The last time we saw the Boston Celtics, they were walking through the tunnels at the AmericanAirlines Arena, trying to figure out how a 3-2 lead in the Eastern Conference Finals slipped away from them.
Since then, the Miami Heat went on to win the NBA Finals, and the C’s brass—notably GM Danny Ainge—had to do a lot of soul-searching. Ainge eventually opted for a summer plan that would find his team somewhere in between rebuilding and preparing for yet another playoff run.
While the Celtics may not have the best roster on paper, no one gave this core group a puncher’s chance to take the Heat to seven games last year. This is a team that prides itself on proving doubters wrong and embracing the role of an underdog.
There are plenty of questions still surrounding the Celtics, and we’ll have to wait until the season tips off to find most of the answers. But keep reading to find out how the C’s roster was bettered via free agency this summer, what key piece they lost, the projected starting lineup and full depth chart, some strengths and weaknesses, a prediction for their final standing and much more.