By acquiring Kristaps Porzingis and Jrue Holiday during the offseason, the Boston Celtics found themselves with four players, along with Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, who are all included in the top 100 players in the NBA according to ESPN. To make this star quartet — five if/when Derrick White starts getting that recognition himself — Boston.com’s Colin McCarthy believes the Cs are aiming to model themselves after the NBA’s last great dynasty, the Golden State Warriors.
“It seems the Celtics want to emulate (the Warrior’s) model,” McCarthy prefaced before saying, “Tatum and Brown have reached the finals once, but are still looking for the grand prize that’s alluded them. Having Porzingis and Holiday may give them their best chance yet at the title. Stats aren’t on their minds, a championship is.”
The “model” being referred to is the Warriors’ seamless integration of Kevin Durant into the one-time championship-winning core of Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green to bring two banners to the Bay Area. What made Golden State’s dynasty so enduring and one that will be remembered for generations is their ability to win before KD got there and then just two seasons after he left.
Kristaps Porzingis understands how Boston Celtics will successfully integrate four stars together
To Porzingis’s credit, the original marquee offseason addition before Holiday came around understands what it’s going to take for the Boston Celtics to successfully team up four top-tier talents like himself, Holiday, and the Jays.
“That’s the thing about being on a good team, everybody has to sacrifice a little bit,” Porzingis prefaced before saying, “That’s what you can see with this group. Everybody is willing to sacrifice for a bigger goal.”
With a roster that one can safely say has three No. 1 option-type players and two No. 2 types, the Celtics have to find ways to allow guys to shine when it’s their night while maintaining a strong team-first identity.
Only then can they reap the rewards teams like the Warriors have before them.