The Rondo Replacements - finding a short term solution at point guard

Ronald Martinez

The pickings are slim, but there are options for the short term.

What to do in the long term is a huge discussion that will either work itself out at the trade deadline or after the season. But in the immediate future we still have a team of proud veterans and we now have a huge hole at the point guard position. Clearly nobody is going to come in and fill that void or come anywhere close. However, the team has some options to explore.

First they could just stand pat and hope for the current guard rotation to step up.

How do the Celtics replace Rajon Rondo?

"You're not going to replace Rajon Rondno, but you're going to do it collectively," Scalabrine said. "If he is out for the rest of the season, then the Celtics just found what their identity is. That's 88 shots in two overtimes (vs. Heat on Sunday). They're going to be a slow-down, grind-it-out team that tries to execute in the half-court, and tries to run once in a while when they get stops."

Next, the team might look to recently retired (but at 32 still younger than many of the vets) Keyon Dooling.

With Rajon Rondo injured, former Celtics guard Keyon Dooling says he would consider comeback - Sports -

He said he has entertained thoughts of return to the court, and the Celtics now have a need for a veteran point guard. "I’m not in shape, but I would [consider it]," he told the Globe

Speaking of familiar faces, the team could consider bringing back old friend Delonte West.

Celtics forced to look for options in wake of Rondo's injury

A league source told earlier this season that the only way the C's would even consider bringing West back for a third stint in Boston, would be if one of the guards currently on the roster suffered a long-term injury.

The team might also consider looking at the D-League. There's no shortage of players that would jump at a 10-day contract.

Will the Boston Celtics Look to NBA D-League To Replace Rajon Rondo? - Ridiculous Upside

The first of these potential fill-ins would have to be Chris Wright. He has been steadily putting forth a strong effort as playmaker all season long for the Energy. A young man with solid court vision, Wright's 7.4 assists per game lead all point guards who have spent the full duration of the season in the D-League thus far. What's more, at 210 points, the guard's stocky build for a floor general helps him contain his opponents defensively. His hounding nature on that side of the floor has given way to an also impressive 1.8 steals per game average as well.


Boston might tap into the D-League and look to call up Andre Barrett who leads the D-League in assists with 11.2 per game. And unlike a number of D-League playmakers looking for that next big break, Barrett does have NBA experience with six different teams and currently plays for the Celtics' D-League affiliate, the Maine Red Claws.

Stay tuned.

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