The Celtics have had a pretty active offseason in 2015 and have made many changes, which has improved the team. Although there may not have been as many game changing moves as we die hard fans like me would have liked to see, there still has been solid improvement for a team that already made the playoffs last season. First, the draft was a flat out disappointment. Drafting another undersized off guard in Terry Rosier still fails to make any sense, but this probably means one will be moved by the end of the season. R.J Hunter could be a decent pickup on the wing and can hit some threes, which would help space the floor if he’s given enough minutes.
Jordan Mickey could also contribute although I don’t imagine him getting a lot of minutes this season. The addition of Amir Johnson was definitely an underrated move. He will certainly be an upgrade over Brandon Bass. He is a more youthful option at power forward and offers more defense and rebounding than Bass. Jae Crowder who became a fan favorite was retained as well. As he continues to improve he will provide solid defense and athleticism on the wing. Expect to see him getting more minutes this upcoming season. Jonas Jerbeko was also resigned. I think this is also an underrated move seeing him with the Celtics for a full season will be interesting and I believe he can contribute on this team.
Trading for David Lee was a very crafty move by Danny Ainge. Lee is what I consider to be a game-changing move. This is a guy who has averaged 20 and 10 as little as two seasons ago. He will be the focal point of the offense next year and the teams starting power forward. The team will run plenty of plays though him and expect him and Isaiah Thomas to score most of the points. Adding a scorer like Lee was a must for a team that only had one great scorer last season (Thomas). He will also be in a contract year and has a lot to prove so I expect him to have his best season of his career.
Lastly, the Celtics signed Perry Jones III. This is also an underrated move with little risk, Jones was considered to be a top draft prospect back in 2012 due to his crazy athleticism some have compared him to the Greek Freak. Overall, I would’ve like to have seen more from Danny, but the addition of David Lee will catapult this team to a top five team in the Eastern Conference with a win total ranging from 45-47 and possibly a playoff series victory.
By Spencer Roush El_Spence_Man