Predicting Boston Celtics Starting Lineup for 2013-14 Season

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Predicting Boston Celtics Starting Lineup for 2013-14 Season
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There no longer is any doubt as to what direction the Boston Celtics are headed following the departures of Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce.

President of basketball operations Danny Ainge and the Celtics' front office made it clear that they are entering a full rebuilding mode by signing former Butler coach Brad Stevens to a six-year, $22 million contract, according to ESPN.com.

The 2013-14 season might look bleak, especially since the Celtics have not been players in free agency, but it will give the team the opportunity to assess its current talent and see which pieces should stay for the long haul and which players the team should look to deal for future assets.

Though the blockbuster trade with Brooklyn made Boston a deeper team than they have been in recent years, it also knocked the Celtics firmly out of title contention. As a result, players like Jared Sullinger and Kelly Olynyk, who may have found themselves as nothing more than rotation players, will now have the opportunity to prove their true values to the organization with regular minutes of playing time.

Boston's starting five will look radically different without the familiar sights of Pierce on the wing and Garnett manning the paint, but with a young, up-and-coming coach in tow and a number of players who have yet to reach their ceilings, the Celtics are ready to begin a new era of basketball.

Barring any unexpected signings or radical trades, let's look at what the Celts' starting lineup should look like once the 2013-14 campaign tips off in October.

Statistics courtesy of ESPN and HoopData.

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