2016-2017 in review: 53-29, finishing 1st in the Eastern Conference. Lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Conference Finals (1-4).

Key offseason acquisitions: Gordon Hayward, Kyrie Irving, Marcus Morris, Jayson Tatum, Aron Baynes

Key offseason losses: Avery Bradley, Jae Crowder, Gerald Green, Amir Johnson, Kelly Olynyk, Isaiah Thomas

Projected starting line-up: PG Kyrie Irving, SG Jaylen Brown, SF Gordon Hayward, PF Marcus Morris, C Al Horford

2017-2018 season outlook: The Boston Celtics are packed with talent. Few teams in today’s NBA can afford to go toe-to-toe with the Celtics. The 2017-2018 season should be no different and there seems to be an opportunity for the Celtics to win the Eastern Conference this season. With conditions deteriorating in Cleveland, this opens the door wide open for a young, bright team like the Celtics to take over the conference. So let the games begin. The Celtics have shown in the past that they can handle just about any team thrown at them throughout the season and it seems likely that that they can certainly handle the Eastern Conference.

The addition of Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward should automatically help the Celtic’s offense to improve this year and the team can be expected to be dropping major points over the course of the year. The Celtics have a chance to compete for a championship in the near future with the amount of talent the team possess at this moment.

 

No team in the East besides the Cleveland Cavaliers really has the firepower to take down the high-flying Celtics this season, and it will likely stay this way for some time. The key to success for Boston is fixing their rebounding problem. The tallest player currently on the Celtics stands at only 6-foot-10, which allows for the team to potentially be out-rebounded many times throughout the course of a game. If the problem can be fixed, then Boston could likely be Finals-bound. Overall, the Boston Celtics should do very well this NBA season.

Projected Strengths: Offensive firepower, coaching ability, depth, ball handling.

Projected Weaknesses: Many new pieces, chemistry, undersized big men, youth, defense.

Projected record: 54 – 28

About The Author

Tye Hooker is an all-around NBA fan and aspiring sports journalist. He currently resides in rural Virginia.

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