The Boston Celtics will enter the 2014 – 2015 season looking to make the difference. After a season in which the team performed a couple of blockbuster deals, which took away core members of the team but also gave a hope for a better future to the C’s. So how will the Boston Celtics look like next season? Let’s see.
The Boston Celtics can be certain about two out of their five positions in the starting lineup. Rajon Rondo will be the starting point guard and the center piece around which the C’s will build. The Celtics hope to have their superstar point guard at his 100 percent, because Rondo was not as dominant this season as he was prior to his injury.
Jared Sullinger will be the starting power forward of the C’s next season. Sullinger proved that he has tons of potential when he is healthy. He is a very versatile big man who averaged 13.3 points and 8.1 rebounds per contest in the 2013 – 2014 season.
The Boston Celtics will need to find some upgrades at the shooting guard, small forward and center spots. There are lots of options available for Boston. They could trade away Jeff Green to get a solid center like Greg Monroe in exchange. Green was involved in numerous trade discussions earlier into the season and Monroe seems to be a good fit in the C’s mix.
Normally, the Boston Celtics played Avery Bradley at the shooting guard spot, but since Bradley will be a restricted free agent this summer, he might be too expensive for Boston to re-sign. So the C’s could end up turning towards a player like Gordon Hayward, who has strong ties with the Head Coach of the team, Brad Stevens. Hayward could be a great contributor when it comes to scoring and also spacing the floor and he seems to be a good fit alongside Rondo. Finally, the C’s could draft a small forward using their first – round pick in the upcoming draft.
The C’s hope to find some solid contributors off the bench next season, too. Thankfully, the big fat contract of Kris Humphries expires this summer and that means that Gerald Wallace, Brandon Bass, Kelly Olynyk and most probably Jarred Bayless will form the main reserves’ tank.
Of course, what Danny Ainge targets to is not the next season but a better long – term future instead. The Celtics hold a bunch of draft picks over the next four years and this means Celtics fans should be patient and have faith to Ainge’s plans.
Don’t expect the Boston Celtics to contend for the title next season. In fact, you could expect to see them failing to even make it to the playoffs. However, Celtics fans can now start seeing that the team is gradually finding its way. They can see the light at the end of the tunnel. Hopefully, the team heads towards that direction over the next few years.