Boston Celtics 2016 Preview, Draft, Offseason Recap, Depth Chart, Outlook
Boston Celtics 2016 Preview
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The Boston Celtics have been bounced in the first round of the playoffs the last two years and hope to finally take that next step under Brad Stevens. The Celtics enter this year as one of the few contenders in the East.
Here is your 2016 Boston Celtics NBA preview.
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Key Player Losses: The Celtics lost two double-digit scorers in center Jared Sullinger and shooting guard Evan Turner. Sullinger is always a threat to post a double-double and Turner is coming off the best shooting performance of his career in which he shot 45.6 percent from the field. Turner now plays in Portland and Sullinger is in Toronto.
Key Player Additions: The Celtics made the major move by bringing in four-time All Star center Al Horford. At just 30 years old, Horford is still a highly productive player, as he’s averaged 15 or more points in four straight seasons and is a career 53.5 percent shooter. Horford will help open up the court and adds another offensive option to go along with Isaiah Thomas.
Draft: Jaylen Brown is a terrific athlete who could become a special player if he’s able to polish his game offensively. Brown will be the backup small forward immediately behind Jae Crowder. Guerschon Yabusele and Ante Zizic will spend time overseas improving their game. Demetrius Jackson will be on the bench quite a bit the next couple of seasons due to the Celtics depth at the guard positions.
Outlook: On paper, the Celtics are a top-three team in the East and have to think they’re a player away from seriously competing to reach the NBA Finals. The addition of Horford makes the Celtics intriguing, and this is a team that probably has a ceiling of making the Eastern Conference Finals. The Celtics should have their best season since 2011-12.