Boston Celtics made bold moves during the offseason, after a disappointing 2020-21 campaign, that ended up with a first-round exit in the playoffs.
ESPN’s Bobby Marks explained how the Celtics might have become a Top-4 team in the Eastern Conference, after their moves in the offseason.
“I’m going to say the Boston Celtics are going to be a top-four team in the Eastern Conference. Milwaukee, Brooklyn, Miami, and Boston. Not sure on the order. I’m sorry Sixer fans, I think we’re heading into team turmoil this year, and I’m not putting all my eggs in a Sixers basket. I think people are sleeping on the Celtics, I think they’re under the radar.”
The ESPN’s cap specialist broke down Brad Stevens’ moves as the president of basketball operations in Boston. Stevens, who replaced Danny Ainge this summer, experienced his first offseason running the team’s front office.
“They had really no flexibility here. (Kemba) Walker for (Al) Horford, Marcus Smart extension, Josh Richardson extension, Schroder for the tax mid-level (exception), the (Kris) Dunn/ (Bruno) Fernando trade — we’ll see where those guys go — Robert Williams extension, Ime Udoka as their head coach, Brad Stevens has done a really good job,” Marks explained.
The Celtics will need to prove they are a different team under new head coach Ime Udoka, while they have to remain healthy in order to be in the upper echelon of the Eastern Conference in the upcoming season.