Finally, the NBA trade deadline has passed, the dust has settled, and we can now look at how teams' rosters have changed and how these changes affect the push to the playoffs, now only a few months away.
Amid a myriad of injuries, the Boston Celtics are looking to make themselves more competitive in the Eastern Conference. Battling with the Miami Heat for the top seed in the East, Boston shipped Nate Robinson and Kendrick Perkins to the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for Jeff Green and Naned Krstic.
Despite Perk returning from injury and Nate doing a good job temporarily filling Rajon Rondo's shoes earlier this season, Boston traded for an arguably more versatile player in Green. Averaging 15.2 points per game with the Thunder this year on a team dominated by Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, Green is a solid power forward who can shoot well from the outside as well as maintain a presence in the low post. However, the Celtics lose a big interior defender in Perk who matched up well against Andrew Bynum of the Lakers, and although undersized, managed Dwight Howard of the Magic.
Clearly, the important player in this trade is Jeff Green. He's clearly poised to be the most productive new addition to the Celtics. But how does his presence and the loss of Perk and Nate affect the Celtics on the way to, and their performance during, the Playoffs?
Here, I'll offer 10 predictions for the Boston Celtics for the rest of the season, especially in terms of how Jeff Green affects the team.