|Posted by GinosJungle on October 1, 2009 at 3:59 PM|
NBA team previews hosted by Jeff at Celtics Blog.
Last Years Record: 62-20
Key Losses: Leon Powe, Stephon Marbury
Key Additions: Rasheed Wallace, Marquis Daniels, Shelden Williams
What Significant Moves were made during the off-season?
The biggest move of the off-season was the signing of veteran big man Rasheed Wallace. Rasheed is going to be the guy who comes off our bench and sparks the offense. He will spread the floor with his outside shooting, and be a strong presence in the post. He will also improve our team defense when he is on the floor, his intensity along with KG and Perk's could be a scary site for opposing teams.
We also went out during the off season and signed a versatile forward/guard in Marquis Daniels, who will be able to take minutes off from Pierce's shoulders and be a scoring threat off the bench. His game is not quite like James Posey's, but his role on this team will be similar to what Posey did in 2007-2008.
A few other moves made during the off season was the re-signing of Glen Davis, signing of Shelden Williams, and the signing of rookie guard Lester Hudson. The re-signing of Big Baby was a huge for our team, he proved he could play last year, and could probably be a starter on over half the teams in the league. Big Baby is not quite KG, but he will be able to come off the bench and be one of the best forwards off the bench, in the NBA. The signing of Shelden Williams brought in another big that can come off the bench if needed. The recent signing of Lester Hudson equipped the team with another point guard that can run the point if Eddie does not perform like Doc would like him to.
What are the teams biggest strengths?
The biggest strength of this team compared to other strong teams in the league is our bench. Like we have said before, our second team is not our "other group of players" that are not good enough to be starters. They would most likely be starters on many other teams in the league. Marquis Daniels was a starter last year in Indiana, Rasheed was a starter in Detroit, and we all know Big Baby started the entire post season last year.
Another strength is the intensity. I don't see at any time where this team can lose their focus. They are a unit of players who play the game the way it should be played. We don't have any Kobe Bryants on this team looking to be in the spotlight. Just straight forward drive and determination to do one thing-Win.
What are the teams biggest weaknesses?
The teams biggest weakness does not lie in the ability of any player on the team. The biggest weakness on this team is going to be the health. The status of KG's leg in many people's eyes is the difference between having 17 or 18 banners hanging up next June. You also have to consider the health of Paul Pierce and Ray Allen, Perk's shoulder, and Rondo's ankles. Paul and Ray are getting up there in age and may become fatigued at points during the season. They did, however, both work as hard as they could during the offseason to be in the best shape they could be, to limit the affect of age. If we can keep all these guys going at full speed it is going to be hard for anyone to stop us.
What are the goals for this team?
Putting something on the empty banner. Anything besides hanging Banner 18 will be a disappointment this year. In Boston, we do not hang Atlantic Division championship banners, we do not hang Eastern Conference championship banners, we hang world championship banners, and that is what the goal is for the team this year.
Let the Lakers get their fame and time in the media now. They are the defending champions. We had the same treatment last year. Hearing nothing but the Lakers now will make it that much sweeter when all we hear about is the Celtics next June.
This years record 66-16 (same as champ year- we're doing it again)
Bonus prediction: Shaq won't be the answer, not even close in Cleveland, and Lebron will be headed out of town.