In an off season where the Celtics parted with one of the members of their original trio of superstars and acquired many weapons to try and compensate, the verdict is still out on whether or not the Celtics are still a premier team in the NBA.
On paper, the Celtics have all the tools to contend.
They now have depth from the bench as well as a dominant point guard in Rajon Rondo to orchestrate the offense. Furthermore, they have their defensive anchor as well as interior post presence in Kevin Garnett.
Finally, in clutch situations, they still have their assassin in Paul Pierce.
However, in some circumstances, what teams have on paper don't necessarily translate well out on the court. One case of this was the Houston Rockets during the Yao Ming dynasty. A team headed by the duo of Yao Ming and Tracy McGrady never made any real waves as a contending team.
However, the Celtics have a proven core and their reloaded roster should push them back into the upper echelon of the NBA if they can overcome ten key obstacles.