A. Sherrod Blakely fielded some questions in a mailbag and one of them had to do with the Celtics starting five.
Point guard: Phil Pressey (I expect Rondo to miss the first month of the season)
Shooting guard: Avery Bradley (Best defender; improving shooter)
Small forward: Jeff Green (Should be the team's top scorer this season)
Power forward: Jared Sullinger (Healthy following back surgery, still needs to be monitored)
Center: Kris Humphries (Starting center will be by committee all season)
I'm no doctor, so I don't know if I'm supposed to trust Rondo and Danny Ainge when they say that Rondo is "targeting" the start of training camp or my first instinct which tells me that "targeting" is not the same thing as a solid, projected return date. So we'll just have to see about Rondo.
Center is pretty much up in the air at this point. I'd really like to see Olynyk win the job in camp outright, but that might be a lot to ask of a rookie. So the Humphries pick does make some sense. Especially considering the unbalanced roster (too many PFs and not enough Cs). Still, in terms of pairs, I want to see Olynyk and Sullinger on the court as much as possible together (assuming both are healthy and earn enough playing time). Doesn't matter if they both start or not.
I have no quibbles with the rest of Sherrod's starters. There's a chance that Bass could impress Stevens enough to win the starting gig. Shoot, that might even up his trade value. Not that Stevens would dole out playing time for that purpose. It just might be a byproduct of the situation.
Any other thoughts, comments, or outright disagreements?