Certainly, Doc's got his work cut out for him, but these are rich man's problems. Knock on wood, Danny has provided Doc with the deepest (and more importantly, least injury prone) roster since the championship season in 2008. Every starter is backed up by a solid role player and every role player is backed up a promising young rookie. It's a depth chart that can withstand short and long term injuries, rest its veterans for the playoffs, and simultaneously develop rotation players for the future.
Danny addressed all the deficiencies from last season: he drafted two quality bigs in Jared Sullinger and Fab Melo, re-signed Garnett, Bass, and Wilcox, and picked up Jason Collins to shore up our rebounding; he replaced Ray Allen with Courtney Lee and re-signed grizzled vet Keyon Dooling to work in tandem with Rondo and Bradley on our improved perimeter defense; and he re-signed Jeff Green, recruited former Sixth Man of the Year Jason Terry, and invited summer league scoring stand outs Jamar Smith, Dionte Christmas, and second round draft pick Kris Joseph to provide punch from an anemic bench that only netted two points against the Heat in Game 7. There's also the constant: The Captain, Paul Pierce, who's had all summer to rest his bum knee. We've lauded the front office all summer and I'm ready for that next shoe to drop where we can actually see these guys in action. As our friends at CelticsHub point out, this team is locked in for the next several years and that consistency should breed familiarity and chemistry and ideally, championship mettle. In the meantime, it's fun to speculate how the team will play in the fall.
It'll be interesting to see how Doc incorporates all these players, but I've taken a shot at it. Below is a chart of one half of a game with the rotation at ten deep. When you start to think of all the combinations that the Celtics could be playing with next season, you can't help and get giddy. I even made all the roster updates on NBA 2K12 and ran the new team against the Heat. Sure, it's only a computer simulation, but when you play with next year's roster as opposed to last year's roster (especially the team they had in June), it's ridiculously fun. There's just so much more they can do on both sides of the ball.
Side note: even though it kills me to see Ray Allen in a Miami jersey, seeing him relegated to just sitting on the wing waiting for a LeBron or Wade pass, and being able to close on him quickly with Lee and Bradley makes my day.
Avery Bradley's one-man press (via TheTwoManGame)
Kevin Garnett: Avery Bradley 'is just beautiful, man' (via brohrbach)
CelticsHub: The Rondo-Wilcox Show (via rbdcelticshub)
Pierce-Green: Passing the Torch