5 Biggest Takeaways from the Boston Celtics’ Season

5 Biggest Takeaways from Celtics' Season

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For the Boston Celtics, this season has been filled with surprises. Questions from the beginning of the year have been answered, and fans have been given a sneak-preview of the team's identity and the direction they are headed -- and where they hope to end up -- in the next few seasons. Here are the most important things we learned from the Celtics' 2013-14 campaign.

5. Boston Won the Paul Pierce Trade

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5. Boston Won the Paul Pierce Trade

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The trade that sent Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to Brooklyn was tough for any Celtics fan to stomach, but now, it seems like the C's front office may have made the right decision. Brooklyn -- who currently has the highest payroll in NBA history -- sits at just 33-31, placing them sixth in the East. Boston, at 22-45, is projected for a top-five lottery pick in a loaded draft this June and now own of three of the Nets' future first-round picks.

4. Jeff Green is not a No. 1 Option

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4. Jeff Green is not a No. 1 Option

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Prior to this season, Jeff Green was never forced into being a team's go-to scorer. His highest PPG average was 16.5 in his sophomore year, and that came playing alongside Kevin Durant. Now, Green has been asked to shoulder the scoring load for one of the worst offenses in the NBA. He has put up a solid mark of 17.2 points per game, but he's shooting a career-low 41.5 percent from the field.

3. Brad Stevens Can Definitely Coach

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3. Brad Stevens Can Definitely Coach

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Perhaps the biggest mystery heading into this season was Brad Stevens' ability to coach at the NBA level. Many college coaches struggle with their transition to the Association, and the Celtics had first-hand experience with this from their Rick Pitino days. At this point, there are few concerns with Stevens; he has earned the respect of his players and has already developed elite defensive schemes. Expect big things with Stevens at the helm.

2. Rondo Looks Just Fine Without Stars Around Him

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2. Rondo Looks Just Fine Without Stars Around Him

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Skepticism around Rajon Rondo was high heading into the year. His All-Stars had been traded, and it was unclear whether he could keep up a high level of play without elite talent around him. So far, he has looked better than expected for someone who missed almost a full year with an ACL tear. As per usual, his passing skills have looked stellar. Scoring-wise, there is room for improvement, but his jumper has looked better than in years past.

1. Danny Ainge is a Whiz

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1. Danny Ainge is a Whiz

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Trading Pierce, keeping Rondo and Green, drafting Kelly Olynyk, hiring Brad Stevens and making a couple of other trades to net Boston a few extra draft picks were all the doings of GM Danny Ainge. He has done his best to reduce the C's rebuild to just one season (barring a good draft pick), and Boston looks a year or two away from being seen as legit contenders once again. Hats off, Danny Ainge.

 

 

 

 

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