Straight and simple: Defense and experience, with a hint of luck in between, allowed the Celtics to make the improbable recent postseason run. But a glaring lack of offense, speed, and rebounding ended up being too much of a burden for the Celtics to overcome. With the draft over, Danny Ainge can fully rectify this bleeding by tackling the next monster, free agency.
To better understand just how deficient the Celtics are in these categories, take a look at these statistics of the 2012-2013 season from ESPN.
|Points Per Game||Rebounds Per Game|
|26th Overall||30th Overall|
Keep in mind, there are only 30 teams in the association! With more than half of the team coming off the books, this is the perfect time to address these dire shortcomings that have plagued the Celtics for years. Ray Allen looks all but ready to bolt, and Rajon Rondo can't be the only speedster on the team.
The Celtics gameplan is predicated on team defense, which was able to transform paltry individual defenders like Allen and Pierce into critical components of a defensive juggernaut. With that said, Garnett deserves an ovation for preaching defense and changing the defensive genetics of this team.
Garnett is working on a contract to return to Boston for a couple more years, so here are some acquisitions that will surely help the Celtics recover from their most fatal shortcomings.