The Return of Delonte West!

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In order to save a little bank and maintain the youth movement, David Kahn, GM of the Minnesota Timberwolves, waived the rights to combo guard Delonte West last month. No big deal, right? So the Wolves dropped the gun shootinest, four wheelinest third guard in the playoff underachieving Cavaliers’ rotation.

Who cares?

I’ll tell you who cares. I do. And so should every other Celtics fan.

 

Delonte West is the modern stopper at the point guard position and a very nice defender at the two guard to boot. Outside of LeBron James and Andersen Varejao, he was the best defender on a very strong Cleveland defense. He has great arm-length and very quick feet, and he plays tough and energetic basketball. His offense is fairly pedestrian, but he can play both spots and gives the best back-up point guard Boston has had since they won their title in ’08 (and to be honest, he’s probably more valuable than the ghost of Sam Cassell was at that point in his career). He’s also the type of guard who can go get his team an extra possession here and there too, whether its with a timely steal or an offensive board.

 

I was actually unhappy when Ainge let West go as part of the trade for Ray Allen in the 2007 offseason. I preferred Delonte to Rajon Rondo at that time because he played a more conservative style, defended more positions, and could hit a jumpshot. I was clearly backing the wrong point guard. A championship ring and an All-Star appearance for Rondo are all the proof I need to admit that. But I’m still ecstatic to have Delonte back.

Look at it this way: Boston’s backup point guard last season was Tony Allen. Tony Allen who doesn’t really play make for others and can’t shoot past 15 feet. Delonte does both of those things. Tony didn’t really excel at defending point guards. Delonte really excels at defending point guards. And of course playing Tony and Rondo together led to problems because neither of them was willing or able to space the floor by taking (and hitting) open jumpers. Delonte just finished playing 3 seasons with LeBron James, where that is every guard’s primary job.

Also, now the Celtics’ would-be reliance on Marquis Daniels has been circumvented. That seems like a good thing when you consider that the other two teams who planned to rely on Daniels (Dallas and Indiana) never really could.

The only concern now is finding enough minutes for Rondo, West, and Nate Robinson and picking up a back-up small forward. Daniels and Finley don’t count.

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8 Responses to “The Return of Delonte West!”

  1. High Above Courtside Says:

    I called this about 2-3 months ago, when I blogged that Ray Allen better keep an eye on his Mom. We know according to Court documents that Delonte’s gun is loaded.

    • jpalumbo Says:

      Oh yeah that reminds me. Delonte is scheduled to miss some games do to being a crazy-pants. But that’s okay. Doc doesn’t care about the regular season anyway.

      • High Above Courtside Says:

        10 games at the start of the season.
        Doesn’t really matter, The Heat have
        already been crowned champs this year

      • jpalumbo Says:

        Pat answer #1 – You still gotta play the games. Pat answer #2 – Experience counts in the playoffs. Pat answer #3 – You have to beat the champs to be the champs. Pat answer #4 – We got Shaq! Well, we got an homage to Shaq.

        NBA Fan Bylaw # 1046 – Boston fans who picked up Garnett, Ray Allen, and a championship banner three years ago in exchange for Al Jefferson, Delonte West and bag of Lays, don’t get to complain about Miami picking up LeBron and Bosh or all the hype that comes with it.

      • High Above Courtside Says:

        To quote my favorite sportwriter:

        “It’s just not at all an apples to apples comparison.”

  2. JoeD_in_NC Says:

    jpalumbo? PUNT!!!!!!

    ” I was clearly backing the wrong point guard. A championship ring and an All-Star appearance for Rondo are all the proof I need to admit that. But I’m still ecstatic to have Delonte back.”

    YIKES!!!!

  3. JoeD_in_NC Says:

    Really!!! Really!!!! punt on this guy……”Cleveland Cavaliers guard Delonte West contemplated quitting before leaving the team’s training camp to seek help for depression and “a mood disorder” he has been battling his entire life.”

    NUT JOB!!!!!!! Make him someone else’s problem…NOW!!!!

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