Reason 66: Last Run for the Boston Celtics?
After taking a glance at the Boston Celtics roster and noticing the large amount of years played in the NBA, many would think this year marks do or die again for the aging Boston Celtics. While the core of their talented veterans will return next season, a number of key parts will become unrestricted free agents in 2012. Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett and Jermaine O’Neal are all scheduled to become free agents and test the waters come summer of 2012, unless retirment comes into play beforehand. Allen was still productive last season, notching 16.5 points per game while shooting 44.4% from three-point range in 2011. Sure Garnett wasn’t in the prime of his career, but he still nearly averaged a double-double (14.9 ppg, 8.9 rpg) in 2011. Paul Pierce still has the ability to score the basketball (18.9 ppg in 2011), and Rajon Rondo will always be amongst the league leaders in assists. With the core of their roster still in tact, while adding Jeff Green in the midst of last season, the C’s will remain near the top of the Eastern Conference. One slight roster move could propel this team to legitimate contenders in hopes of capturing their second NBA Finals trophy in five years.