Brendan Martin Journal Staff
The Boston Celtics came into the season with high expectations from players, coaches, management, and most importantly their fans. While some so called experts from ESPN and Sports Illustrated have been pretty down on the Celtics in preseason power rankings, the chatter all around Boston has been about banner number 18. Predicting the Celtics to win it all this season is a bold prediction but on paper they definitely improved from last year’s Eastern Conference appearance. There are several promising new faces on the team.
Jeff Green is looking to bounce back after spending all last season recovering from a heart ailment and he has a lot of untapped potential awaiting to emerge. He can play on the wing, guard three positions, and is potentially the heir apparent to star Paul Pierce.
Courtney Lee is a young shooting guard who can do just about everything required of the position. Versatility is something that is valued in this league and Lee is a true two way player. He is a good perimeter defender and can hit the corner three or slash to the basket. He will be the starting shooting guard until Avery Bradley makes his return from his shoulder injury.
Darko Milicic is going to be a fan favorite at the TD Bank Garden. During the Celtics home opener Darko chants were heard all throughout the sold out arena. Darko, a former number two pick in the draft, hasn’t lived up to his potential especially considering Carmelo Anthony and Dwyane Wade were selected after him but look for him to be a big body in the paint.
Jared Sullinger is a high risk high reward player. Projected to be a lottery draft pick before concerns about injuries dropped him to the 21st pick of this draft that the Celtics could not let slip by. Unlike recent rookies the Celtics have drafted, look for him to get 20-25 minutes a game due to his excellent rebounding and post moves. Sully’s fadeaway in the paint is his go-to move and is a sight to see.
Leonardo Barbosa was an interesting pick up for the Celtics and the results thus far have been positive. The Brazilian Blur is a former sixth man of the year who can defend and straight up knock down shots. It will be interesting to see where he fits in the rotation when Avery Bradley comes back,
Jason Terry was the big free agent pickup for the Celtics and will be expected to be our sixth man and be the leader of our second unit. He is a proven winner (former NCAA champion and NBA champion) and a former sixth man of the year. He is deadly in transition, a clutch performer, and brings a certain swagger that Bostonians are going to love.