The NBA season will be underway in less than a month with Training Camp starting at the end of September. The Boston Celtics have made improvements and will be looking to escape that first round they’ve been stuck in for the last two seasons. There are many questions that will surround the Celtics all season but with the start of camp, let’s dive into what the Celtics must make clear before their season opener.
Can They Count On Amir Johnson
The Celtics are still in the hunt for a power forward. Until then they will go with Johnson as their starter. Johnson averaged seven points and six rebounds in 78 games in 2015. Due to the depth the Celtics had in the post, Johnson only averaged 23 minutes and five FGA per. If the Celtics are to make any noise in the East they will need better production from their veteran big man. The only issue that may come is he and Al Horford both tend tto drift away from the post and force shots from the perimeter. One must stay down for offensive rebound opportunities.
Who will replace Evan Turner
Turner may not have made the All-Star team but his production and versatility for the Celtics helped them reach the playoffs the last two seasons. But with Turner now in Portland, someone will need to step up and fill that void. Can rookie Brown be that player? This will be a tall order for the young kid to replace Turner’s production but if he can’t then Marcus Smart and R.J. Hunter will look to see their roles increase.
Are They Real Contenders
Yes. The Celtics may not have made it past the first round the last two years but if experience is key to winning, they have what they need now. I expect them to make a move for Nerlens Noel which would put them right where Cleveland is. The Celtics don’t need a superstar, what they have is better. If you were to go down the roster from 1-12 they Celtics are loaded and versatile on both sides of the ball. They have the guards that can score at will in Thomas and Bradley and the frontcourt can score, rebound and defend. The Celtics may very well find themselves in the Finals.