Promise in the Garden


Gear up Celtics fans, it’s going to be another long season. Don’t get me wrong, I had fun rooting for our team to sneak their way into the Andrew Wiggins sweepstakes but it looks as though we’re going to have a long wait until we reach the glory days we experienced with Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and (ahem) Ray Allen. But that doesn’t mean there’s nothing to look forward to in the (possibly immediate) future. What appears most intriguing is the rebuilding of the Celtics brand as an elite entity.

We can already appreciate the fact that we have young studs like Avery Bradley and Jared Sullinger in the mix, and the newly drafted Marcus Smart and James Young should draw plenty of interest to the garden. Many questions are spinning around before the season even gets underway: can Sullinger be a consistent, elite power forward? Have we found someone to play center next to him? Has Bradley’s offense improved? How will Smart fit into the backcourt? Will Young’s raw athleticism translate into good performances in the NBA? Stay tuned this season to find out.

What is far more appealing, however, is the thought of what could happen in the next five years. The Celtics have stockpiled 9 first round draft picks over the next four drafts, some of which appear, at the moment, to be very promising. With such a treasure chest of assets the Celtics will be in a position where they will have some serious decisions to make. They could try to make like the Spurs and rebuild their team straight from the draft, but that wouldn’t be the Boston style. With a plethora of high-caliber free agents on the market in 2015 including Lamarcus Aldridge, Marc Gasol, and Al Jefferson (among others), and a knack for landing favorable deals, it’s safe to assume that Danny Ainge has something up his sleeve. But what? And how will Rajon Rondo, a figurehead of Boston sports for about half a decade now (also a free agent in 2015) fit into this puzzle? There are plenty of questions to be answered in the fight to reignite the fear that Celtic green once put in its opponents. Once again, stay tuned.

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