The Celtics are sitting in a pretty good spot for the upcoming season. Danny Ainge wasted no time after losing Brandon "no pass" Bass and dealt Gerald Wallace for David Lee.
But D-Lee is coming off one of the worst seasons, statistically, of his career. Although his minutes took a hit and he was banged up and played only 49 games last season, he isn't the same guy he was for the Knicks. But the C's shouldn't worry too much about D-Lee as they do have some players ready to make big jumps next season.
Celtics fans got signs of good things to come from Jae Crowder last year. After a trade that appeared to be one-sided with Dallas getting Rondo and Boston getting a lot of bench guys, Crowder played very well with Boston. His overall play seemed better than his 9.5 ppg last season. I believe he'll take his increase in minutes and take off.
My Prediction: 15.4 PPG 4.5 RPG 2.0 APG
Hard to believe the Celtics almost took Julius Randle over this guy. Marcus Smart was, at times, one of the best players in Boston last season. His defense is stellar and his three point shot became a part of his arsenal down the stretch of last season. A backcourt with him and Avery Bradley could really give teams fits next season. Smart averaged 7.8 PPG in his rookie season that had ups and downs with minutes and health. In his second year, expect Smart to improve big time.
My Prediction: 18.2 PPG 4.1 APG 3.6 RPG
How the Celtics got him and Gigi Datome for Tayshaun Prince beats me. I love Jonas Jerebko's game and think he'll be a big, pleasant surprise for Boston this upcoming year. He is a 6 foot 10, stretch 4 who can knock down the 3, run the floor, pass, rebound, drive, and hit his FTs. He's kind of like a second Tyler Zeller, in terms of work ethic, not skill. You never have to worry about him not hustling. JJ averaged 7.1 PPG with Boston off the bench. He isn't going to be unbelievable because he is still going to come off the bench, but he will certainly contribute.
My Prediction: 9.5 PPG 7 RPG 3.5 APG
The Celtics, overall, aren't ready to be a legitimate threat in the East but they are likely a 6 seed in the weak conference. For the 3rd year of a rebuild, they still are a superstar away from a 3+ seed.
My Prediction: 43-39 6th in the East
By Jordan Leandre @JordanLeandre55