Additional Boston Celtics Info
The Boston Celtics, according to the numbers, are the most tradition rich team in NBA history., and the most successful team in the history of the four major American sports leagues. The Boston Celtics were founded in 1946, and haven’t stopped winning since. In total, the Celtics have won their division 21 times, most recently in 2012. They have won the Eastern Conference 21 times as well, most recently in 2010. They have won the NBA Championship 17 times, most recently in 2008. Of those 17 NBA Championships, 16 of them came before 1986. Of the 10 championships won the 1960’s, the Boston Celtics won nine of them. Bill Russell, Larry Bird, Bob Cousy, the list go’s on and on of NBA greats who have all suited up for the Celtics. Recently, the Celtics, stuck in some mediocrity in the 2000’s, made a pair of blockbuster trades. First they acquired Kevin Garnett from the Timberwolves, then they traded for Ray Allen. They paired the two together with Paul Pierce, forming the NBA’s first “big three”. This led to one NBA Championship and two Eastern Conference Championships.
The Boston Celtics under the tutelage of head coach Brad Stevens, have been one of the NBA’s better teams for quite a while now. Since 2008, they have only missed the playoffs one time and on three occasions they have reached the Eastern Conference Finals. Last season, they finished 49-33 which gave the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. In round one they swept the Indiana Pacers out of the playoffs. In round two their opponents, the top-seeded Milwaukee Bucks returned the favor, booting Boston out of the playoffs in five games.
After several pre-draft trades, the Celtics ended up with the 14th and 22nd selections overall, plus the Sixers first-round draft choice, 24th overall, hybrid guard Ty Jerome from Virginia. With their own pair of first-rounders, they selected guard/forward Romeo Langford from Indiana and forward Grant Williams from Tennessee. In free agency they made a big splash, signing point guard Kemba Walker away from the Hornets. Later on, in free agency they addressed their lack of big man depth, adding centers Tako Fall, Enes Kanter, and Vincent Poirier.
Is the star tandem of Gordon Hayward and Kemba Walker plus all of this young talent enough to beat their divisional rivals? If the answer turns out to be no, they could flip some of this young talent at the trade deadline.