The Celtics are another NBA team that didn’t quite have enough to compete with the Miami Heat this season, and they are trying to reload their roster for one last run at a title. They have had multiple pieces added and subtracted, so let’s take a look at what the 2012-2013 Celtics will look like, and whether they look like a team that can compete with the Heat in the Eastern Conference. The Celtics aren’t getting a lot of love from NBA odds makers, but that might change soon.
The Celtics–as they normally do—started with the draft to improve their team. They had back-to-back picks in the first round, and they got two good and young big men. They got the undervalued Jared Sullinger and a good defensive center in Fab Melo. Both will have solid frontcourt roles backing up Kevin Garnett and Brandon Bass, who both re-signed.
The Celtics did lose Ray Allen to the Heat, but they have been trying to trade him for almost two seasons, so that doesn’t surprise me that much. However, they did add Jason Terry, who will fill that void nicely. They also were able to bring back Jeff Green, who had his season shortened last year because of a heart condition. If he and the rest of the Celtics can come together this is a team that can beat Miami. I can say that with confidence.
They still have some holes to fill. Green hasn’t officially signed, but it looks as if he will. Boston could still use some help at shooting guard, and they might need a back up point guard. They have been getting good play in the summer league from young guys, so that may fill those needs. Either way, Boston should be looked at as almost as big a favorite to win the East as Miami.