You know the drill, this is another Summer Forecast topic from Forsberg. Here's the question:
Will Thomas be a long-term starter for Boston during the 2015-16 season?
"Long-term" is the key here. We're talking more than just an injury replacement or short term experiment. Thomas clearly wants to start, but he seems like a great fit off the bench. Something has to give.
The results of this poll were pretty surprising. Almost all the people asked said "no." Example:
The Celtics likely want to slap opponents around with hard-nosed defense to start games and then come in with their offensive unit midway through the opening quarter, making Thomas a preferred option to come off the bench. I agree with Stevens: It doesn’t matter who starts; it’s about who finishes. But this is the case only if they get Thomas to buy into that "defense-first" plan. If not, there is no harm in starting him, because he is the best player on the team, and there is no reason to potentially ruffle any feathers by making him do something he’ll be reluctant about.
There was just ONE person that said that he WOULD start over a long term period in Boston. That was me.
To be honest, I think he's an ideal 6th man. But starting is important to him and he's good enough to start so at some point I think you have to give him that shot and see if it works. With that said, I think something would have to give on the overloaded roster first - which I allude to in my response.
So what say you? Start him or keep him coming off the bench?