The Boston Celtics have yet to name a team captain since the Rajon Rondo trade in the 2014-15 season. The captaincy is a Celtics tradition dating all the way back to 1950 when Bob Cousy held the title. Ever since then, the Celtics have always had a player designated as the primary leader of the team. However, should head coach Brad Stevens decide to name one player on the current roster captain even though there are many who are deserving?
Naming a captain is a very important move for a team to make. Especially on a contending team, making one player the overall leader can be risky. The Celtics have numerous players on the roster that could be named captain. This is the most likely reason Brad Stevens and the rest of the coaching staff have held off on the move.
Typically, captains are named on teams that are that the beginning stages of building a winning team. For example, Rondo was given the title the season following the departure of Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce. At that point, the Celtics did not really have an identity yet, and made Rondo the captain to lead the team in the right direction.
In this case, the Celtics are a contending team with a lot of talented players on the roster. I would say there are about four guys that could make a case to become the Celtics next captain.