— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) February 15, 2017
Detroit have found themselves sitting at the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference. Heading into the All-Star break but more importantly the trade deadline, most would assume they may look to be “buyers” and get over the hump.
With 25 games remaining in the regular season, the Pistons are eight games out from a top-three lottery pick (odds wise). You could make the argument that if Detroit were to be in the hunt for a wing-scorer, they could easily make a run at the fifth or sixth seed.
But what is the point? Why get stuck in that limbo of being good (sort of), but not competing for a championship. 40-45 wins tickle anyone’s fancy? It doesn’t, or at least it shouldn’t, so they must get worse before they can get better.
The Boston Celtics have what is widely considered as “the most trade chips” in the NBA. They have been linked to show some interest in Paul George And Jimmy Butler. A trade for either wing-player would only help in their need for a second scoring threat.
What Boston desperately needs is a big. A legitimate, old-school, traditional, rim-protector, and rebounding big. five of Boston’s last eight losses have been by an average of 6.2 points. In the games that Boston lost by an average of 6.2 points, they lost the rebound battle by an average of 16.6 rebounds per game.
The measure of rebounds in correlation to wins is not bulletproof, but it does have a pretty trendy thread that runs deep in it’s existence. Can you imagine if the Celtics had grabbed half (eight) of the rebounds they missed? Eight extra possessions could lead to an average of 8+ points based on their field goal percentage. Boston ranks 29th out of the 30 teams in the NBA, in rebound percentage. The Celtics are sixth in the league in points scored, behind the “King of the Fourth” Isaiah Thomas.
Scoring isn’t their problem, the ability to pull down rebounds is.
It just so happens that Andre Drummond is averaging just a tick below 14 rebounds per game (13.8 to be exact), which is tied for second place in the league behind only Hassan Whiteside (14.1 rebounds per game), who doesn’t appear to be available. Detroit needs to take Amir Johnson off of Boston’s hands for that sweet expiring contract. They could also expend Avery Bradley, Kelly Olynyk, and any of their picks.
Detroit can blow it up, open up a ton of money, use the draft, and refocus with their new pieces. Boston gets significantly better, and this is the scene for every Celtics fan…
— Celtics Direct (@CelticsDirect) February 15, 2017
Detroit can follow Boston’s rebuild strategy, and be competitive within the next few years.