It’s been a long season for the Boston Celtics and the offseason cannot come soon enough. Two weeks remain in the regular season, the C’s are already eliminated from the playoffs and fans have been ready for the end since January. I think it is safe to say that most fans have already checked out and circled June 26, the day of the 2014 NBA Draft.
It may be sad for some fans to see Boston out of contention for the first time since 2007, but this team is primed to have a successful offseason and be contenders once again in a short period of time.
Danny Ainge stripped down this roster when he traded the beloved Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett last summer, indicating he was ready to build this team from the ground up. The fans had prepared themselves for this moment for a long time, and it finally came. Yes it has been a painful and emotional overhaul, but Ainge has started the rebuilding process right by acquiring a plethora of future first-round picks and is in better position than most of the lottery-bound teams.
Boston currently has a guaranteed top-8 pick in this year’s strong draft, which could very well be a top-5 pick. They also have an additional top-20 pick and eight other first rounders over the next five seasons. They also have a few building blocks in Jared Sullinger, Kelly Olynyk and Avery Bradley, an expendable All-Star point guard Rajon Rondo and over $20 million coming off the books at season’s end.
The Celtics certainly have the most assets out of any team and are in the best position to make a big splash this offseason. A name many would be ecstatic to see on the back of a green jersey is Kevin Love‘s. Some say it is a pipe dream, but Boston is the best team in position to land the power forward. Or of course the Celtics could get lucky and find a star in the draft to build around and trade Rondo. The talented guard could either bring Boston their next championship or be traded for a nice package of young players and more draft picks.
I think everyone would like to see what Brad Stevens can do with a talented roster at his disposal. Celtics fans want to know what this guy does with a winning team.
Is it fair to expect the Celtics to be contenders again after one bridge year? Can a below-30-win team be turned into a top team in a year? Well, remember when Ainge turned a 24-win team into a 66-win, championship team? He did it once, and he can do it again.