Olynyk, Bradley, and Rondo land on GM survery

Jared Wickerham

So, let me get this straight: we have one of the stingiest on ball defenders in the game, one of the most promising young players in the league, one of the smartest point guards in the NBA? I'll take the preseason record with a grain of salt.

Several Celtics were featured in a survery taken by all 30 general managers around the league.  Boston wasn't picked to win the Atlantic division, the Eastern Conference, or the NBA Finals, but there were some bright spots.  Ainge got some votes for making the best off-season moves this summer, including drafting Kelly Olynyk.  Olynyk finished fifth in "which rookie will be the best player in five years" and first in "biggest steal."  Avery Bradley tied for fourth for "best perimeter defender."

What stands out to me in this survey is the attitude around the NBA about Rajon Rondo.  He tied for second for best passer and and fifth for highest basketball IQ.  The GM's weren't asked who'd they pick to start a team around right now, but I'm curious where Rondo would fall in that mix.  He's 27 and assuming he fully recovers from his ACL tear, he's entering the prime five years of his career.  With the team rebuilding, the question that haunts Ainge when he wakes up in the morning and when he goes to bed must be whether or not Rondo is a franchise player.  Rondo has two years left on his cap friendly contract and when the summer of 2015 comes around, will it be Ainge trying to convince RR to stick around while he surrounds him with young talent (or possibly trading for vets) or Rondo giving Ainge a hometown discount in order to spend his entire career in the same jersey?

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