The Boston Celtics are undoubtedly the NBA's most historic franchise, dating back to the 1950s. "Celtic Pride" has passed from generation to generation; from Russell to Havlicek to Bird to the BIG 3. Now what? The Celtics are simply in a rebuilding phase. With Ray Allen, KG, and Paul Pierce all gone, the city of Boston is definitely not considering the new Celtics to be contenders for a championship. The Eastern Conference is starting to become a tougher and tougher Conference: LeBron, D-Wade and the Heat have won the leagues last 2 championships; KG, Pierce, and Terry join a deep Brooklyn Nets team; Derrick Rose will return to a physically tough Chicago Bulls team; the Indiana Pacers showed last season that they can compete with the best; the New York Knicks should be good too. If Celtics history has shown us anything is that rebuilding is not the way to win championships. What wins championships for the Boston Celtics is getting great players together. The Celtics were fair before Bill Russell came along; but when he joined them they immediately became contenders, and proved that by winning 11 championships in 13 years. Same with Bird; he transformed the Celtics. The BIG 3 did the same thing in 2008. I don't see these players transforming the Celtics. But they need to win a championship before the Lakers win their 17th.
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The 2013-14 Boston Celtics are probably one of the most underrated teams in the NBA during this offseason. Rajon Rondo is the only lasting member of the 2008 Celtics Championship team currently on the Celtics. The challenge for Rondo will be trying to find which players on this young Celtics team play like KG, Paul Pierce, Ray Ray, and even Perkins. His biggest challenge going forward will be trusting his teammates and new coach, Brad Stevens. MarShon Brooks and Kris Humphries bring a new energy to this young team and should play well. Veteran shooter Keith Bogans will hopefully be more of a promise than Jason Terry last season, though Bogans is no Ray Allen. The big men (Kris Humphries, Kelly Olynyk, Brandon Bass, and even Colton Iverson) will give Boston a strong advantage in the post. This will also go hand in hand with the pick and roll play with them and guards Rajon Rondo, Avery Bradley, or MarShon Brooks. Expect to see a lot of lobs to those guys this season. The perimeter play will not be amazing, but it will be solid. I expect to see this Celtics team finish 6th in the Eastern conference in their first year together, but lose in the first round of the playoffs.
Avery Bradley andRajon Rondo will be key parts in the outcome of the celtics upcoming season. Assuming these players stay, the Celtics will have a tandem of guards who have the ability to defensively shutdown and control any opposing pair of guards; and the NBA today is a guard oriented game. Also, they will need to pressure guards enough to limit touches into the post, Kevin Garnnett is no longer lurking in the paint to erease any mistakes made by other players. Jeff Green is still looking for consistency in his game, but will need to emerge as the go-to player now that Paul Pierce is gone. The loss of longtime headcoach Doc Rivers signals the start of a rebuilding year for the franchise.
The Celtics are finding their stride and developing team chemistry.
Captain Paul Pierce is leading the way with shooting, defense and rebounding.
Jeff Green gettin dirty, serving up a facial on Chris Bosh
The Celtics should always think big. But with rebuilding underway they should aim for 44 wins this season. This should set them up for a low seed in the NBA Playoffs, and give them some playoff experience. The young core will continue to grow, and the Celtics will be making the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals by the third year together. They will make the Eastern Conference Finals in 2017 and should make an NBA Finals appearance between the 2018 and 2022 seasons (not necessarily all of them).
A rebuilding proccess is underway for the franchise. If they can find the right balance of young talent to add to the young core of Rondo, Bradley, and Green, and match that with some veteran leadership the future could be bright. Finding a solid player in the draft would be a big boost. How fast the celtics emerge from "rebuilding" depends on how well Rondo (ACL) and Jarred Sulinger (Back) recover from their season ending injuries. However, nothing is certain. The team still doesn't have a head coach so it is anybody's guess as to what direction this team takes. Though it does appear they do have the talent.
The Celtics game plan is to play hard nosed, tight defense, with a set offense that shoots a high percentage and keeps turnovers down.
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