NBA Preview 2016-17: Boston Celtics

The NBA season is right around the corner. That means it’s time to take a closer look at each individual NBA team and predict how they will do this season. So strap in….it’s the ULTIMATE SPORTS BLOG’S 2016-17 NBA PREVIEW!!!!

 

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Record Last 10 Seasons: 48-34 (2016), 40-42 (2015), 25-57 (2014), 41-40 (2013), 39-27 (2012), 56-26 (2011), 50-32 (2010), 62-20 (2009), 66-16 (2008), 24-58 (2007)

Last Playoff Series Appearance: 2016 First-Round vs. Atlanta Hawks

Last Playoff Series Win: 2011-12 Conference Semifinals vs. Philadelphia 76ers

Last NBA Finals Appearance: 2009-10 vs. Los Angeles Lakers

NBA Championships Won: 17


 

Head Coach:

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Brad Stevens

Overall Record: 113-133

Record With Team: 113-133

Playoff Record: 2-8


The Squad:

Starters:

PG: Isaiah Thomas (22.2 PPG, 6.2 APG, 3.0 RPG, 21.54 PER)

SG: Avery Bradley (15.2 PPG, 2.1 APG, 2.9 RPG, 13.25 PER)

SF: Jae Crowder (14.2 PPG, 1.8 APG, 5.1 RPG, 15.85 PER)

PF: Amir Johnson (7.3 PPG, 6.4 RPG, 1.1 BPG, 16.03 PER)

C: Al Horford (15.2 PPG, 7.3 RPG, 1.5 BPG, 19.46 PER)

Bench:

Marcus Smart (PG), Kelly Olynyk (C), Jaylen Brown (SF), Terry Rozier (SG), Jonas Jerebko (PF), Gerald Green (SG), Tyler Zeller (C), Demetrius Jackson (PG), Jordan Mickey (PF), James Young (SF), R.J. Hunter (SG)


Team Leaders (last season):

Points Per Game: Isaiah Thomas (22.2)

Rebounds Per Game: Jared Sullinger (8.3)

Steals Per Game: Jae Crowder (1.7)

Assists Per Game: Isaiah Thomas (6.2)

Blocks Per Game: Amir Johnson (1.1)

Turnovers Per Game: Isaiah Thomas (2.7)


The Prediction:

49-33

I like what the Boston Celtics bring to the table. They were one of the surprise teams of last season and they should continue to improve going forward. I absolutely loved the addition of Al Horford in the off-season. Horford’s career is winding down, but he’s still a very effective NBA player and if the Celtics have any kind of post-season success this season…it will likely be because of his addition to the team. I know head coach Brad Stevens doesn’t have the best coaching record since joining the NBA, but the guy is a damn good ball coach and continues to grow every year. The legend is real folks. There’s a reason Bostonians love this guy and the rest of the world is going to find out real soon why.

So what should we honestly expect from this team? It wouldn’t shock me at all to see the Celtics flirt with the 50-win mark and make it to at least the second-round of the playoffs. Like I said earlier, they were one of the surprise teams of last season and in my opinion, they got better in the off-season. Watch out for this team people. They could end up being one of the most dangerous teams in the Eastern Conference.

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