Boston Celtics: Analyzing the Team's Chances of Competing Against East's Elite

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Boston Celtics: Analyzing the Team's Chances of Competing Against East's Elite
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If the Boston Celtics ever make it back onto the Garden parquet floor for the 2011-12 (or just 2012) NBA season, how will the team stack up against the Eastern Conference’s elite squads?

It’s a semi-difficult question to assess for a two reasons. 

No. 1: the Celtics only have nine players under contract, so they need to add six in order to fill out their roster. 

No. 2: Their opponents have the same problem—they don’t have full squads, either.

Luckily, from an outlook perspective, this isn’t a strong year for free agency.  It just so happened to work itself out that way. 

So while the Tyson Chandlers, Nenes and David Wests of the world will be hot commodities when free agency hits, they won’t be the cornerstones of championship-caliber teams. This means that the best teams in the East already have their cores in place.

Here is a breakdown of how the Celtics fare against the top teams in the East based on the current rosters.

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