With Tip-Off fast approaching here’s an in-depth look at the league, Team by Team.
Where They Have Been:
One of the most storied franchises in any sport, the Boston Celtics took a big step back when they traded future hall of famers Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to the Brooklyn Nets. In return, the Celtics received a package of expiring contracts and three first round picks in 2014,2016, and 2018. The trade was met with criticism for the Celtics’ lack of loyalty, but analysts have commended both teams on working out a fair deal. Going forward, Boston may be facing a subpar year ahead of them.
Who They Have: Starters
The Celtics opening day starting five will consist of SG turned PG Avery Bradley, SG Courtney Lee, SF Jeff Green, PF Brandon Bass, and C Kris Humphries. Bradley (who is playing for injured PG Rajon Rondo) is terrific defender, but is still lacking a bit on the offense side. Lee is a good shooter, particularly from three, but doesn’t contribute much else. Green is a solid 15 PPG and 5RPG guy who will also give you solid play on defense, particularly in the middle. Bass and Humphries are both Power Forwards who are lacking defensive prowess. Humphries has been a disappointing player ever since his short-lived marriage with fame whore Kim Kardashian.
Who They Have: Bench
The Celtics surprisingly have a nice mix of veteran leadership and young potential on their bench. Gerald Wallace and Keith Bogans (both came over from the trade) have good leadership qualities in them. In particular, Wallace recently called out his teammates for playing with a lack of heart. While upper management was not a fan of this, the decision voice his displeasure could end up paying dividends for Boston. As far as the young guys, PF Jarred Sullinger and SG Jordan Crawford and Marshon Brooks have shown flashes in the true NBA talent on both sides of the floor in their young careers. In addition, the Celtics 1st round draft pick, Kelly Olynyk, can provide some much needed size on the floor for the Celtics.
What to Expect:
The addition of Brad Stevens was both shocking and smart for Boston, but there’s only so much he can do with a roster that just lacks talent. The future of this team is looking bright, but this season may be a little darker than Celtics fans are used to.