It's no secret that the Boston Celtics have a plethora of shooting guards on their roster. As training camp approaches Brad Stevens is probably hoping that one or two step up and make their mark so he has some easier decisions to make once the season begins.
Instead of worrying about who might step up, it seems more entertaining (its Friday), to look at the group as a whole and see if we can construct a phenomenal shooting guard. Each player seems to have a different strength, so let's take a look at what these five players could bring to the table.
Avery Bradley – Elite Defense
It's no secret that this is Avery Bradley's biggest strength. It's a fantastic building block and it's probably the best skill any of the Celtic shooting guards posses
Courtney Lee – The Corner Three
Ray Allen left town last summer and Courtney Lee was brought in to pick up the slack. Apparently, the slack was far too heavy. In 2011-12 Lee shot 49.9% from the corner three. The only man who shot better that season, Ray Allen at 50%. Kirk Goldsberry breaks down the corner three in this piece.
Goldsberry's best point is that corner three shooters help spread the floor. Lee's skill in the past needs to return. This shot, both for our fictional shooting guard, and also for the real Celtics, is vital.
He cannot shoot 44% from the corner like he did last year. While that drop is not drastic, consider that he took 16 less corner threes in 19 more games. His confidence and playing time were down, he'll need to get it back.
Keith Bogans – Leadership
A "Three and D" man by trade, his veteran status would be a big boost for our fictional player. Bogans' on-court skills are eclipsed by everyone else on this team.
MarShon Brooks – Getting Buckets
Brooks was a pure scorer at Providence College. He was neutered last season, but the guy can get to the basket and score in bunches. He has the purest scoring ability of Boston's shooting guards. While he is not the greatest shooter in the world, he is pretty consistent from 15 feet and in. Combine that with Courtney Lee's corner three ability and suddenly we have a potential pretend All-Star shooting guard on the Celtics.
Jordan Crawford – Passing
Yes, he is capable of passing. This summer he has been lauded for his passing skills. If he could refrain from shooting terrible threes early in the shot-clock he could be a servicable player. His lack of defense is terrifying.
There you have it, the perfect point guard. Now we just have to figure out a name for this fictional juggernaut. Stick your ideas in the comment section.
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