Boston Celtics Backcourt Is Packed with Promising Potential

February 24th, 2015 by Zach Buckley Leave a reply »

The Boston Celtics backcourt doesn't have a lot of size or much experience under its belt.

But the key components of a potent perimeter group are otherwise present: explosive offense, suffocating defense, capable scorers, willing passers and hard-nosed defenders. As an added bonus, the unit is young enough to keep its cost low and send its ceiling sky-high.

Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge is still working up a blueprint to restore his storied franchise to NBA relevance. But the executive has done a masterful job of quickly fortifying his ranks around the outside.

He grabbed Avery Bradley with the 19th selection of the 2010 draft, then doubled down on that investment by locking him into a four-year, $32 million contract over the offseason. Ainge also plucked two perimeter players from the 2014 draft in Marcus Smart (sixth overall) and James Young (17th).

The final puzzle piece arrived at the trade deadline, when Ainge landed scoring guard Isaiah Thomas from the Phoenix Suns at a door-busting clearance price. Thomas is one of only 15 players to have averaged at least 18 points and five ...

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