Mixed Predictions for the Celtics Upcoming Season
by Jack Urquhart on Friday, October 25th, 2013
Coming into this NBA season, there are a lot of questions still to be answered about how the newly sculpted Boston Celtics look to compete in the Miami Heat dominated Eastern Conference. In 2008, when the Celtics last won an NBA Championship, they were led by a “Big 3” of Ray “Jesus Shuttlesworth” Allen, Kevin “Big Ticket” Garnett, and Paul “The Truth” Pierce along with the excellent coaching of Doc Rivers. Ray Allen took his talents to South Beach last year, garnering much controversy in Bean Town, where he and the Miami Heat managed to win a second consecutive title. Garnett and Pierce both had great statistical years, but a combination of aging, an injured Rajon Rondo, and a general lack of depth led the Celtics to a first round loss against the New York Knicks. Following that series loss, Celtics fans wondered what the next step was. Unable to imagine a Celtic team not eligible to compete successfully in the playoffs, the fans waited in anticipation. Shockingly, the Celtics traded Doc Rivers to the Los Angeles Clippers, while also trading both Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce to the Brooklyn Nets, leaving the team empty of its prior stars, and beginning from scratch.
Within what seemed an instant, the key components to a title run just half a decade ago had all moved on to different teams. To replace the beloved Coach Doc Rivers, the Celtics hired former Butler University coach Brad Stevens. Stevens is regarded as one of the game’s best new coaches, who by the age of 35 took the Butler Bulldogs to back-to-back NCAA Championships. In return for the trades of Garnett and Pierce, the Brooklyn Nets sent the Celtics forward Keith Bogans, guard MarShon Brooks, forward Kris Humphries, and forward Gerald Wallace. New additions as such should have an immediate positive impact on the Celtic team and these former Net players look to compliment star point guard Rajon Rondo, who is currently returning from a torn right anterior cruciate ligament. Furthermore, Kelly Olynyk, a new addition that is bringing a lot of hype around his evident presence, is shaping a new future in Boston basketball. Olynyk led his Gonzaga University Bulldogs deep into “March Madness,” fell short by losing to Wichita State. A former All-American, Olynyk hopes he can bring his work ethic to Boston, where he and the rest of the Celtics can look to be a sleeper team in this upcoming NBA Season.
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