The Boston Celtics completely changed their roster, overturning 11 of 15 roster spots. How should they be graded on their busy offseason?
Many NBA teams take advantage of the offseason to change part of their team, adding a needed piece or subtracting a negative one. The Boston Celtics took that idea one step further, rotating out 11 of their rostered players from last season, with just four players retained.
Those four — Marcus Smart, Terry Rozier, Jaylen Brown and Al Horford — represent the only faint hope this team has at continuity. More likely, a busy summer will mean an equally busy offseason learning the playbook and growing camaraderie on and off the court between players new and old.
With the Cleveland Cavaliers’ future in limbo, and teams in Toronto and Washington struggling to add pieces, the Eastern Conference could be opening up for the Boston Celtics. But were their moves this summer the right ones to propel them to the NBA Finals and a date with the Golden State Warriors?
Each individual move is one thing, but seen in the larger weave of a team’s plan, various conclusions can be made. How did the Celtics’ many moves change their fortune? And how should they be graded?