The Boston Celtics currently look like the powerhouse team in the NBA. Boston became obnoxiously loaded when they added Jrue Holiday and Kristaps Porzingis to join forces with Derrick White, Jayson Tatum, and Jaylen Brown. Over the first few games with the team, they have had different players lead the team in scoring just because they have so much elite talent in their starting five.
Many traditionalists believe that an NBA team needs a true number one option to be a champion. With the current construction of the Boston Celtics, though that is not the case.
The Cs currently have three players in their starting five who can be No. 1 options — since on any given night Porzingis, Brown, and Tatum can take over a game. Boston’s firepower is so strong they can just feed the hot hand on any given night. When your fourth and fifth options on offense are Holiday and White, you have five players that can score 25 on any given night. That gives the Celtics the luxury to play freely and let the game come to them as opposed to trying to feed one player that most teams would potentially double anyway.
And it also means the Boston Celtics don’t need what nearly every title team has ever, outside of the 2003-04 Detroit Pistons: a defined No. 1 option.
Boston Celtics have a problem every team should want
Right now, the Celtics have a problem that any other team in the NBA would love to have. The number one option that traditionalist would look for is unclear, but that is because they have so much firepower in their first five that most teams will not even be able to gameplan for their team.
The best part of all of this is if this collection of elite talent stays together, they can run by committee on a nightly basis on their way to multiple NBA Championships.