Though the fate of the 2019-20 season may still be up in the air, the 2020-21 season remains to be in full tact — though when it would start remains to be seen. We at the Houdini have high expectations for the Boston Celtics for when the league resumes and beyond.
After such a disappointing season that was 2018-19, the Boston Celtics clapped back with an impressive 2019-20 campaign.
Despite losing the likes of All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving, ole’ reliable big man Al Horford, backup point guard Terry Rozier and numerous other key rotation guys, the team managed to produce at an even higher level this season than they did the one prior.
Throwing out a starting-five of first year Celtic Kemba Walker, the recently benched Jaylen Brown, “sophomore-slumped” Jayson Tatum, the “let-down” Gordon Hayward and the unproven first year starter Daniel Theis, Brad Stevens managed to turn this team from being a massive question mark to a force to be reckoned with by the time of the COVID-19 induced hiatus on March 11th while subsequently shedding the labels on each of these aforementioned players.
By the time of the suspension, the C’s held a record of 43-21. They were ranked third in the Eastern Conference, fifth in the entire association and, with their victory over the Indiana Pacers on March 10th, were headed to their sixth straight postseason.
As we previously mentioned, the questions surrounding this new C’s core were seemingly everywhere. However, even with this, it did not stop media outlets from letting out some of their bold predictions for the team in the upcoming year.
To our delight, many of the more popular ones — such as Jayson Tatum becoming an All-Star, Boston ranking as a top-10 defense, etc. — did in fact become realities.
Though the remainder of the 2019-20 season is still up in the air — but recent reports suggest a potential return to action is gaining momentum — the 2020-21 season is still projected to be played, however times as to when things may kick off are still in question.
We can cover hypothetical scenarios for if/ when this season resumes all we want — and, believe me, we certainly will continue to do so. However, today we’re feeling the juices flowing about what next year have in store.
So, without further adieu, we present three way too early predictions for the Boston Celtics in 2020-21: