Boston Celtics Rebuilding Quicker Than You Think

Everyone knows the Celtics are starting their rebuilding process going into the 2013-14 NBA season. They traded away their two franchise stats in Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, along Jason Terry to the Brooklyn Nets in exchange for Gerald Wallace (with 3 years $30 million left on his contract), Kris Humphries, Marshon Brooks, Keith Bogans and 3 first round picks in 2014, 2016, and 2018. From the outside, it looks as though the Celtics are starting from scratch. However, take a closer look at this team. Ask yourself: Do you see the Celtics losing enough to have a chance to get a lottery pick or even Jabari Parker or Andrew Wiggins in next year’s draft?

The Celtics are still without a coach at the moment. I am not so sure that this team won’t be able to get to the playoffs, yet alone make a run in the playoffs even without the likes of Pierce, Garnett and Doc Rivers. You might read articles talking about the rebuilding process and how next season is already lost, but you have to motivate your players to play the right way for the full 82 game season. Again, I am not so sure that the players on the current roster will believe that. I know they still think they can win. The Celtics got draft picks, which is what they wanted, but they also cleared cap space to even sign a marquee free agent, like a Josh Smith, Paul Milsap, or even Al Jefferson.

The Celtics have a very interesting team coming into this year and if they sign a coach like Lionel Hollins, I won’t be surprised if this year’s team does just as well as last year’s. With Hollins as a coach, this team will play strong, hard defense. This team will be one of the better defensive teams in the NBA, especially with Avery Bradley, one of the NBA’s elite defenders. If Rajon Rondo comes back to his form from two years ago, he can be that elite point guard. He is the player who the Celtics are building around for the future. Pair that back court together, with Courtney Lee coming off the bench and you have one of the best if not the best defensive backcourt in the league.

Let’s say the Celtics sign Hollins and sign Josh Smith. This team would be a fun athletic team to watch. With Jared Sullinger, Smith, Jeff Green, Bradley and Rondo, Boston would have a strong defensive unit that would be able to get up and down the court. The Celtics would transition to an athletic defensive minded team that would mainly be able to score in transition from easy baskets. Coming off the bench, Brandon Bass and Marshon Brooks will actually play defense under Hollins. Combine him with Kelly Olynyk, the Celtics first round draft pick, and you have guys who can stretch the floor that will thrive under this system. Again this is just one possibility, and there is only one guarantee I have for this year’s Celtics team: this team will be fun to watch.

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2 Responses to Boston Celtics Rebuilding Quicker Than You Think

  1. the Celtics may have one of the top defensive back-courts on paper, but they’ll also be one of the smallest, getting bullied in the post by bigger guards. Josh Smith signing with the C’s is a long shot, especially if Lionel Hollins gets hired because Smith plays a lazy mans defense. my biggest concern with the C’s is who can score. besides Jeff Green, the Celtics don’t have another player on the roster who can put the ball in the net.

    • mbaum2 says:

      that just means rondo has to be aggressive and score, i know that signing both hollins and smith is a long shot, but if it happens, that is what rondo wants and when you have a motivated rondo, something good will come from it, itll definitely be a fun season to watch the C’s with the athleticism they have atm

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