Despite what their current nine game win-streak may infer, the Boston Celtics are by no means the prototypical”perfect unit.” Though it may be safe to assume there will be roster shakeups as the season progresses, these are three players the team should refrain from acquiring.
Thus far into the early stages of the 2019-20 NBA season, the Boston Celtics appear to be the hottest team the association has to offer. They are the current holders of the league’s best record at 9-1 and find themselves in the midst of a nine game winning streak.
The team ranks seventh in points-per-game with 116.1, lead the league in offensive rating (113.8) and are 12th in defensive rating (104.7). They also have four players (Kemba Walker, Jayson Tatum, Gordon Hayward and Jaylen Brown) currently averaging 19+ points a night, with Walker seeing as many as 25 points per game.
To put things in layman’s terms: the Boston Celtics have been flat out balling during the first month of this NBA season. Saying the team is outperforming their preseason expectations would be quite an understatement.
With the way they’ve been dominating, coupled with a not-so-menacing string of games to come — 12-20 record combined between the Warriors, Kings and Suns — it is a very realistic possibility the Celtics can even extend their winning streak well into double digits.
Fans of the organization certainly deserve to be proud and confident about their team’s potential in 2019-20. However, even with this in mind, it must be stated, the team can by no means be considered a “perfect unit.”
Despite their core four — and Marcus Smart — playing “lights out” for Boston, there are a few areas of concern in the rotation that could, in theory, hurt their chances of legitimate title contention in 2019-20.
Like most teams around the league, the Celtics could find themselves making moves and acquiring players to help better themselves for a deep run in the postseason. However, with the way things are currently going, messing with the rotation and interrupting their flow could severely damage the team’s running success.
Though Danny Ainge has proven himself to be one to make drastic, daring and posh moves throughout his 16 years in Boston’s front office, now more than ever, he must strongly consider how the addition of a certain player could impact, not just this season’s hopes, but the hopes of their seasons to come.
With this in mind, here are three players the Boston Celtics should refrain from acquiring in 2019-20.
(**Note: article was scheduled prior to last night’s Carmelo Anthony/ Trailblazers signing**)