The NBA 30 in 30 is a look at each team as the coming 2013-2014 season approaches. This look reviews their current roster, last year's experience, new developments and a prediction as to where the organization will end at the conclusion of the upcoming year of NBA action.
Watching a favorite team take a step back is often a tough experience for a fan. Those who support the Boston Celtics should prepare themselves for a situation that they've seen before as the approaching 2013-2014 NBA season looms.
A new coach and a new roster await one of the most prominent teams in sports history. The night of the NBA Draft saw the last two pieces of Boston's “Big Three” get shipped away to their division rival in Brooklyn Nets leaving the team lacking in many different areas.
While Rajon Rondo has developed into one of the best point guards in the league, there is no time table for his return from an ACL injury that ended his time on the court this past January. His double-double ability in points and assists will be sorely missed in a team that will be looking for leadership from the very start.
The Celtics do have some bright spots when looking at this roster. Brandon Bass has become one of the hustle type players that every team needs on the floor. Jeff Green looks like he has returned to form from a heart condition that almost pushed him out of the league entirely. It would not be surprised to see him end this year with career highs in key statistical categories. Even though he had career lows last season, Gerald Wallace, has shown the ability to be a solid player in the NBA. The Celtics will need him to return to the way he played as a member of the Charlotte Bobcats; particularly that 2009-2010 season when he averaged double figure points and rebounds.
The Boston Celtics needed a late season push to make the post season this past summer. Unfortunately, they will need a lot more as this team will find itself playing out of a hole early in this coming season. Celtics fans should brace themselves for a long year as their favorite organization will not make the playoffs for the first time since 2007.
Expected Starting Roster with 2012-2013 Stats
Rajon Rondo, PG: 13.7 PPG, 11.1 APG
Jordan Crawford, SG: 11.6 PPG, 3.2 APG
Gerald Wallace, SF: 7.7 PPG, 4.6 RPG
Jeff Green, PF: 12.8 PPG, 3.9 RPG
Vitor Faverani, C: NBA Rookie
Expected Season Outcome:
12th in the Eastern Conference