The 2019/20 season is set to be the 74th time that the Boston Celtics will compete in the NBA. Coming from a 49-33 record from last season which followed their being knocked out by the Bucks in the semifinals, Brad Stevens will be looking to make his 7th season as the head coach a remarkable one.
With what is considered a successful offseason for the Celtics after so much activity, this campaign looks to be impacted significantly by how efficient its starting center position is.
After Kawhi Leonard decided to move west by signing with the Los Angeles Clippers, the top three spots in the East are now up for grabs. It is the strong belief of avid supporters that this presents a fine opportunity for the Boston Celtics to break into the conference standings elite. But there's still work to be done to add that touch of finesse to bring this vision to fruition.
Lots of changes have taken place at Boston after the culmination of the 2018/19 season. While the likes of AI Horford as well as Kyrie Irving have moved on to other teams, the Boston Celtics have acquired Kemba Walker. In recent times, the C's continue to make the headlines.
The Celtics now have a starting mix with the likes of Gordon Hayward, Jaylen Brown, as well as Walker and Jayson Tatum. There is so much talent and potential to see this team measure up pound-for-pound with the competition. Zooming in on the starters, what seems to be the interest of analysts is the center position. Right now, all the odds are placed on Enes Kanter to clinch the starting position at the center. Even if Kanter has made strides as a top low-post scoring as well as rebounding big with about 11.9 PPG as well as 7.6 RPG, more is yet to be seen concerning his ability to stake a claim as a starter. In contrast with the other bigs that you can find in the conference, it becomes clear that this is one area where Boston doesn't measure up quite well. You’ve got the likes of Joel Ekbiid, Serge Ibaka, Brook Lopez, Nikolai Vukocevic, and more, all of whom Kanter does not really match up with. Even if the focus is usually placed on the point guard, it is a huge plus for a team to have a big with so much talent. Any real contender will have this as a booster.
Watching the Celtics live at TD Garden is bound to be an experience you won’t forget. A $100M renovation is set to be completed before the Celtics take the court this season, and will include a new arena entrance, new premium club space, new train station connection, a new bar, and lots more. It is the largest renovation in the stadium’s 23 year history, and should bring the stadium up to modern standards.
This new season will be one of the tests which the Boston Celtics must stand up to and prove that they are tough. They will be competing against the very best teams that the conference has to showcase very early in their fixtures schedule. The very first game will see the C's line up in Philadelphia against former man AI Horford. The fans will expect to see more and when February comes, they'll be on the long hard road where they have to face the Western Conference teams. By that time, it is hoped that the team will have developed its identity.