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Last year's ranking: 45
Title track: 28
Fan relations: 52
Stadium experience: 75
Bang for the buck: 111
The good news for the Celtics is that their trade of Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce to the Nets for all the first-round draft picks in Russia (OK three, plus the right to swap places in 2017) is now regarded as a heist. The bad news is that sans Pierce, Garnett and the also departed Doc Rivers, Boston really stinks now.
The team slipped in every category this year, but fell the hardest in coaching, sliding from No. 7 to 54. The front office hired former Butler coach Brad Stevens to take the reins after Rivers skipped out to coach the Los Angeles Clippers. Stevens was widely praised for his first year in the pros, but Red Auerbach couldn't have done much better with the Celtics' roster: The Green's 25-57 record last season was the team's worst since 2006-07, the year before it acquired Garnett and Ray Allen.
Bang for the buck also took a major hit, and the TD Garden's $4 increase in parking doesn't seem to have helped. Boston's $38 to park is 126.1 percent higher than the NBA average and rings in as the most expensive price for parking in the league.
Celtics fans can still look on the bright side: Rajon Rondo should finally be back to full health after being limited to 30 games in 2013-14. His former coach believes so too. "Rondo's going to be great this year," Rivers told The Boston Globe. "He's going to be healthy. It's the following year [after ACL surgery] that you become who you were. So I think Rondo will have a great year. And I think that will be great for the team." Of course, with trade rumors swirling, just what Rondo's team will be is an open question.