2015 Boston Celtics Season Preview
Year two of the Brad Stevens experiment saw the Boston Celtics take major strides. Few expected Boston to reach the playoffs, something the Celtics did, by clinching the 7th seed in the Eastern Conference. It seems as if the rebuilding effort in Boston is taking place faster than expected, and there is much optimism in Boston coming into 2015. The corps of the 2015 Boston Celtics roster will be much the same as last season, with Avery Bradley, and Marcus Smart teaming up in a young, but talented back court. The Celtics did bring in veterans David Lee, and Amir Johnson to add experience to the front court, and draft picks Terry Rozier, and Marcus Thornton are expected to see playing time early. The thing that Boston is still missing in 2015 is a definitive star. Expect the Celtics to once again distribute the ball well, play solid defense, and fight for a lower seed in the NBA playoffs.
2014 Boston Celtics Season Preview
The 2013-14 season was the start of a new era for the Boston Celtics. Gone were championship head coach Doc River, and championship players Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett. The keys to the team were turned over to superstar Rajon Rondo and first year NBA head coach Brad Stevens. The new look Celtics proceeded to go 25-57, finishing way outside of the playoff race. For the 2014-15 NBA season, the Boston Celtics added ultra-talented rookie Marcus Smart as well as Tyler Zeller, Marcus Thornton, and James Young. The Celtics signed Avery Bradley to a 4 year deal and he will look to have a big season to live up to that contract. Expect Marcus Smart to get plenty of playing time, along with 2nd year player Kelly Olynyk. Much of the Celtics talent is young and inexperienced. But the 2014 NBA season may prove to be the first glimpse that Boston Celtics fans will have of the new core of Boston talent that will be the focus of the Celtics efforts to hang yet another banner in the rafters of TD Garden for the next decade.
2013 Boston Celtics Season Preview
It was one of the toughest seasons in Celtics history in 2012-13, starting with a season-ending Rajon Rondo injury and ending in the departure of Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce to the Nets and Doc Rivers to the Clippers. MarShon Brooks and Kris Humpries joined the team in the Nets trade and hope to head this team in the right direction with the help of a fresh Rondo. The Celtics went out and plucked Brad Stevens from Butler, and one of the most successful college basketball coaches in recent history will have his hands full in Boston. The Celtics open up the season with a game in Canada, facing the Raptors on Halloween. They’ll be back in the U.S. the next night to face the Bucks at the TD Garden for their home opener before hitting the road once again. Other key home games will be vs. the Knicks on Dec. 13, vs. the Lakers on Jan. 17 and vs. the Nets on Jan. 26 when they’ll welcome back KG and Pierce for the first time since the trade.
2012 Boston Celtics Season Preview
With all the talk of other super teams forming, the first recent team to foray into the world of super roster building is still going strong. The Celtics’ core of Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen are still looking to light up buildings all across the land, and with Rajon Rondo blossoming into one of the best guards in the league, their name is a constant when people discuss title contenders. While their rotation needs to be built stronger for the core to withstand those three consecutive nights of games that come with a shortened season, the Celtics will always be up for a show no matter where they are or who they’re playing.
2011 Boston Celtics Season Preview
The Boston Celtics proved many skeptics wrong when they returned to the NBA Finals last season. Despite losing to the Los Angeles Lakers in a grueling seven game series, the Big Three - Ray Allen, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett - proved they can still play with the best in the league. If there’s anything the Celtics' playoff push proved it was the importance of point guard Rajon Rondo. The former Kentucky star emerged as one of the premier guards in the league and showed his poise and ability to score numerous times down the stretch. The Celtics also welcomed future Hall of Famer Shaquille O'Neal to the team, and while he may be getting older, he certainly is still a force down low. Boston also added Jermaine O'Neal to provide some more depth at center. Coach Doc Rivers is one of the most well-respected head coaches in the league, and with Allen, Pierce, Rondo and Garnett all coming back, and the addition of two reliable centers, it would not be surprising if the Celtics are in the picture at the end of the season once again.
2010 Boston Celtics Season Preview
The Boston Celtics have to be excited about their chances as they head into the 2009-2010 NBA season. The Celts finished last year with the second best record in the NBA and nearly made a return trip to the NBA Finals. Without the injury to Kevin Garnett, Boston might have repeated as NBA Champs last year. This season Celtics Head Coach Doc Rivers will have a new star to add to his lineup; former Piston Rasheed Wallace has joined Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen in Boston. If those four play up to their potential and young PG Rajon Rondo does his thing, then the Celtics will go deep in the 2010 NBA Playoffs.
2009 Boston Celtics Season Preview
After capturing their 17th banner to bring home to Boston last season, the defending champions Celtics are poised to accomplish another successful run for the playoffs this season. All-around greats Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen and Paul Pierce will give this team a strong backbone, and watch for several newcomers to make their name in 2008-2009. A game at TD Banknorth Garden is assured to be a fantastic bet, as the Boston Celtics take the court for a possible title repeat.