After coming agonizingly close to a third trip to the finals in five years last season, the C's have retooled in preparation for making another run with much of the same core that helped return the franchise to prominence over the past five years.
Still, as happens to all teams with title aspirations, the Celts will enter the season facing some true, legitimate challenges. Getting to the playoffs and advancing is tough enough. Actually winning a title increases that degree of difficulty exponentially.
With their preseason trip to Turkey and Italy only days away, it's time to take a closer look at what kinds of obstacles the C's will face in their efforts to raise an 18th banner to the TD Garden rafters next summer.
Here's a look at some of the challenges they may face.