NBA 2020-21: The Boston Celtics have been one of the most powerful franchises in the Eastern conference since Brad Stevens took over as head coach in 2013. They have endured a rebuilding method in the past few seasons. It looks like Brad Stevens finally has a team that could go deep in the playoffs this season.
The Boston Celtics are one of the most recognized franchises in the NBA. They are now tied with the LA Lakers for the most Championship titles (17).
Boston has a strong core of young players who could take them deep into the playoffs. Even after losing Gordon Hayward, Boston can put full faith in Jayson Tatum who recently signed a max contract.
Possible starting 5 for the Boston Celtics
Kemba Walker underwent a knee injury and is still in rehabilitation. It is possible that we do not see him as a starter during the starting games. Although, Brad Stevens would prefer him in the starting 5.
However, the Boston Celtics signed veteran Jeff Teague. He will take up some of Walker’s minutes. The Celtics will be determined to keep Kemba Walker fit. Going into his 10th year in the league, he shows no signs of letting up.
The 6ft guard averaged 20 points,4.8 assists, and 3.9 rebounds for the Celtics last season. He also shot 42.5% from inside the arc and 38.1% from outside.
Marcus Smart was the Celtics’ sixth overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft. In a partnership with Walker in the backcourt, Smart is not really engaged in controlling the offense but is centered on being one of the league’s best defenders.
Smart was named in the NBA’s all-defensive team of the year for the second continuous season. He averaged 1.7 steals per game.
He also produced 12.9 points and 4.9 rebounds last season.
Jaylen Brown is another young star who has the potential to become a leader for the Boston Celtics. He averaged 20 points and 6 rebounds and was of big help to Jayson Tatum in converting high-percentage shots.
He grabbed 16rebounds and 31 points against the Raptors in Game 3 of the Conference semi-finals. Being just 24 years old, Brown has a bright future ahead of him. The Boston Celtics would love to see a trio of Tatum, Brown, and Smart.
Jayson Tatum is the Boston Celtics’ most impressive player. He is just 22 but led the Celtics in scoring with 23 points per game while also grabbing 7 rebounds per contest.
Boston Celtics were eager to retain his services as he signed a 5-year contract extension this offseason. They will surely build their side around their young star in the coming years.
Tatum also had an impressive performance in the Conference Finals as he averaged 26.5 points in their 6-game series with the Heat.
It will either be Thompson or Daniel Theis to start or come off the bench for the center position. Although, Thompson’s all-around qualities, expertise, and rebounding skills could see him get more minutes than Theis.
Thompson is an excellent rebounder. He has averaged 10 rebounds over the past two seasons. Thompson’s height gives him an edge over the 6″8′ Theis.