The 1986-1987 Boston Celtics is considered one of the greatest teams of all time. During that season the Celtics sent out a starting lineup of Danny Ainge, Dennis Johnson, Larry Bird, Robert Parish, and Kevin Mchale; a roster filled with Boston Legends and all-time greats.
As we begin this season the current Cs roster may have a starting five that can rival the 1986-1987 team — one that likely includes a starting five of Derrick White, Jrue Holiday, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, and Kristaps Porzingis.
What is even more terrifying for the NBA as this season approaches is that besides the fact that these are all good to great NBA players, they are all in their prime together. It’s very possible this can be the Celtics starting five for more seasons to come.
2023-24 Boston Celtics must deliver what the 1986-87 team didn’t
When you look at the 2023-24 starting five they are sending out a roster with four players who made an All-Star game in their career. If this team lives up to their expectations and dominates the NBA, then most of their starting five are represented in the All-Star game this year as well.
It is a legitimate possibility that we may be looking at a Celtics team that is starting four potential Hall of Famers.
This historic franchise has had so many amazing lineups in history, and we may be about to see a starting five that for the next few seasons is capable of rivaling them all. Hell, we may be at the start of a new Celtics dynasty if everything breaks right for this franchise.
Just like so many look up to the Boston Celtics of the past, we may see a new generation looking up to the Celtics we have today for bringing multiple Championships to the great state of Massachusetts and the wonderful city of Boston.
When it is all set and done, the current Celtics starting five has a chance to be on the same level as the 1986-1987 team’s starting five.