There’s no problem finding examples of the best of the 2020 version of the young and emerging Boston Celtics. But it’s not so simple finding the worst.
You name it, there is a lot to like about the 2020 version of the Boston Celtics. From a deep talent pool led by four All-Star caliber players in Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Kemba Walker and Gordon Hayward, to excellent team chemistry with the addition of aforementioned Walker and subtraction of Kyrie Irving, to outstanding coaching under the leadership of fifth-year head coach Brad Stevens, there would appear to be little room for criticism.
This unit seemed to be positioning themselves for a deep playoff run before the world of Covid-19, just a move or two away from title contention. And, it was fun again in the Boston Garden. You could see it in the players, with last year’s long faces and signs of frustration replaced by smiles and enthusiasm. The fan base exhibited it too. There was life in the Boston Garden. But where there is the best, there has to be the worst. Sort of like in physics. One balances the other. This case is no different.
Starting with the first of the worst, we visit the 2019 player draft. Choosing 14th was already a major disappointment for the Celtics. At one point, having the Sacramento Kings first-round pick via earlier trade, they appeared locked into a top-five spot given the Kings’ ineptitude.
But with the emergence of point guard DeAaron Fox and power forward Marvin Bagley, the Kings went from struggling to surging and the selection fell to the middle of the first round.