The Celtics want to get back on top of the Eastern Conference this season. To scale that mountain, Boston needs to answer these five big questions.
The Boston Celtics were widely considered to be a team on the ascendancy in the Eastern Conference just a few seasons ago. Now Boston has big questions to answer if they’re going to belong in the same tier as either Milwaukee or Brooklyn in the East this season.
That doesn’t mean the cupboard is bare in Beantown. The roster sports two of the best young wings in the game in the form of Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown. The scarcity of talent on the wing around the NBA gives Boston a massive advantage over their competitors in the fact that they have two All-Stars at their disposal.
There are serious questions elsewhere on the roster. Boston has a lot of things to figure out before they can call themselves legitimate title contenders once again. The first big question they need to answer this season is on their sideline.
5. How will the Celtics coaching change alter things?
Brad Stevens’ decision to make the move upstairs to the front office will give Ime Udoka his first chance to be an NBA headman. He’s widely respected around the league but it’s impossible to know for certain how he’ll handle the pressure of being a first-time head coach.
Celtics fans shouldn’t expect a radical tactical departure from what Stevens gave them, but Udoka’s subtle tweaks will be crucial to the team’s hopes of taking a step forward this year. It’s a big issue to watch as the regular season unfolds.