Shouldering the loss of Ray Allen, Danny Ainge and the Boston Celtics front office have managed to put together one of the deepest teams the organization has seen in years.
Paul Pierce, Rajon Rondo and Kevin Garnett will surely bring their constant All-Star caliber play to the table, but it is the Celtics' wonderfully deep supporting cast that will allow them to contend with LeBron James and the mighty Miami Heat in one more Eastern Conference Playoffs bout.
A couple years ago, it would have been tough to see Allen's game declining quicker than Garnett or Pierce, but it was especially apparent during last year's playoff run—during which KG excelled—that Allen had lost a step.
In reality, Allen's departure would have been one of the better things to happen to the Celtics because it would allow them to get younger. Allen joining the rival Heat, however, made things slightly more complicated and all the more heartbreaking.
Let's take a look at the key additions.