As the most decorated franchise in NBA history, the Boston Celtics are in unfamiliar territory. Most realistic Celtics fans understood 2013-14 would be a rebuilding season, and after a brief stay at the top of the Atlantic Division, it appears Boston is more interested in tallying ping-pong balls than wins.
Nevertheless, simply landing a top-five pick is not a magic elixir.
The Celtics need some semblance of a foundation to build off of, and this season is about weeding out which players are part of the future and which ones are simply placeholders.
Despite the meager win total, it appears Boston has unearthed a few keepers. Moreover, it appears the team-building process is in good hands, with Danny Ainge continuing to pile up picks and first-year coach Brad Stevens earning universally rave reviews.
The Celtics will almost certainly miss the postseason and suffer a losing record for the first time since the pre-Big Three era. However, here are a few developments that C's fans can hold on to as legitimate hope for the future.
All stats courtesy of NBA.com, accurate as of Friday, Feb. 6.