Things aren’t looking too bright for the most storied franchise in NBA history, as Rajon Rondo has already broken his hand and the season hasn’t even started. The Boston Celtics finished in the bottom five of the league last year, and will likely finish in the bottom five again, as not much was done to turn this squad into a playoff team. Rookie guard Marcus Smart will be a pleasure to watch alongside Rondo, but the NBA lottery will likely be calling Boston’s name come draft time next year.
- KEY ADDITIONS: Evan Turner (SG), Tyler Zeller (C), Marcus Smart (PG), Marcus Thornton (SG)
- KEY LOSSES: Jordan Crawford (SG), Kris Humphries (PF)
My Starting Five
- Projected Win-Loss Record: 30-52
The Celtics added several key pieces to this team including Evan Turner, Tyler Zeller, Marcus Thornton, and rookie Marcus Smart. Zeller performed quite well for the Cleveland Cavaliers last year and will fill in a pretty large gap at center for Boston. Evan Turner has been a good all-around player throughout his career and Marcus Smart has the opportunity to learn and develop under one of the best true point guards in the NBA in Rajon Rondo. Jared Sullinger continues to improve and if Jeff Green can take the next step forward and make this team his, Boston will have a chance at a low playoff seed. Brad Stevens remains a good young head coach and his development will be key to the Celtics success this year.
There just isn’t enough talent on this roster to become a serious playoff team right now. Rondo doesn’t seem very happy about anything going on and if second year head coach Brad Stevens can’t properly bring this team together, there could be big trouble in Beantown this year. The only star on this team has poor scoring ability and that doesn’t bode well for a team that doesn’t have much offensive punch as it is. Boston will likely have a top-10 pick in the 2015 NBA draft at this rate if this team does not meld together properly.