However, if the Celtics hoped to fully accomplish that goal this season, there were a couple of glaring holes that needed to be addressed during the offseason.
First and foremost, there was the troubling fact that only four players would be under contract come July 1. The list of expiring contracts included several key players for the Celtics—Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, Brandon Bass and Jeff Green.
There was also the Celtics’ lack of depth at every position except point guard. Most noticeably at power forward and center.
With two first-round draft picks and a healthy amount of cap space, the Celtics were in prime position to address these needs and more.
The Celtics began by drafting Jared Sullinger (Ohio State) and Fab Melo (Syracuse) with their two first-round picks during the draft.
Sullinger directly addresses the team’s depth at forward. At 6’9”, 260 pounds, the former Buckeye adds another low post presence for the Celtics, as well as a solid rebounder.
Melo presents the Celtics with a true center. While the selection was viewed as a reach by many analysts, it only goes to show just how desperate the team was to ensure that they found depth at the position.
Next up, the Celtics brought brought back Garnett, Bass and Green, and re-signed Chris Wilcox to the veteran’s minimum.
While losing Allen and his perimeter shooting to the Miami Heat is definitely a blow to the Celtics, the return of Garnett and the others is sure to outweigh that.
The Celtics then decided to make a splash in free agency.
The team utilized their cap space by bringing in the likes of Jason Terry, Courtney Lee, Jason Collins and Darko Milicic.
Combine all of these moves together and the Celtics have had themselves one heck of an offseason.
Here are four ways head coach Doc Rivers will make the most out of these acquisitions.