|Posted by shawn cassidy on July 25, 2013 at 4:10 PM|
Without a doubt this season is unpredictable. What if Rondo isn't back until 2014? What if Stevens isn't NBA coach material? The Celtics won't get much love or attention this coming season, that's expected with a team heading into a reconstruction. ESPN has already put up some early rankings, and we shouldn't be surprised that the ranking isn't very good for the Celtics.
Feldman: Boston Celtics. The Celtics weren't particularly good last season, but the strong wills of Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce and a little coaxing from Doc Rivers pushed them to a winning record. With its two most impactful players from a season ago now in Brooklyn, Rivers in Los Angeles, Rajon Rondo not yet healthy and Brad Stevens learning on the job, Boston is bound to tumble.
Gutierrez: Celtics. The actual fall in the standings won't feel as significant as the fall from contention. No matter where the Celtics finished in the standings, as long as Rivers, Garnett and Pierce were anchoring, that team could make a deep playoff run. Now, they might still be a playoff team. But most agree they'd be better off losing lots of games. That's quite a fall.
Schmidt: Celtics, by design. Images say so much more than words, so while the Celtics will never admit to tanking, we'll see the sad-faced news conferences and lopsided scoreboards and know the real truth. Bad on purpose -- thanks, NBA!
ESPN's Tom HaberstroH-Insider
13. Boston Celtics (2012-13 finish: 7th)
As is, the Celtics figure to be in the running for not just the league's worst defense, but I struggle to see how they score enough to fight their way into the playoff picture. Remember, this was the 20th-ranked team in offensive efficiency last season, and that was with Pierce, Garnett, a healthy Rajon Rondo and Terry. Who's their No. 1 scoring option next season? Jeff Green? Yikes.
I think these guys are probably right if Rondo isn't back at the start of camp. I feel confident that Rondo has enough talent around him to get this team in the playoffs. I don't think any Celtics fan that's realistic, is saying that the Celtics will banner 18, but to totally discount Rondo, and guys like Green, Bass, Sully, and Bradley is a bit unfair. The Celtics have a new coach, and that 20th-ranked offensive stat was with a different team,and different coach. This season can go either way, and that's the fun about it all. I think have no expectations for once is odd, and weird, and I'm enjoying it actually.