By ROBERT LEE
Journal Sports Writer
BOSTON -- Danny Ainge was named the NBA's Executive of the Year after forming the new Big Three who led the Celtics to a whopping 66 wins during the 2007-08 season and the NBA title.
This year he has signed formidable big man Rasheed Wallace, a four-time All-Star and versatile forward/center who will add a lot of firepower to the bench. In addition, he has re-signed backup big man Glen Davis, signed talented forward Shelden Williams, and gotten a commitment from Marquis Daniels, who will be able to keep Paul Pierce and Ray Allen fresh throughout the season now that they have a talented wing man to back them up.
The only thing he hasn't done is find a worthy backup for point guard Rajon Rondo.
Ainge says that the Celtics don't need too. He says that Daniels, Eddie House and Tony Allen can run the point when Rondo is on the bench.
"I'm not feeling a great urgency, because I think that both Eddie and Marquis can play there, and even Tony," Ainge said last week in a news conference to introduce Williams and reintroduce Davis. "We won a game [in December 2007] by 20 points against the Lakers with Tony starting at point guard, so it's not an urgent thing that we are trying to do right now."
Daniels, House, and Allen, however, are not point guards.
The 6-foot-6 Daniels had a breakout season last year for Indiana as a small forward, not as a point guard.
At 6-foot-1 and only 175 pounds, House has the build of a point guard. But Boston coach Doc Rivers will be the first to tell you that House is at his best when he plays as a two guard -- getting the ball open on the wing for a wide open jump shot rather than distributing the ball.
As for Allen, he is more of an athletic, slashing guard who is more depended on to play defense than distribute the ball and make important decisions with the basketball in his hands.
Rondo is developing into one of the NBA's best point guards and is capable of giving the Celtics a triple-double on any given night, but if Boston asks too much of him early in the season, he will be worn out by the time the playoffs start.
So signing another pure point guard to run the offense when Rondo is not on the court would be ideal. The Celtics drafted a scoring point guard in Lester Hudson with the 58th pick but have yet to sign him to the active roster.
There are also several backups living in the world of free agency, including Bobby Jackson, Tyronn Lue, and Knicks restricted free agent Nate Robinson who was arrested on Tuesday for driving with a suspended license.
The Celtics have one roster spot to fill. Will they fill it with a backup point guard?