The Boston Celtics finished last season right below .500 at 40-42. In the weak Eastern Conference, that is good enough for the 7th seed. Due to seeding they had to face the Cleveland Cavaliers in the first round. Celtics came pretty close very game losing by 13 in the first game, 8 in the second, 8 in the third, and 8 in the 4th. They were swept 4-0.
The Celtics future is bright. But I give my trending status for each team for next season. Another year of development for Marcus Smart, Kelly Olynyk, Jared Sullinger, and Tyler Zeller will help the Boston Celtics and the additions of David Lee and Amir Johnson will help them in the now. David Lee averaged 7.9ppg and 6.2apg in only 18.4mpg for the Warriors in the regular season. His minutes went down to 8.2mpg in the post season. Amir Johnson averaged 9.3ppg and 6.1rpg while shooting .574% in the regular season for the Toronto Raptors. Those stats all went up in the postseason as he averaged 11.5ppg and 7.0rpg while shooting .690% from the field.
Celtics have some more intriguing young talent. Isaiah Thomas could of been a Sixth Man of the Year winner. Really the Boston Celtics did not lose much. They lost veteran big man Brandon Bass to the Los Angeles Lakers but signed David Lee and Amir Johnson so that impact won’t be felt. Luigi Datome left overseas and they traded Gerald Wallace’s horrible contract away and neither of those were game changers for the Boston Celtics. I believe the Celtics will improve from last year but could possibly be pushed out of the playoffs with the improvement of both the Miami Heat and the Indiana Pacers. I still think the Celtics will be in the hunt for the #8 seed. Trending: upwards. My Power Ranking for the Boston Celtics for the beginning of the season is #19.