It’s not often you get this type of honesty in sports, but Celtics’ GM Danny Ainge said the roster he built “isn’t good enough” to win an NBA championship.
“Our roster, obviously, is not good. If there’s somebody to blame, this is Danny Ainge to blame,” Ainge said.
Danny Ainge says he’s to blame for Boston’s 14-14 start. pic.twitter.com/6ES2MUhsRh— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) February 18, 2021
Ainge may be trying to light a fire under the players like a coach would when he gets ejected after a slow first half, but let’s be honest–he’s right. This year’s Boston Celtics’ roster isn’t that good, and it has a ton to do with point guard Kemba Walker.
Walker is currently averaging 16.4 points a game, which is respectable, but he’s shooting a career-low 36.4% from the field. For a team with a “championship or bust” mentality, that’s not getting it done. No team is winning an NBA title with a player making $33 million a year to convert lay ups and dunks at a lower rate than the average player makes a three. In playoff series where margins are minuscule, Kemba’s play will sink the ship.
Boston currently sits at fifth in a dismal Eastern Conference with a 14-14 record, so what’s the fix? Chances are that Danny Ainge needs to get creative and make a splash on the trade market.
Is Giannis bored of Milwaukee yet?
It’s obviously a long shot, but wouldn’t Giannis’ point guard abilities fit beautifully in Boston where he can let Jayson Tatum finish games? Instead of forcing jumpers in Milwaukee pretending he’s a closer, he could play his game and allow a true jump shooter in Tatum to reward the dominant 47 1/2 minutes he just put forward.
Giannis probably isn’t ever being traded to the Celtics, we know. However, the Celtics need to find answers in a hurry before this season gets out of hand. GMs don’t usually clown their own rosters like this, so something’s gotta give.