While all the discussion over the last two games of the Eastern Conference Finals has focused on the Cavs and LeBron James, Colin has come away with a different opinion about the Celtics in the two games since Isaiah Thomas exited the series with a hip injury.
He doesn’t think that Boston is better, right now, without Thomas, but it’s clear that having the ball dominant guard on the sidelines has allowed them to play a style focused on ball movement and floor spacing, rather than volume shooting by a score-first point guard.
It’s also clear that the Celtics match up better with the Cavs defensively because they don’t have to constantly camouflage Thomas’ deficiencies.
He thinks Boston would be better served by moving on from Thomas, and drafting the pass-first Lonzo Ball with the #1 overall pick to elevate the roster.
If they can acquire two more scorers, starting with Gordon Hayward in free agency, they can seriously compete for the Eastern Conference. With Ball distributing in the flow of an offense designed by Brad Stevens, the Celtics would have enough fire power to match the aging Cavs in the coming years.
Boston could also use the Thomas money to re-sign Avery Bradley who will be considerably better than Markelle Fultz for at least the next 2-3 years.
The other option is extend Thomas, draft Markelle Fultz with the #1 pick and wait for LeBron to deteriorate before making a title push. That’s a losing philosophy. The Celtics aren’t a losing franchise.
“If I’m Boston, Lonzo Ball is really attractive.”
Listen to Colin’s full rant:
If the Celtics don’t trade the No. 1 pick, they should draft Lonzo Ball over Markelle Fultz pic.twitter.com/5iZ158l9Yz
— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) May 24, 2017