The Celtics need to rebound their way towards contention
The Boston Celtics far exceeded expectation this season after winning only twenty-five games last year. They followed that season with winning forty games this year and finishing with the number seven seed in the Eastern Conference. The successful season ended by getting swept in the first round of the playoffs by the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Celtics took a huge step toward contention this past year and, with over thirty million dollars to spend this offseason, seeing the Celtics make another jump next season is not out of the question. Head coach, Brad Stevens, has built quite a reputation as a winner at the NBA level and, as time goes on, he will continue to climb the ranks of the best head coaches in the game today.
Although the team made great strides this past season, they are still far away from being a title contending team. The biggest issue that this team has to address is their rebounding. The big men on the roster all have areas where they are solid, but none of them excel as pure rebounders. Watching the series against the Cavaliers displayed how glaring that issue is. Two names who come to mind who could help the team are DeAndre Jordan and Greg Monroe. Both players are unrestricted free agents this summer, which should make their list of suitors very long. Jordan is a seven-foot center who is a terrific rebounder. His offensive game is very limited, but what he gives a team defensively more than makes up for his limited offensive game. His ability to rebound and block shots should earn him a lot of money this offseason and the Celtics should be among the suitors pursuing him. Monroe is another great rebounder that the Celtics should look at signing. His offensive game is better than Jordan’s, but, on the other hand, his shot blocking ability is less than Jordan’s. Jordan’s rebounding numbers are also better than Monroe’s which makes him a better fit defensively. Given that both of these players are still very much in their primes, either one would be a great addition to the Celtics.
The Celtics have holes on the roster that extend beyond rebounding, but, in my opinion, this area is one that they need to address this offseason. The Celtics will no doubt have interest in names, such as Marc Gasol and LaMarcus Aldridge, but both players are considered long shots to sign with the Celtics. Both Gasol and Aldridge would fit the description of what the Celtics need, but Jordan and Monroe seem to be the more realistic options. Given the strengths and weaknesses of both players, I believe that the better fit is DeAndre Jordan. His defensive game is one of the best in the league and, although his offensive skills are in short supply, his defensive skills are what the Celtics badly need. The team cannot go wrong with getting either player, but given where this team is at and what they lack, Jordan would be the better addition. The Celtics are building their team with a lot of young players and both Jordan and Monroe would fit in great with what the team already has.
Colby Gatz covers the Red Sox and Patriots for MFST, you can follow him on Twitter @bostonfan_15https://www.myfantasysportstalk.com/celtics-need-rebound-way-towards-contention/AnalysisBasketballNBA#Greg Monroe,Boston Celtics,Cleveland Cavaliers,DeAndre Jordan,NBAThe Boston Celtics far exceeded expectation this season after winning only twenty-five games last year. They followed that season with winning forty games this year and finishing with the number seven seed in the Eastern Conference. The successful season ended by getting swept in the first round of the...Colby GatzColby GatzCR.Gatz@yahoo.comEditorColby is a huge fan of the sports industry especially the NFL, NBA, and MLB. He has a strong passion for the Patriots, Red Sox, Celtics, and Bruins. Colby is majoring in Digital Arts and Sciences and is aspiring to be a sports web and graphic designer.MyFantasySportsTalk