Historically, the team with the most reliable go-to guy will almost all the time win the crucial games. Solid examples are the Bulls with Jordan, the Celtics with Bird, PP and KG, the Lakers with Magic, Kobe and Shaq, the Pistons with Isiah, the Spurs with Duncan and Parker, the Rockets with Olajuwon, and the Heat with LBJ and Wade.
Now in the absence of a confident scorer with the killer instinct in Boston's current roster, this team will be lucky to even get the 8th spot in the Eastern Conference. What is more obvious at this point is that JG, as the perceived new era PP, does not fit the bill. He has been too afraid to post-up, drive to the basket and take face-up jump shots against his defenders when he is needed the most. I don't know, is he afraid to commit mistakes or is he afraid to get injured or he just plainly lacks the offensive creativity to do so? He instead, most of the time, pass the ball when pushed or harassed, and not fight for a spot to will the ball in his hand into the basket regardless of what kind of individual offensive execution. He just gives up so easily. It is just frustrating to watch. When he has possession of the ball and he is in an offensive stance, he has at least 10 seconds to put the ball into the basket. Even when double teamed, he still should at least try to will himself and the ball into a scoring position and not pass the ball to teammates with perceived less individual offensive capabilities like Lee, AB, Wallace, etc.
Another thing is that, I believe Brooks is the second best offensive option of the team. With him developed defensively, the C's will have a very potent 1-2 punch come clutch time. With that said, he should earn a starting spot on their roster. Defense can be taught, but offensive talent and confidence don't grow on trees, so to speak. So I am urging, let's spare ourselves into debating that defense is the key. Defense can only be the key when you already have a reliable scorer - look at MJ, Pippen, KB, DW, LBJ. Mind you, no coach or coaching staff has ever developed a defensive guy to be their number one scorer - good luck to that!
If this fear-mentality of JG continues into the first quarter of the 2013-14 season, I believe the C's are better off with Rudy Gay or Loul Deng as their number 1 offensive option and Brooks as the number 2 guy. I strongly believe Brooks, Fav, KO and Crawford will have a break out season - a blessing in disguise with the injuries of Sully, RR and Pressey.
This is my take as their best starting five after the pre-season games:
PG - Crawford
SG - Brooks
SF - JG
PF - KO
C - Fav
The reason being? Besides the fact that this group is the most offensive minded in the roster, this combination actually racked the highest offensive output, FT% and rebounding output so far at this early stage.