Well would you look at that. It’s finally the start of training camp.
What an exciting offseason. Lets do a quick recap to refresh everyones memories…
- Celtics finish regular season 53-29
- Celtics get No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference
- Lose to Cavs in 4-1 in Eastern Conference Finals
- Celtics get No. 1 pick (Brooklyn Pick) in 2017 NBA Draft
- Trade No. 1 Pick to 76ers for the No. 3 and future first round pick
- Celtics draft Jayson Tatum with the No. 3 pick
- Celtics sign Gordon Hayward
- Celtics trade Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and next years Brooklyn pick to Cavs for Kyrie Irving
- Kyrie Irving (Trade with Cavaliers), Gordon Hayward (Signed), Jayson Tatum (Duke), Marcus Morris (Trade with Pistons), Semi Ojeleye (SMU), Aron Baynes (Signed), Guerschon Yabusele (France), Shane Larkin (Signed), Abdel Nader (G-League), Jabari Bird (Cal), Daniel Theis (Germany), Kadeem Allen (Arizona)
With so many new players and Brad Stevens’ belief in not needing the traditional 5 position lineup, the Celtics starting 5 could go a variety of different ways throughout the season. Here is my prediction for the Celtics starting lineup for opening night.
- PG: Kyrie Irving
- SG: Marcus Smart
- SF: Gordon Hayward
- PF: Marcus Morris
- C: Al Horford
Now I know there are better players that could be thrown in there as well like Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum, but they are both still very young and still have some work to do before they become everyday starters. I do believe, however, Jaylen Brown could be switched in for Marcus Smart or Marcus Morris. For now, this seems to be the opening day lineup for the Boston Celtics.
1st Place in Eastern Conference
I think it is pretty safe to say the Celtics got better this year. Adding All-Star players to the squad, drafting a top 3 talent from Duke with massive upside potential, along with Al Horford, Jaylen Brown, and Marcus Smart, this looks like a top team in the league. One of the minor complaints for this Celtics team is we lost our deep bench that we used to pride ourselves on for the past couple of seasons. Although that may be true, we made up for it in top tier talent. Now obviously there is going to be an adjustment period to start the season, so don’t expect these guys to come out firing in the first few games of the season. Most of these “big 3” teams tend to take a little longer to get adjusted to their new teammates and setting, but rest assured this team will be able to adjust to their new setting early and play to their full ability. This team has gotten much better than they were last year, which makes sense to predict them to take the number 1 seed in the Eastern Conference once again with a regular season record of 56-26.