With their 2022 NBA season culminating in a loss to the Golden State Warriors, the Celtics are hungry and poised to reach the apex of basketball, hoping to bring banner #18 to Boston. After winning the Eastern Conference Finals, there is no doubt the Celtics can accomplish their goals this season as they got back most of their key roster pieces and added veteran Malcolm Brogdon who is already flourishing in his 6th-man role.
At the time of the writing of this article, the Celtics are 4-2, coming off a victory against the Washington Wizards. One of the main concerns coming into this season for the Celtics was the loss of head coach Ime Udoka, who was served a one-year suspension for violating team conduct. However, in just a short amount of time, interim head coach Joe Mazzulla has begun showing that he is capable of leading this championship-hungry team to stardom. Of the few underlying issues surrounding the Celtics, another concern has been the lack of big-man depth, with big man Robert Williams III out for at least eight weeks due to an offseason knee-surgery. With the absence of Williams, the Celtics turn to veteran Al Horford, newly-acquired Blake Griffin, Luke Kornet, and Massachusetts native Noah Vonleh to fill the void at the five-spot until RWIII is able to return.
In the first few games of the season, the young tandem of Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown has been outstanding for this Boston group, averaging 30.8 points per game and 25.3 points per game respectively. Another forte for the Celtics is their depth. Whether it’s Derrick White, Malcolm Brogdon, or Sam Hauser off the bench, Boston has had great success beyond the arc thus far. In the coming weeks, the Celtics look to solidify their standing in the top tier of the Eastern Conference. To do so, they must keep their core healthy and perhaps add a piece or two by way of the trade deadline or buyout market.
The Boston Celtics are no doubt in a great position to finally bring another championship banner to TD Garden and look to pounce on the opportunity.