What Do Celtics Need To Accomplish At Trade Deadline?

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While most of the clamoring regarding the NBA trade deadline has been focused on Carmelo Anthony and whether the Denver Nuggets will pull the trigger on the pending free agent superstar, the question among Celtics fans is whether they will – or need to – make a move.

The Celtics are one of the deepest teams in the league to begin with and considering they are 36-11, atop the Eastern Conference and are the reigning conference champs who blew 13-point lead in Game 7 of the NBA Finals, they really don’t have any glaring weaknesses.

Many basketball fans would probably say that getting their players healthy would give them the equivalent boost that a trade might bring.

In the frontcourt, the Celtics are five-deep and won’t have enough minutes to go around once everyone is healthy. With Shaquille O’Neal, Kendrick Perkins, Kevin Garnett, Glen Davis and Jermaine O’Neal, the Celtics are fully stocked.

At small forward and shooting guard, the Celtics give a lot of minutes to Paul Pierce and Ray Allen, so they don’t need a lot behind them but they do have Von Wafer, Marquis Daniels and Delonte West (when he returns from a broken right wrist). At point guard, Rajan Rondo and Nate Robinson handle the duties.

The Celtics are loaded.

Beyond the point of depth, the Celtics don’t have a history of making blockbuster trade deadline deals. Last season, they picked up Nate Robinson at the deadline. Prior to that, you’d have to look back to 2005 to see a big move when the Celtics picked up Antoine Walker.

This is a significantly different team nowadays.

The only thing that may persuade the Celtics to make a move is if their Western Conference rivals do. The Lakers could use a boost but if they swing a deal, it may make Celtics fans feel as if they need to answer.

Truth be told, the best thing the Celtics can do right now is ensure they have the best record in the league and home-court advantage throughout the NBA Playoffs. That’s more important than the trade deadline later on this month.

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  3. Terrell Hughley

    February 9, 2011 at 1:37 am

    The celtics are perfectly fine the best record in the east…the only thing I feel they weak at is the big man rotation and shooting guard help that’s only because J. O’neal, Shaq and D. West are not healthy…when they are the C’s will have that help and defiantly will rest and play well in back to back games….

  4. Banner18

    February 6, 2011 at 12:59 am

    C’s only weakness is a great driver/finisher for those possessions where you absolutely have to score late in the game. Taking it to the cup gives you two chances to score (or a chance at a 3 point play). Pierce used to be that guy (leading the league in free throw attempts per game), but he just can’t do it as much anymore and prefers to settle for J (which usually gives you one chance). Last time I looked, Wade and Lebron were both in the top 5 in FTA per game which should give them an advantage in close games. RR can get to the cup, but doesn’t finish as well as he should (is this the off season when he’s finally going to develop his left hand around the hoop?
    My only other complaint is this: Doc is GREAT at drawing up plays, but doesn’t do it if there is more than 10 or 12 seconds on the clock. Instead, he prefers to give it to PP at half court with 20 seconds on the clock. Does anyone have the stats for the efficiency of Doc’s 6–12 second plays, versus the give it to Paul strategy.
    No Sheed! No Sheed! Get a vet big who can rebound, play defense. Hustle and score around the hoop. Sheed’s numerous, low percentage threes, usully hurt the offense and took him out of rebound position. His lack of hustle, particularly in transition hurt the defense. His constant whining cost points and pissed off the refs (which can hurt in a close game).
    Bleeding Green,
    Go Celtics

  5. Farnsworth

    February 5, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    I live in perpetual fear of a Sheed return. On one hand, it’s like “No, there’s no way Doc would let that pariah back to the locker room.” On the other, I know how buddy-buddy he and KG and Shaq are. The only move I myself would make would hinge completely on Delonte West’s recovery status – which seems good. I just don’t feel good about Nate leading that second unit.

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  10. Jamie Canu

    February 4, 2011 at 10:04 pm

    I honestly can not think of anything the Celtics need, I like the feel of this team. All I could suggest is dumping Jermaine ONeal but I dont really think ther eis anything we need. Maybe more depth at SF.

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