Boston continues their nice offseason with the addition of veteran guard Courtney Lee. Although they lost Ray Allen, they countered that by signing Jason Terry. Priority number one was Kevin Garnett, and they also extended forwards Brandon Bass and Chris Wilcox. The Celtics got bigger by drafting Jared Sullinger and Fab Melo, while picking up swingman Kris Joseph in the second round.
When you about it, the aging Celtics team that took the champions in South Beach to seven games in the Eastern Conference Finals, well they got younger and bigger. Size appears to be the only thing Miami lacks, and the Celtics shored up their front line with a even deeper bench. Not saying that Avery Bradley would have taken this team to the finals, but his injury left the team without shooting guards when you factor in Ray Allen’s low minutes. Injuries are part of the game, but it would have been interesting to see Dwyane Wade struggling with a healthy Bradley in the lineup.
Nonetheless, Boston rose to the top of the Eastern Conference besides age and durability concerns. Doc Rivers is a top coach in this league, and this squad is not going away. At least not next season. Paul Pierce is still clutch and Garnett played at a high level. Rajon Rondo put Boston on his back last year and elevated his game to another level. Yes, he is an elite defender, but also an elite point guard. Arguably, they have had the best offseason in the NBA thus far.
Here is their projected rotation for next season:
Starters: Rajon Rondo – Avery Bradley – Paul Pierce – Brandon Bass – Kevin Garnett
Reserves: Jason Terry – Courtney Lee – Kris Joseph – Jared Sullinger – Fab Melo