All good things must come to an end. For the Boston Celtics, it's about to be their six-season steak of avoiding the lottery.
The Celtics will not make the playoffs this season. They're 19-37 with the NBA's fourth-worst offense, fifth-lowest winning percentage and seventh-lowest net rating. The roster is mostly composed of below-average talent, with no true center and, before Rajon Rondo returned from injury, no capable point guard.
In short, they are not good. But that doesn't mean the team is void of optimism. Boston is rebuilding in the smartest way possible: The team is loaded with first-round draft picks, a few skilled youngsters and cap flexibility.
Let's take a look at a few other reasons why the Celtics shouldn't sweat their struggles this season. These points are ranked by what's most likely to facilitate a brighter future.
Note: Stats courtesy of NBA.com/Stats.