The 2012-13 Boston Celtics have championship aspirations. Therefore, it is only natural that we compare them to their 2007-08 title-winning predecessors.
A lot has changed in the years since the Celtics raised their most recent banner to the rafters of the TD Garden. Familiar faces remain in Rajon Rondo, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Doc Rivers, but virtually everything else has been rearranged.
If the Celtics are to legitimately challenge for the 2012-13 championship, they will need to stack up to the green of six seasons ago, even though a lot of players who had big roles in that playoff run have been replaced over the years.
The four remaining Celtics are surrounded by skilled new players and geared up to make a run for the trophy that has eluded them since the 2007-08 season.