After six straight years in the playoffs and an era that saw the team win their first NBA championship in more than two decades, the Boston Celtics struggled through a tough 2013-14 season that resulted in just 25 wins. The team traded their veteran stars Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett, moved on from long-time coach Doc Rivers and entered into the first year of a rebuilding period that is based around a bevy of draft picks and talented young players that general manager Danny Ainge has acquired.Despite being in the early stages of what appears to be a long rebuild, the Celtics will improve, perhaps significantly next season for a number of reasons.
With players returning from injury, young prospects gaining valuable experience last season and the entire coaching staff becoming more comfortable in the NBA, the Celtics should be an entirely different squad in 2014-15. Despite the lack of any blockbuster moves in the off-season, Ainge has done a quality job of rounding out his roster, adding talent and depth at a number of positions and the Celtics should be a far more difficult opponent than the one that struggled in a weak Eastern Conference last season.
Let’s take a look at the top five reasons the Celtics will improve in season 2014-15 as they start the long journey back to the top of the east.