We joined forces with our friends at CelticsHub to play a game of 3-on-3 to preview the new season. But we start at the end with one of the three questions:
Imagine it’s next summer. The season’s over. Write your 2013-14 season recap.
Jackson: They did it! By only winning 25 games, the Celtics have put themselves in the best position to secure the top overall pick in the upcoming draft. Brad Stevens did a masterful job as evidenced by the great strides made by Kelly Olynyk, MarShon Brooks, Vitor Faverani and Phil Pressey. The future is bright in Beantown. (Hey, I’m an optimist)
Forsberg: After stumbling through much of the 2013-14 season, the Boston Celtics closed out coach Brad Stevens’ rookie campaign with a flourish, winning five of eight games in April. Stevens said he’s fine with sacrificing potential premium draft position at the expense of victories. “We made progress throughout the season and that showed over the final month of the season,” Stevens said after a 26-46 campaign which featured a 13th-place finish in the East and some roster turnover at the February deadline. “Our young guys see we are moving in the right direction, with guidance from Rajon [Rondo]. We’ll get back to work this summer and keep building.”
Davenport: Rajon Rondo got traded to the Bucks for Caron Butler, Brandon Knight and two first-rounders in February. Brad Stevens molded the pasty modeling clay that is Kelly Olynyk into an All-Rookie first teamer, but by season’s end Ainge had traded the entire rest of the roster, forcing Stevens to play Olynyk for 48 minutes alongside four 2015 draft picks. The Celtics somehow managed to lose 89 games and finish 17th in the East, behind midseason expansion team the Bar Harbor Beagles. In conclusion, the season was a huge success that went exactly according to plan.