The hometown heroes of Boston. The rivals of the L.A. Lakers. The team that challenges every single NBA team. The Boston Celtics are one of the most dominant teams in the NBA. They have the best record in the Eastern Conference, and they also held a 16 game win streak in October, the longest win streak in the 2017-18 NBA season.
The Celtics roster is still extremely stacked with talent even if they have been missing one of their key members, Gordon Hayward, from the opening minutes of their first regular season game. Their point guard, Kyrie Irving, is one of the most dominant guards in the league, and Marcus Smart is one of the top shooting guards in the league. They also drafted two top three rookies, one in 2016 and another in 2017—small forward and shooting guard Jaylen Brown and power forward and small forward Jayson Tatum. Lastly, there is top 10 power ranking center Al Horford, filling Hayward’s expected role by continuing to be a veteran presence in the locker room and on the court.
The Celtics have been an extremely dominant team all 2017 and even going into 2018, but the real question is do they have what it takes to make it to the conference finals, or maybe the finals themselves?
Well now let’s start to break things down. We know that the trade for Kyrie Irving for Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic, a 2018 first round pick, and a 2020 second round pick has a better look for the Celtics than the Cleveland Cavaliers. With Irving alone they bring a major boost to their offense, causing havoc on the interior and perimeter side of the court. The big man Horford is still crashing the boards and taking the best shots that he can as a big man.
But don’t even think we’re counting out the rookies; Tatum and Brown are both some of the most helpful rookies on the team. These two average 62.6 minutes a game together and 28.1 points a game. Don’t even think we’re missing the bench players; there are so many talented players coming off the bench, like Terry Rozier and Smart. And on their defensive side, the Celtics have four players with some of the highest defensive rating in the league: Aron Baynes, Horford, Rozier and Tatum.
The Celtics have players who can dominate on both ends of the court. If they can keep up what they have been doing all year, they could be a conference title contender or even a NBA champion contender. They are showing great promise and still have a quarter of the season to go!