The luck of the Irish has struck Boston these past few years.
It all started in 2011, when Boston clearly got the better end of the Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Jason Terry trade with Brooklyn. This trade allowed them to get those heavy contracts off the books, along with stockpiling future draft picks.
Five years later, Boston is one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference. Coached by Brad Stevens, the Celtics are a young scrappy team that plays with no fear. Behind play from Isaiah Thomas, Avery Bradley, and Jae Crowder, Boston has one of the best backcourts in all of the NBA. Thomas brings the scoring punch while Crowder and Bradley are some of the best defenders in the league. Marcus Smart is also a young, tough-minded guard that is important to the Celtics. His heart drives Boston night in and night out and his increased development is a joyful sight for Boston fans.
Boston’s luck continued this offseason when they landed big man Al Horford. Coming from Atlanta, Horford was a marquee name in free agency with his ability to space the floor. His shooting stroke is one of the best amongst big men and he is no slouch defensively. The Celtics weakest position was arguably the at center and Horford fixes that. He also brings leadership and guidance that was also lacking from Boston.
This years draft was a head scratcher for Boston. They had the number three pick (thanks to the Brooklyn trade) but did not necessarily need it. There were many teams ready to trade for that pick… like Chicago. The Bulls and Boston were in discussions for a Jimmy Butler trade for that pick (and Isaiah Thomas) but Boston did not want to pull the trigger. The next best thing for Boston to do was draft Kris Dunn and trade him away for a big name player. But what does Boston do? They draft Jaylen Brown. Coming out of Cal, Brown is a high-flyer with a iffy shot. I guess Boston knows something we do not about Brown, because they could have gotten more for that pick.
There are high expectations coming out of Boston this season. Behind great coaching, young, talented players, and key offseason pick-ups, Boston looks to dethrone the Cavaliers as Kings of the East.