Boston Celtics Last Years Record: 24-58 Key Losses: Al Jefferson, Gerald Green, Ryan Gomes, Delonte West Key Additions: Kevin Garnett, Ray Allan James Posey
1. What significant moves were made during the offseason? The most significant moves were trading Al Jefferson, Ryan Gomes and Gerald Green to pick up Kevin Garnett. Also, we moved picks and sent Szczerbiak, Delonte West to Seattle in order to acquire Ray Allen. Some other significant moves have been the signings of James Posey and Eddie House as well as Brandon Wallace. Current unguaranteed signings Esteban Batista and Dahntay Jones. Drafting Gabe Pruitt and Big Baby Glen Davis will also be significant pickups. However, having a 17 player Roster puts Boston over the limit, which means more changes are on the horizon.
2. What are the team’s biggest strengths? Our biggest strengths now appear to be rebounding, scoring, defense, and player depth. Adding the All-Stars Ray Allan and Kevin Garnett will make points easier for everyone especially Paul Pierce. As well as open up the court for other players to contribute. The additions of Kevin Garnett, James Posey, and defensive guru Tom Thibodeau should greatly improve our defense, along with the fact that Pierce is determined to concentrate on defense this season as well. At Center, Perk is looking to surprise a lot of people this season. With the addition of Batista to back him up, the center position is looking to be another strength over last year.
3. What are the team’s biggest weaknesses? One of our biggest weakness is still the Point, but this may not be an issue with Rondo's continued improvement and the addition of House as well as the Draft pick of Gabe Pruitt. Also, Tony Allen is also a tweener that could, but prolly will not, run the point. I would say our second biggest weakness is coaching since Doc hasn't proved himself in 8 years as head coach.
4. What are the goals for this team? The Goal of this team is a title! An appearance in the ECF after an injury filled season last year as well as the controversy over tanking to land the top Lottery spot is a must. With 3 All-Stars and a young crew full of talent, a title should be a considerably realistic one for the first time since Walker & Pierce brought us to the ECF vs NJ. If not this season, then next. We have all the horses to win it all this year if luck holds out and we stay healthy and mesh early.
5. Where do we stand amongst the East? Boston is as close to a lock for number 1 in the East as you can get. Detroit is still a force. Cleveland was the ultimate underdog and it still remains to be seen if they can repeat the past season performance. Chicago is also among the top EC teams, while Miami seems to have fallen sharply. Perk has to be able to be prove he is a legit Bigman as well as Rondo who is still unproven at Point. However, all things considered, I predict Boston silencing a lot of critics.