Paul George to the Celtics is the Best OptionĀ 

Written By: Conner Pack 

We’re only a couple weeks into the NBA offseason and we’ve already seen multiple trades. On draft night we saw a major trade between the Bulls and Timberwolves that sent Jimmy Butler to Minnesota. Then there was the Chris Paul trade that sent him to the Rockets. Those are just a couple, I’m sure there will be more to come but those so far in my opinion have been the two most impactful. But the biggest name in this years offseason talks has been Indiana Pacers forward Paul George. 

Now, he’s still under contract for one more season but he’s made it very clear that he plans on leaving after next season, if he isn’t traded. He’s been open about wanting to play for the Lakers, but it doesn’t look like they’re going to make a trade to get him a year sooner, since he plans on going there after next season. Which makes since. 

So, if the Lakers don’t make a trade offer, that then leaves the window open for other teams to possibly make a move and trade for him. The only problem with that is you might only be renting him for one season, if he’s that dead set on going to the Lakers. But what if the team that trades for him is already a quality team that is in the mix and is on the verge of being a championship contender? Could that team possibly trade for him and talk him into resigning? 

That leads me to why I think Paul George being traded to the Celtics makes the most sense, for both the Pacers and Celtics. 

Let’s start with why it makes sense for the Celtics, last season the Celtics finished first in the east but no one really considered them a “real” championship contender. However, the Celtics have a solid core group of guys, a great head coach, and they play in the east. If Paul George ended up being traded to the Celtics it would be a major game changer and give George a great opportunity to contend for an NBA Championship. 

One, the Celtics have a group of experienced guys lead by Isaiah Thomas. Adding George to the mix would give the Celtics another guy who can create his own shot and take over games if needed. Something the Celtics have lacked. 

Two, Brad Stevens might be the second best head coach in the NBA, behind Popovich. In four seasons he took the Celtics from out of the playoffs to the top seed in the east. Also, he hasn’t had the superstar names that other teams have had. Just imagine what he could do with a star like George. 

Three, the eastern conference for the past several years has been very weak. Since the LeBron James Miami Heat days, LeBron has dominated the eastern conference. Mainly because the other teams haven’t had enough talent. Paul George on the Celtics would put the Celtics right up there with the Cavaliers. 

Why would this be good for the Pacers, because the Celtics have a lot to offer. The Celtics have stock piled draft picks for years now, so they’d have several they could offer up. Also, the Celtics have a multitude of solid role players that can be impactful if traded away. I just feel that Indiana would get the best return from the Celtics if they decided to pull the trigger and trade him there. 

– Final Thoughts

If Paul George wants to play in the NBA Finals and win a championship his best chance of doing that is in Boston. In the west, the Warriors aren’t going anywhere. In the east, things looks be opening up depending on what LeBron decides to do after next season. Also, the Celtics are the front runners to sign Gordon Hayward, another all star caliber player. 

I just think the situation would be much better and he wouldn’t have as much pressure on him. Because the Celtics already have a great foundation, they just need one or two more pieces to get them to that next level. 

Finally, since the Celtics already have their foundation Paul George would just have come in and find his rhythm. He would already be surrounded be good talent with an identity. Unlike going to another team where he would have to carry the team on his shoulders. 

We’ll see what happens. 

Boston Celtics Draft Talk

Written By: Conner Pack

– Trading the Number 1 Pick? 

After what for the most part was a very boring NBA season, the offseason has been quite the opposite. One of the biggest headlines so far has came out of Boston, with the Celtics deciding to trade the first overall pick to the Philadelphia 76ers. Some would say it’s shocking, I know I was. But in exchange the Celtics received the third pick in this years draft as well as a future first round pick, which I liked. 

Since Brad Stevens has been the head coach, the Celtics have taken major strides and have gotten better each year. The rebuilding process has been quicker than expected, in large part because of the moves general manager Danny Ainge has made. The trade he made over the weekend is a prime example. Over the last couple years the Celtics have accumulated a lot of draft picks, several of which have been first round lottery picks. 

By trading away the number one pick, the Celtics have decided to stick with Isaiah Thomas as their leader. I say that because, if the Celtics would’ve kept the first pick I’m 99.9% sure they would’ve drafted Markelle Fultz. I liked Fultz and felt like he would’ve been great for the team, but then there would’ve been a controversy or some disfunction with Isaiah Thomas and his future. 

– Why I Like the Trade

This trade long term is very beneficial for the Celtics. One, it gives them a solid draft pick to barter/trade, which I hope they do.  

Two, if you keep the pick you’ll still be able to draft a really good player. More than likely Fultz will go one and Ball will go two. So that leaves you with Tatum or Jackson, either one I think would fit in good with the Celtics. 

Three, they’ll more than likely have another lottery pick next year. So overall, the Celtics are in a great position moving forward. 

The last reason why I like the trade is, the Celtics didn’t really need another young guard. Would Fultz help? No doubt he would. But the Celtics have a solid four guard rotation with Thomas, Bradley, Smart, and Rozier. Throughout the playoffs all four of those guys really stepped up, understood their role, and made impacts. Especially second year player Terry Rozier. 

– Final Thoughts 

Come Thursday we’ll have a better idea of which direction the Celtics are trying to go. Do they want to win a championship now? Or are they planning on being the team to beat two to three years down the road? Last season, the Celtics finished first in the eastern conference and made it to the eastern conference finals. But we all knew the Celtics weren’t the best team in the east, that they’re still a player, maybe two players away. 

Finally, the Celtics are in a great position with some great young talent and one of the best coaches in the NBA. 

– Scenarios (Moves I would Like to See) 

I think, if the Celtics can make a play and trade the third pick to the Bulls for Jimmy Butler. That would show they’re trying to win now and contend for a championship. Because, it seems as though the Celtics are the front runners to sign Gordon Hayward. By adding those two guys that would elevate this Celtics team to another level. 

However though, the Celtics still lack a big man presence down low. You can say what you want about Al Horford, but he doesn’t give you that presence inside. So maybe they try and target a big man either through free agency or trade the third pick for big man instead of Butler. 

Celtics Love the Three Ball

Written By: Conner Pack

The second round of the NBA playoffs are under way, as the Celtics beat the Wizards 123-111 Sunday afternoon, giving  then a 1-0 series lead. So far throughout the playoffs the Celtics have had their share of highs and lows. When the Celtics fell behind 0-2 to the Bulls in round one, many began to question whether or not the Celtics could get back in the series. Fortunately for them, they bounced back and won four straight games to win the series 4-2. Then on Sunday, the Celtics found themselves down early once again, trailing 16-0 to start the game.

Slow starts have been a thing for the Celtics in the playoffs thus far. Whether it’s for a whole quarter or just the first couple of minutes, each game has been different. But, the one thing that has been consistent throughout the playoffs has been their three-point shooting.

Through seven games the Celtics have attempted the most three pointers of any team in the playoffs. Attempting 263 three pointers, that’s eight one more attempts than the next closest team, their opponent the Washington Wizards who’ve attempted 182. While they’ve attempted the most they’ve also made the most, making 95. If you’re wondering that’s 36.1 percent. Not too bad if you ask me. Normally anything above 35 percent is relatively good.

During the regular season, the Celtics were an average at best three-point shooting team. Shooting 35.9 percent and making 985 three pointers, fourth most in the NBA this season. But they weren’t shooting in the way we’ve seen them shoot in the playoffs. During this playoff run, the Celtics have gone on spurts where they catch fire and everybody on the team begins to make three pointers. Whether it’s a transition three or an extra pass or two around the ark to set a wide open three. It’s pretty fun to watch if you’re a Celtics fan. The ball movement they’ve shown is awesome.

–  Final Thoughts

The Celtics have dug themselves several holes so far in the playoffs. But because of their hot shooting they’ve been able to shoot themselves back into games. The Celtics have four games where they’ve made 14 or more three pointers. Also they did something that doesn’t happen that often and that is, having back to back games of 15 or more 3-pointers made. Game 6 vs. Bulls 16-39 and game 1 vs. Wizards 19-39.

Being able to shoot the ball like they are has been a major bonus for them. We’ve seen teams lose because they rely too heavily on the three ball. But from what I’ve seen so far the Celtics really like the three ball but they aren’t living and dying by it. For the most part they’re taking the best shot they can get. They still move the ball and get good offensive movement. Transition three pointers have been a big part of the successful shooting.