It’s not always easy to keep perspective. Like when the 410 lb. orca whale purchasing $30-worth of Burger King for himself double-checks with the cashier that the soda he was served is Diet. But we here at Razzball know how difficult maintaining perspective can be, especially when you’re drunk and trying to sketch moving objects. So from now until the start of the season, we’re bringing you the 2010 Fantasy Team Previews, which will focus on each NBA team in hopes of painting a clearer fantasy picture. Who’s starting over whom? Who might surprise you and who might make you want to hurl yourself off a bridge in a few months. Enjoy! Next up – The Boston Celtics.
Gained – Delonte West, Luke Harangody, Semih Erden, a pair of Irish O’Neals
Lost – Scalabrine! ‘Sheed! Tony Allen! (Okay, that last one didn’t really warrant a yell)
Probable position depth –
PG – Rajon Rondo, Delonte West, Von Wafer
SG – Ray Allen, Nate Robinson, Avery Bradley
SF – Paul Pierce, Marquis Daniels
PF – Kevin Garnett, Glen Davis, Luke Harangody
C – Shaquille O’Neal, Jermaine O’Neal, Kendrick Perkins, Semih Erden
3 Concerns Heading Into the Season –
1. Seriously guys, four centers?
My old college roommate (my roommate was actually college-age, it just happened a few years back) had depression issues for which his doctor prescribed him two pills. But those pills had side effects that required another pill to alleviate. But that alleviation pill made him dizzy, so – boom – two more pills. In the end, he took a cocktail of about nine pills and I’m pretty sure he just had mild autism all along. The pills just confused the issue. What does that have to do with the center position of the Boston Celtics? Don’t make me spell it out.
2. Kevin Garnett: Comeback Player of the Year?
Nah. But I think he improves a tick above last season’s averages. He earned 9/4/2/1/1 in 18 mpg this preseason. That averages out to 15/7/3 and 3 stls+blks per game if he can last just 30 minutes a contest, which he did last season and should be able to this season as all signs point to him being far healthier now than at any point in 2009. He’s being drafted between rounds 6-9. You’ll take 15/7/3 in those rounds and not only say “yes,” but “yes, please!”
3. What’s left in Ray’s tank?
Oh, I’d say there’s about a quarter Allen left … You see what I did there? Allen sounds like gallon. Gallon. Tank. … Nothing? Fine. Last season marked the death rattle of Allen’s career (15.2 PER, lowest since his rookie season; 20.2 USG%, the lowest of his career). You can have him at the 65th pick and I’d be shocked to find him getting taken in the top 100 in 2011. But hey, it’s been fun, Jesus.
Fantasy Disappointment in ’10 – Ray Allen. Yahoo! lists his ADP at 61. ESPN lists him at 66. And if you believe he should be drafted anywhere near that, I’d like to offer you some Florida swampland that’s about to skyrocket in value.
Biggest Fantasy Contributor in ’10 – Rajon Rondo. Last year’s meme was that the Celtics were no longer the Big 3’s squad. Some memes last a long time. Don’t look back, Boston. A new day is breakin.’ It took too long just to realize.
Deep Sleeper – Marquis Daniels. Remember in ’08 when Daniels averaged 14/5/2 with Indy? No, of course not. Why would you? Well, he did. And he’s just one Paul Pierce injury away from having a chance to do it again. Jrue story.