2013 was a weird year for the Boston Celtics.
In the span of one calendar year, the most successful franchise in league history lost its star point guard to an ACL tear, lost to the New York Knicks in the first round of the playoffs, traded its two future-Hall of Fame forwards for draft picks and rotation players, replaced a championship head coach with a 36-year-old with no NBA experience and gave the keys of its offense to Jordan Crawford.
Despite all of that, the Celtics are actually in decent shape. They have one of the most exciting coaches in the game in wunderkind Brad Stevens and look well-positioned for the future thanks to the slew of draft picks they acquired from the Brooklyn Nets.
Even without Rajon Rondo, the C’s have managed to hold their own in a much weaker than expected Eastern Conference and could be in position to make the playoffs if the organization chooses to go that route.
They could also ship out a bunch of useful veteran rotation players and try to become a late entrant into the “Sorry for Jabari” sweepstakes.
Keeping in mind that this could be a team that spends 2014 playing to lose instead of to win, let’s look at six things we’d like to see from the Celtics in the new year.