By Dave Daniels @AllDave_AllDay on August 4, 2014
The Boston Celtics were in lottery mode last season, but this year will be a much different story and might even find them in the playoffs if things shake out right. Rajon Rondo is possibly going to be traded, and it would also not surprise me to hear a little bit more Kevin Love talk before everything has settled down. Here are five reasons why the Celtics could be relevant once more in the 2014-15 season.
Marcus Smart may not be much of a shooter yet, but my favorite comparison to him is Russell Westbrook. That energetic point guard could not shoot much either when he got into the league, and we have all seen what the Oklahoma City Thunder superstar has been able to accomplish. Could Smart be the next great Celtic? Rondo hopes not.
Rajon Rondo could fetch quite a hefty price on the open market. Kevin Love might be out of the question at this point, but we still do not know who will become available as the summer progresses and more teams become desperate.
Brad Stevens coached last year's team to a respectable record, and I would not be surprised if he led the Celtics back to the playoffs next season. He is a basketball genius. We will have to see if that ends up proving true, but expect him to work some magic in the coming year much like he used to back at Butler.
Danny Ainge has proven to be a capable executive. He bottomed out the team when they needed to and came away with a capable player in Marcus Smart, but it will take more to get the Celtics back to a championship level. This summer will reveal if Ainge has any more cards up his sleeve.
"Celtic Pride" might be one of the worst movies ever made, but I still admit to watching it several times back in the 90s. The fans in Boston have always been supportive of their team, which should help the squad in the 2014-15 season and could even launch them to another playoff berth where they would fittingly be bounced by the Cleveland Cavaliers.
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