The Celtics lost a key member of their original Big Three and added much-needed depth during the offseason. However, Boston is still a "Big Three" team, with Rajon Rondo seamlessly filling in the hole Ray Allen left.
Rondo, Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce make up the new Celtics' Big Three. While the new-look Celtics may suffer from growing pains, you can count on those three players to step up when necessary.
They each have their own prominent role on the team. Pierce is the captain and offensive leader, Rondo is the floor general, and Garnett is the intimidating presence on defense.
When Danny Ainge put together the 2012-13 Celtics, he built a team that would specifically make things easier for the Big Three. Jeff Green, Courtney Lee, Leandro Barbosa and Jason Terry are all capable of becoming offensive threats. Once they find their rhythm, they will take some of the pressure off the aging Pierce and Garnett. In addition, Rondo has more options to help him run the court.
The Celtics definitely have a more balanced team this year, but it will always start and end with Rondo, Pierce and Garnett.