At shooting guard, Boston has Ray Allen. At small forward, Paul Pierce. At power forward, Kevin Garnett.
It’s an amazing combination of intelligent, basketball-smart, experienced stars hungry to win.
As for the rest, it appears Rajon Rondo is the starting point guard, and Kendrick Perkins should get the nod at center. If both get the role, it’s by default. There’s no one else on the squad that can even pretend to be starting material at either of the positions.
Off the bench, guard Tony Allen, when actually healthy, brings the most talent. Eddie House, a point guard who despite being 6-1 was most recently used in New Jersey as a shooting guard, can bang home some shots. And Brian Scalabrine, who is overpaid, has been known to occasional score on the other team’s 10th man.
That’s about it. Everyone else is a rookie, or not too good.
The Celtics, initially at least, will be fascinating to watch. It’s rare that a team has the talent Boston’s new big three bring to the table. And it’s also rare for any team in the league to have such a weak supporting cast and bench.