5 Things the Boston Celtics Need to be Considered Contenders

5 Things the Boston Celtics Need to be Considered Contenders

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It was a painful season for the Boston Celtics, one in which they finished as the not-so-proud owners of a 25-57 record. It was the Cs' first rebuilding season since 2006-2007, and it was just as heartbreaking as expected. The good news is that now, after a season of mediocrity, we are able to diagnose the problem areas for the Celtics, and as a result, pinpoint exactly where they need to improve to become contenders once more.

5. Increase Backcourt Depth

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5. Increase Backcourt Depth

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The first step for the Cs is to increase the depth of their paper-thin backcourt. Phil Pressey has proven to be a capable backup, but there are certainly better options out there, especially if he continues to struggle with his jump shot. Last season, Avery Bradley started at the off-guard position, but it seems more unlikely that he will be re-signed with each passing day. Even if the team does retain him, his health has been a constant issue.

4. Add Three-Point Shooting

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4. Add Three-Point Shooting

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Every contending team needs solid three-point shooting. Without floor spacing, it is tough to score against the trapping/rotating defenses many teams have started to employ, and often times the best shot against these defenses will be a corner three late in the shot clock. The Celtics have one of the best drive-kick players in the NBA in Rajon Rondo, and it only makes sense to put his skills to good use by pairing him with some weapons from deep.

3. Add Rim Protection

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3. Add Rim Protection

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The Celtics ranked 13th in the NBA in points allowed per game, but were 23rd when it came to opponent field goal percentage. The disparity comes from a lack of shot blocking. Boston ranked 24th when it came to fewest opponent points in the paint. The team was led in blocked shots by Kris Humphries, who swatted 0.9 shots per game. For a defensive-minded club, it is crucial that they find someone to protect the rim in the offseason.

2. Add Scoring

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2. Add Scoring

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The Celtics scored 96.2 points per game last season, a mark good for 26th in the NBA. Jeff Green, who averaged 16.9 points per game and shot 41.2 percent from the field, was widely considered the best scorer on the team. This year, that's got to change. The Cs will most likely have the fifth pick in a draft loaded with high-upside scorers, including Oklahoma State guard Marcus Smart, who should be available for them at the fifth slot.

1. Find Another Star

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1. Find Another Star

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No team wins championships with just one star. It doesn't happen. If Boston wants to become a real threat, it is going to need another big-time player to team up with Rajon Rondo. Rumors of Kevin Love being targeted by the Cs have been swirling around, and it isn't too far-fetched; the Celtics have some desirable assets they could offer up for Mr. Love. But, even if it's not Love, the Cs better get their hands on a star as soon as possible.

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