Despite the Boston Celtics horrendous record of 19-35, believe it or not, that is probably quite a few more wins more than most people thought possible at the beginning of the season. Most of those wins came due to the Celtics surprising adequate play and record at the very beginning of the season. Obviously, reality set it in real quick, and the Celtics have been one of the worst teams in the league, since that decent start.
When looking at this season from the correct point of view, it has actually been quite successful. The Celtics brass know they are in for a tough rebuilding phase, and understand that they won’t be in contention for several years (even if everything goes there way), so accumulating losses helps them in acquiring as nice a drafting position come June. General manager Danny Ainge sold high on Jordan Crawford, who had no future with the Celtics, and was able to acquire draft picks in the process (as well as getting rid of useless Marshon Brooks). Ainge was also able to trade Courtney Lee for Jerryd Bayless, a move that frees up some cap space for the organization. These transactions might seem like nothing of significance, but these types of moves good really help in the future, with Ainge trying to acquire championship quality pieces.
Head coach Brad Stevens received his lengthy six year contract over the summer, with the front office giving him this type of contract, that showed faith in his abilities to transition from college hoops to the professional level, as well as acknowledging the time it might take to acquire the pieces in order for Stevens to earn a chance at contention for an NBA championship. This type of situation is actually ideal for a coach in the position that Stevens is in. If he was thrust into a team with championship dreams right off the bat, that might have been too much pressure for a coach that is as inexperienced as Stevens is at this level. He can learn on the job, without facing they type of pressure that comes with championship expectations. So far, Stevens seems to be impressing his coaching colleagues in the NBA, and going forward, he seems primed to be one of the best in the league.
All Star point guard Rajon Rondo has returned from his devastating knee injury from a year ago, and while he still hasn’t quite acclimated himself to his former level of play, he seems to be building up his endurance pretty rapidly. There will be rumors swirling until the trade deadline passes about the Celtics trying to unload Rondo for a bunch of draft picks, and some semi-useful players, and maybe some expiring contracts too. If Ainge could acquire several draft picks, and some competent NBA help right now for Rondo, it wouldn’t be surprising in the least if he pulls the trigger.
With the continued development of Jared Sullinger, Avery Bradley, and Kelly Olynyk, the Celtics have some interesting pieces going forward. Ainge just needs some more time to get rid of some of the useless pieces (Jeff Green) and turn them into assets, in helping the Celtics in the future.