Doc Rivers never plays rookies. As a rookie in 2006-2007, even Rondo had to pay his dues, playing behind Sebastian Telfair for almost half the season. And that was on a 31-51 Boston Celtics team. So when Chris Forsberg asked the Celtics bloggers of the ESPN Boston Summer Forecast which Boston celtics rookie will have the biggest impact this season, we were understandably skeptical that ANY rookie would have an impact:
The question seemed innocent enough: Which of Boston’s rookies will have the biggest impact next season? Our acerbic-tongued panel of Celtics bloggers wasted little time pouncing on the query.
“Impact may be a strong word considering the coach of this team and his track record for splintering the hindquarters of his freshmen class with pine needles,” quipped Justin Poulin of Celtics Stuff Live.
Nick Gelso of North Station Sports added, “The rookies will all have a big impact — in the D-League!”
For my part, I added:
Tommy King, Celtics Town (No rookie impact)
None of the rookies will have an impact next season. Rivers is notorious for not playing rookies and, on a veteran-laden team pushing for a championship, these guys have very little chance of cracking the rotation.
Yet, despite the depth of this veteran team, some bloggers felt either Avery Bradley, or Luke Harangody would have a positive impact. Of the 18 panelists, nine voted for Bradley, six voted no rookie would have an impact, and three voted for Harangody. For the explanations from the panelists, and to read the entire article, click here.