dominated in his time in baseball. Through his career, Kershaw has amassed a 126-59 record with a 2.37 ERA, while striking out 1,914 batters. As of late, Kershaw has been battling some relatively serious injuries, and his performance in the playoffs has always been a question mark, but his talent is undeniable. With one of the best curveballs you will ever see, Kershaw looks to be the type of pitcher that won't lose his effectiveness when his velocity takes a dip. With the Dodgers locking up the National League West, look for Kershaw to get another chance to prove he can dominate in the postseason. The Red Sox have question marks in the starting rotation and were looking to trade for an ace at the Trade Deadline when they were rumored to be in the mix for Chris Sale.
Honorable Mentions: Giancarlo Stanton, Zach Britton, Madison Bumgarner
Celtics: Boogie Cousins
While the Celtics were able to lock up their biggest free agent signing in franchise history after inking ex-Atlanta big man Al Horford to a max contract, I still don't think Boston can threaten for a NBA Championship. With the Cleveland Cavaliers coming off a great Finals appearance and Kevin Durant jumping ship to the Golden State Warriors, it looks as if the NBA is a two-horse race right now. However, if the Celtics were able to acquire Sacramento big man Boogie Cousins without giving up any key rotational players, the Celtics could be the third best team in the NBA, if they aren't already. The 26-year-old former Kentucky star has averaged 20.2 points per game, 10.8 rebounds per game, and 1.2 blocks per game. Cousins' attitude has always been a question mark, but a change of scenery and some elite coaching could turn him into one of the best players in the NBA. Does anyone think Brad Stevens and Danny Ainge couldn't bring out the best in this guy? Rumors have been swirling about Cousins being traded to the Celtics for the better part of two years, so this is one that you should actually keep an eye on.
Honorable Mentions: Anthony Davis, Jimmy Butler, Lebron James (Yeah, I know)
Patriots: Patrick Peterson
While there are a number of players that would obviously make the Patriots significantly better, this was difficult for different reasons. Simply put, the Patriots are absolutely loaded at every position. They don't need a quarterback, receivers, linebackers or safeties. While the Patriots could use an elite lineman, Dante Scarnecchia has made the Patriots' big boys play above and beyond. So where are we going to put one of the elite players in the NFL on this Patriots team? With the uncertainty of Logan Ryan and Malcolm Butler's future with the team, Patrick Peterson would be a perfect fit in New England. At 26-years-old, Peterson is already one of, if not the, best cornerback in the NFL. He has surpassed Darrelle Revis and Richard Sherman, and seems to fit the "Patriot Way" of just wanting to win football games. Every Super Bowl-winning Patriots team has had an elite cornerback, and I am not sure if Malcolm Butler fits that mold.
Honorable Mentions: Richard Sherman, Todd Gurley, Luke Kuechly, Ezekiel Elliott
Bruins: Patrick Kane
I know, I know; the Bruins need help on the defensive end of the ice. I just can't help myself. Pat Kane is one of the best two-way players in the NHL and would fit in perfectly with the "big, bad Bruins" philosophy that head coach Claude Julien is trying to bring back. He can score goals with the best of them, but can also play defense and isn't afraid to drop the gloves if needed. When you have a top player like Patrick Kane, Sydney Crosby or Alexander Ovechkin, it gives you more leeway on the defensive end and a building block for the entire team. While he does have character issues, which top player doesn't anymore, regardless of the sport?
Honorable Mentions: PK Subban, Carey Price, Drew Doughty, Steven Stamkos