I think Wyc and DA are trying too hard to microwave a championship team. If what we want is what the Warriors or Spurs had, then we have to draft and groom a set of core players and establish a style of play through them.
Adding a star to a young team, with its young pieces still developing, is a recipe for Disaster. I'd love to give the young bucks a good run... Steph, Klay, Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu all drafted.
Sometimes it feels like we're building in reverse cuz as soon as a player starts to flourish we try to flip them
You're absolutely right, and I think it's a matter of building philosophy.
I think there are several ways to build a good team, and you can see examples of each method throughout the league.
Some teams prioritize the draft (see: Sixers), other teams want to make big moves in free agency (see: Lakers), others want to make trades (see: Celtics).
Most full rebuilds require a mix of those three things, but you can see that every GM has a different philosophy and values different tools more than others.
Danny's strategy since he started as a GM, it seems, has been to continually build up a pile of assets until he can make a move for a major piece. It's a strategy that has worked well for him, but it does mean that the players on the roster turn over a lot as he's exchanging one set of assets for a new one.
It also tends to result in what you're talking about -- this feeling that we're building in reverse, trying to make the core of a good team happen all at once and then figure out the supporting foundation afterward.
Honestly I agree with you -- I would like to see the team try to build a solid foundation, develop a distinct identity, and then look for ways to upgrade the core without compromising the foundation.
Problem is I just dont' think that's the way Ainge and Wyc prefer to build the team. They want to put together the best collection of talent at the top and then figure the rest out later.
You can't exactly blame them since it worked once before. And if you just look at the team's record since Danny traded Pierce and Garnett, they've averaged 45 wins per year and only been in the lottery once. Hard to argue with those results even if the Celts haven't been a genuine contender since 2011.
But it is frustrating because it means we have this sense nearly every summer that the whole team could look completely different next year. Even during the season we have a feeling that the players on the team now might be gone in a few months because Danny's always looking for the next big move he could make to put the team in a better position.
That's exciting, but at the same time it's also frustrating because we never really see what the team might look like if they just let the same core group gain experience and confidence playing together.