Now that Doc Rivers is coaching the Los Angeles Clippers, and Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce are battling on behalf of the Brooklyn Nets, very few people expect the Boston Celtics to see the type of success in 2014 that they experienced in the previous six years.
Brad Stevens is now the team's head coach, an intuitive 36-year-old who spent the past seven years at Butler University, where he lead the Bulldogs to two straight appearances in the NCAA Championship.
He's a coach built for basketball's information age, prone to implementing analytics into his game plans while simultaneously understanding that numbers aren't everything. Being that he has virtually no experience at the NBA level, it will be interesting to see what strategic decisions Stevens makes in his first season with the team.
Here are five bold predictions as to what he might end up doing, ranked in no particular order.