John Schuhmann has the new power rankings up on NBA.com. He ranks the Celtics 5th after Lakers, Cavs, Magic and Spurs. He includes this little blurb about the Celtics:
The addition of Rasheed Wallace makes the Celtics' frontline more intimidating than it already was. But more important to their quest for another title are the health of Kevin Garnett and the psyche of Rajon Rondo. You have to wonder about both.
I find it amazing that even the Spurs are ahead of the Celtics and they have the same problems with aging stars as the Celtics do, but Parker, Ginobili, and Duncan, especially have been plagued with injuries and so that has to be a concern. I just don't see Richard Jefferson putting them ahead of the Celtics.
It is fine with me that the Celtics are flying under the radar and being underestimated. They were constantly ranked behind the Lakers in 2007-08 also. But now, they are being ranked behind 4 other teams. It is really hard to believe that there are 4 teams better than the Celtics with a healthy KG. Yes, we have yet to see KG play but all reports say that he is doing great and will be 100% by camp. And, he will be more motivated than ever after missing the last half of the season and the playoffs last year.
I don't worry about Rondo's psyche. The kid can play and I think the reports of attitude problems are just rumors that got blown out of proportion. Rondo will be fine and will be even better than last season. But if the so called experts want to underestimate the Celtics, that is great. The favorites are always the targets of every team they play. I'd rather be the underdog and sneak up on teams.