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Chris Lynch / GigaScout - Pro - Fan
Team:   Boston Celtics Description: NBA - Eastern Conference Assessor: Chris Lynch  
Team Analysis  
1. Importance Important  

The Boston Celtics have been the most successful franchise in NBA history. They lead all franchises with a total of seventeen NBA championships edging out the Los Angeles Lakers by one.  The peak of their dominance was from 1957-1969 as they won eleven championships in this thirteen year span. Much of the Celtics success can be attributed to their many Hall of Famers including Bill Russell, Larry Bird, Bob Cousy, and legendary coach Red Auerbach. In recent years, the Celtics have been able continue to compete with the league's best thanks the job of Danny Ainge, the Celtics President of Basketball Operations. In 2006, Ainge selected Rajon Rondo with the 21st pick in the NBA draft and he has gone on to be one of the best point guards in the NBA in recent years. One year later Ainge was able to acquire NBA all-stars Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen during the offseason. These moves led to the Celtics winning the NBA championship in 2008. The past few seasons have not been as successful for the team but with plenty of young talent and an impressive new coach in Brad Stevens, the Celtics could be right back amongst the league's elite in the near future.

Boston Celtics



2. Wisdom Important  
3. Knowledge Important  
4. Current Assessment Good  

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The Boston Celtics are a young team with plenty of potential but do not currently have the talent and experience to compete for a championship. Last season the Celtics finished near the bottom of the Eastern Conference with a 25-57 record. However, the Celtics star Rajon Rondo only played in 38 games due to a torn ACL and was unable to play up to his previous level immediately after he returned. Now with Rondo back to 100 percent, the team has a chance to compete as a respectable team in the Eastern Conference. A major concern for the Celtics is that while they have not made major improvements during this offseason, teams that were already contenders have gotten even better. The Chicago Bulls finished with a 48-34 record last season and now add former MVP Derrick Rose to their lineup. The Charlotte Hornets already made the playoffs last season and have acquired rising star Lance Stephenson to help them reach an elite level. Even the Washington Wizards showed that they can compete with the best in the playoffs last season and have added veteran and former NBA Finals MVP Paul Pierce. Still, the biggest threat in the Eastern Conference is arguably the Cleveland Cavaliers with the addition of superstars Lebron James and Kevin Love. The Celtics will not have much of a chance against the top teams in the East but if Rajon Rondo is able to get back to his level of play before his ACL injury, they may really surprise some teams throughout the season. 


5. Future Assessment Good  

Rajon Rondo

As the 2014-2015 season begins, the future of the Celtics organization looks pretty good as they have their star Rajon Rondo seems to have recovered 100 percent from his torn ACL injury and is ready to show that he is one of the best point guards in the NBA. Also, the Celtics will have one of the deepest back courts in the NBA this season as they have acquired rookies Marcus Smart and James Young, and veteran Even Turner coming of his best season as an experienced guard. While the Celtics have plenty of talent, they are a very young team so it would not be too surprising if they struggled in the 2014-2015 season. Still, they must be able to compete with the league's elite teams by the 2017-2018 season or some roster or coaching changes should be made. By this time, Rajon Rondo will be in his thirties and the young Celtic players will be entering the primes of their careers. They will have a clear understanding of whether or not they have what it takes to win with their current pieces. If they are still struggling by the 2017-2018 season, they may want to attempt to start a new rebuliding process or go in the other direction and trade for an established veteran with a history of success in the NBA to join forces with Rajon Rondo. 

There are two main scenario's that could enable the Celtics to be an awesome team within the next three seasons. 

Scenario 1:  Rajon Rondo was one of the best point guard's in the NBA before his ACL injury. He also has experience being on a successful team and was a major contributor on the Celtics NBA Championship team in 2008. If the Celtics want to be a contender in the next few years, Rondo must return to his level of play before the injury and must help the inexperienced guards adjust the the NBA and continue to imporve their games. However, this alone will not give the Celtics a chance against teams such as the Cavaliers, the Spurs or the Thunder. Luckilly, the Celtics have a variety of talented players that have not reached their potential. If a few of these players are able to bring there games to an elite level, alongside Rajon Rondo, the Celtics could be a championship contender by the 2017-2018 season. Some possibilities include: 1) Rookies Marcus Smart and James Young improvig quickly and beginning to play at a borderline all-star level. 2) Established veterans Jeff Green, Avery Bradley, and Brandon Bass playing at a slightly higher level with more consistency. 3) Forwards Tyler Zeller, Kelly Olynyk, and Jared Sullinger stepping up and showing that the Celitcs "big men" will not be dominated by the best in the league such as Dwight Howard, Anthony Davis, and Kevin Love. 

Any combination of these Celtics role players improving significantly in the next few years added to an elite level of play by Rajon Rondo could enable the Celtics to be great by the 2017-2018 season.

Scenario 2: In 2007, the were coming off a terrible season but similar to their current situation, they had plenty of young talented players. By trading many of them including Al Jefferson, Gerald Green, Ryan Gomez, Delonte West, and Wally Szczerbiak, the Cetics were able to acquire NBA stars Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen. This led to the Celtics winning the NBA championship the following year in 2008. If the Celtics could pull off a similar type of deal within the next year or two, they could be contenders immediatley. Evan Turner has showed the ability to be a high level starting shooting guard during his past two seasons, but his stock is low because of his recent unsuccessful stint with the Indiana Pacers. However, rookies Marcus Smart and James Young are considered very valuable because of their age and potential. A possibilty for the Celtics would be to trade Smart, Young, and either Olynyk or Sullinger for an elite forward or center. The Celtics would still have a very strong back courts with Rondo, Bradley, and Turner, established forwards in Green and Bass and a star in their newly acquired forward or center. If they are able to find a team interested in a deal like this, it would be a great decision for the team as they could be championship contenders immediately.

Even though the Celtics have many promising young players, it still may be difficult to reach the level of play comparable to the best teams in the NBA. This is why they will most likely be a good NBA team for the next few years, but unable to reach the status of championship contender. There are already so many established teams and young stars improvng every year that the Celtics may find themselves blending in amongst the good teams in the NBA. While Rondo is the main piece for the Celtics, it is unlikely that he will dominate most NBA guards in the next few years. This is not due to a lack of talent in Rondo, but due to the increasing level of guard play in the NBA. Not only have Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook, Tony Parker, Steph Curry, and John Wall been sensational these past few years but some younger and less notable players have been really makign a name for themselves too. Kyrie Irving and Damian Lillard have reached a point where they can be comparded to any point guard in the NBA, and Eric Bledsoe, Mike Conley, and Ty Lawson all played at a very high level last season. Even if Rondo returns to his "pre-ACL tear" level of play and the rest of the Celtics impress, they still may not stand out from the majority of good NBA teams. 

The Celtics could find themselves being bad for the next few seasons if Rajon Rondo is unable to ever get back to his previous level of play before his ACL injury. Even if this is the case, it would still be unlikely that the Celtics are bad because of their depth at the guard positions. It is even less likely that the Celtics are a terrible team for the next few years.  When the Celtics chose to go down the rebulding path by trading Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce to the Brooklyn Nets in 2013, it pretty much elimated their chance of being terrible through the 2017-2018 season as they have done a good job of adding young talented players to the team to help ensure there rise back to the elite level in the future. 


6. Risk High  

The Celtics have been one of the most consistent teams throughout NBA history but they have seen limited success in recent years. Since winning championships in 1981, 1984, and 1986, they have struggled to remain contenders as their victory over the Los Angeles Lakers in 2008 is their only championship since. The risk of the Celtics is high because there are many different factors that could affect the future of the organization. The team is not considered to be a championship contender in the 2014-2015 season based on how young and inexperienced their roster is. This creates the possibility of all-star point guard Rajon Rondo to consider requesting a trade in an effort to win another championship in the prime of his career. In this instance, it would be very difficult for the Celtics to be successful in the next few years as they would probably take a step back and really look to continue "re-building" as an organization. Also, head coach Brad Stevens has had great success as a collegiate coach, but after one sub-par year with the Celtics, it is still unknown how he will be as a professional coach. Lastly, rookies Marcus Smart and James Young are very talented and have plenty of potential but there are still some quetions as to how well they can do at the professional level. At times, Smart was the most dominant player in college basketball this past season, but he also showed sighs of being very streaky and letting his emotions get the best of him when things were not going his way. James Young spent the past season averaging over 14 ppg and playing a major role on a very successful Kentucky team that was loaded with talent. Being just 18 years old, Young may need a few years to reach his potential but has a very bright future regardless. While there are still many reasons to be excited as Celtics fan, the risk is high due to the uncertainties of Rajon Rondo, coach Brad Stevens and rookies Marcus Smart and James Young. 


Marcus Smart and James Young



7. Game Plan Key  
8. Winning Probability 50%  
9. Betting Fair  
Future Assessment Probabilities, Reasons and Explanations
   Possible Outcome Probability Value Reasons and Explanations
1. Awesome   20%
2. Good   50%
3. Fair   20%
4. Bad   10%
5. Terrible   0%

Key Factors

Key Factor Importance   Current Assessment   Future Assessment  
1. Fast break   Important   Good   Good
2. Free Throw Shooting   Important   Good   Good
3. Man-on-man defense   Important   Good   Good
4. Zone defense   Important   Good   Good
5. 3 Pt Shooting   Important   Good   Good
6. Assists   Important   Good   Good
7. Blocked shots   Important   Good   Good
8. Dribbling   Important   Good   Good
9. Passing   Important   Good   Good
10. Press   Important   Good   Good
11. Press break   Important   Fair   Fair
12. Rebounding   Important   Good   Good
13. Shooting   Important   Good   Good
14. Steals   Important   Good   Good
15. Turnovers   Important   Good   Good
16. Adversity   Important   Good   Good
17. Mental toughness   Important   Good   Good
18. Team chemistry   Important   Good   Good
19. Winning passion   Important   Good   Good

Player Importance   Current Assessment   Future Assessment  
1. Brandon Bass   Important   Good   Good
2. Avery Bradley   Important   Good   Good
3. Rajon Rondo   Very important   Awesome   Awesome
4. Jeff Green   Very important   Awesome   Awesome
5. Jared Sullinger   Important   Good   Good
6. Kelly Olynyk   Important   Good   Good
7. Gerald Wallace   Important   Good   Good
8. Vitor Faverani   Neutral   Fair   Fair
9. Phil Pressey   Neutral   Fair   Fair
10. James Young   Important   Good   Good
11. Marcus Smart   Important   Good   Good
12. Chris Babb   Neutral   Fair   Fair
13. Chris Johnson   Neutral   Fair   Fair
14. Joel Anthony   Neutral   Fair   Fair
15. Tyler Zeller   Important   Good   Good
16. Marcus Thornton      
17. Evan Turner      

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