Boston Celtics: The Dilemma of Delonte West and the 15th Spot

September 2nd, 2010 by Frances White Leave a reply »
The Boston Celtics have brought the mercurial Delonte West back to Boston. Off court issues while in Cleveland dominated his season last yearm and he lost his starting position because of it.  After settling his case, the NBA has decided to suspend him for the first 10 games for the 2010-11 season.

His fall from NBA grace may just have given the Celtics an insurance policy against Rajon Rondo's shortcomings.

At 6'4", his wiry frame belies his strengths. He can post up smaller guards, shoot the three, handle point guard duties, and make free throws.  This will allow Nate Robinson to do what he does best, shoot, shoot, and shoot some more. 

Delonte will make a more reliable backup to Rondo and that can only make for a fresher player during the postseason.

Most teams treat the the 15th spot on their roster as a fill in; Danny Ainge has treated it like gold.  The Celtics can now field a complete second unit that will afford all of their starters more rest.

Doc Rivers can now call on his first 13 players and have confidence that they know what to do in crucial situations.

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