Bleacher Report’s Scott Polacek finds it “hard to argue” with the marquee acquisition of the Boston Celtics offseason, former NBA Champion and five-time All-Defender Jrue Holiday, and his assessment that the Cs are the best possible fit for him to be part of another title run.
“It’s hard to argue with his assessment,” Polacek prefaced before saying, “After all, the Celtics have been to five of the last seven Eastern Conference Finals and reached the NBA Finals once during that span. They have not gotten over the hump to take home a championship, but having a veteran leader like Holiday who can impact the game on both ends could help change that.”
Acquired using two future draft picks, the reigning Sixth Man of the Year Malcolm Brogdon, and the heart and soul of the team’s rim protection the past several seasons, Holiday was the most all-in move of the offseason; especially considering Boston was paid a draft pick — one that’d later be used to land Holiday from the Portland Trail Blazers — to take on Kristaps Porzingis in the multi-team Marcus Smart trade.
Jrue Holiday a necessary piece for the Boston Celtics ahead of realistic potential Banner 18 season
As CelticsBlog’s Noa Dalzell pointed out before the Holiday trade, well, before both Holiday trades, was that Boston was facing an insurmountable task: winning a championship without the presence of a title-winner already on the roster.
“The reality, however, is that it’s really, really difficult to break through and win an NBA championship for the first time,” Dalzell prefaced before saying, “It’s that much harder when literally no one in your locker room has done it before.”
Brad Stevens answered the call and delivered the missing piece to a potential championship puzzle ahead of what is now the team’s most realistic Banner 18 chance since the end of the Big Three era.