Boston Celtics: Why The C’s Are Primed To Win The Atlantic Division
Despite the facelift that the NBA’s Atlantic Division has taken this offseason, the Boston Celtics are primed to come away as winners.
The Boston Celtics had arguably the best offseason, and not only in the Atlantic Division. However, this young team still has a lot to prove despite their impressive summer.
The offseason addition of big man Al Horford certainly fills the “star” void that seemed to haunt Boston since the departure of the Big Three (Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen). Additionally, the quick emergence of Coach of the Year candidate Brad Stevens, who commands one of the deepest rosters in the NBA, has also helped catapult this team.
Assuming that the Boston Celtics take the next step this season, it’s difficult to deny that this team isn’t primed to win the Atlantic Division in 2016-17.
Here’s a quick look at their competition.
The Toronto Raptors have been the only Atlantic Division team who has been able to challenge for the Eastern Conference Title in the past few years.
However, the Raptors had a rather quiet offseason, in which they had to scramble to replace Bismack Biyombo, who one could argue was actually their best – and most consistent – player in last year’s playoffs.
Therefore, the Raptors should stick to their guns and continue to foster one of the best backcourts in the league. In doing so, expect Toronto to push the Boston Celtics for this division.
Prediction: 48-34, 2nd
New York Knicks
The Boston Celtics are not the only team in the Atlantic Division who have added star power this past offseason. The New York Knicks added Derrick Rose, a former MVP and a three-time NBA all-star.
With Carmelo Anthony primed for a big bounce back season, with potentially his best supporting cast in quite some time, there’s still a lot of question marks surround their new “Big Three”.
As a result, it could ultimately come down to team chemistry for the New York Knicks in 2016-17.
Prediction: 48-34, 3rd
There’s no question that the 76ers have an array of assets and tools. Question is, will they make a move and break up the logjam in the frontcourt in order to obtain some proven talent?
Prediction: 32-50 , 4th
Lastly, the Brooklyn Nets. The Nets are in a world of trouble in the Atlantic Division as they will more than likely finish last in the division and in the bottom three in the NBA overall.
Prediction: 18-64, 5th
More from Sir Charles In Charge
- Just How Close Exactly Are Stephen Curry and Kyrie Irving?11h ago
- Boston Celtics: How Danny Ainge Single-Handedly Dismantled The Nets13h ago
- Milwaukee Bucks: With Khris Middleton Out, MCW Will Take On Larger Role1 d ago
- NBA Rumors: Chris Bosh Doesn’t Pass Miami Heat Physical; Career Over?2d ago
- NBA Central Division Outlook: Who Can Run With The Cleveland Cavaliers?2d ago