While the Boston Celtics have not let off the “fireworks” that the owners and the fans had perhaps hoped for, general manager Danny Ainge has continued his excellent job rebuilding the team and stockpiling assets in his quest to return the Celtics to the top of the NBA. While much of the excitement for the upcoming season is focused on the debut of No. 6 draft pick Marcus Smart and a full season for a healthy Rajon Rondo, the depth and talent of the Celtics’ big men should not be ignored.
The Celtics possess a group of young bigs who may be set for breakout seasons in 2014-15 and could dramatically improve the record of a team who finished tied for fifth-worst in the league at 25-57 last season.
In particular, there are three young players in the front court who are primed for an increase in minutes and the biggest role they have had on a team thus far in their short careers. Having shown flashes of high-level production in the past, each will have the opportunity to have a career year on a young team with a second-year coach aiming to prove they can hang with the rest of the NBA. Coach Brad Stevens’ offense, which is predicated on ball-movement will provide the Celtics’ front court players with the chance to put up points and along with proven rebounding ability could lead to career-high numbers accross the board. So who are these three big men poised for a breakout season in 2014-15 and what can we expect from them this season?