A two-big, Al Horford/Greg Monroe, frontcourt is worth a shot
In out Twitter poll, participants chose Greg Monroe over Thomas Robinson (59%-to-41%) to fill the Celtics final roster spot. Monroe is now on a 10-day contract with Boston. In his first stint with Boston in the 2017-18 season, Moose only saw limited action. That would change if Brad Stevens decides to experiment with an occasional two-big frontcourt of Al Horford and Greg.
Al is at his best at the power forward spot and Greg is an old fashion low-post center. Kendrick Perkins had a long career as a low-post guy - started 78 games in the Celtics 2007-08 Championship season - and averaged 24.5 MPG, 6.9 PPG, 6.1 RPG, 1.1 APG while shooting 62% on both field goals and free throws. Playing similar minutes (23.3 MPG) for Phoenix in the 2017-18 season, Moose averaged 11.3 PPG, 8.0 RPG, 2.5 APG, shooting 63% and 67% on field goals and free throws, respectively.
Which player is Danny Ainge's best choice for the Celtics final roster slot?
While not Kendrick's equal on the defensive end, overall Greg is the more-skilled player. Granted, Horford is not quite at the same talent level of Perkins front-court mate, Kevin Garnett, but Al's presence alongside Monroe might just work.
A Celtics-Pacers first-round matchup seems highly likely, and Boston meets Indiana twice prior to the post-season. There is little to lose during the remaining 8-game, regular season stretch. A starting lineup versus Indiana of Al, Greg, Gordon Hayward, Kyrie Irving and Marcus Smart would be worth a shot.
Gordon is close to playoff-ready, and that unit encompasses great passing skills. I will be the first to admit it may not work - but it needs a chance. What do our readers think?