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Boston will be expecting big things out of Green in 2013-14.
Believe it or not, Boston’s roster is no joke.
From the opening tip of the season, Jeff Green should be getting most of the headlines. It’s an honor he certainly deserves.
After a subpar start to the year, the 27-year-old picked up his play, averaging 19.3 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.1 blocks over the Celtics' final 16 games of the regular season. He was even better in the playoffs, posting 20.3 points and 5.3 rebounds in six contests during the team’s first-round loss to the New York Knicks.
Now, with the small forward position all to himself, Green should continue his ascension into NBA stardom.
Boston will also be expecting a turnaround out of Avery Bradley.
Following surgery on both shoulders last summer, the 22-year-old missed the team’s first 30 games of the season. When he returned, Bradley struggled with his shot, averaging just 9.2 points on 40.2 percent shooting.
With another summer of rest, the Celtics are hoping Bradley can return to form this year. More specifically, the form he ended the 2011-12 season in, when he averaged 15.1 points on 52 percent shooting (54.5 3PT%) in 15 games during April.
The team also returns last year’s first-round pick in Jared Sullinger. Throw in this year’s choice, Kelly Olynyk—on the heels of a terrific summer league performance—and Boston has a young frontcourt that should provide some optimism for the future.
And this is without even mentioning Rajon Rondo, who is expected to return in December after recovering from a torn ACL.