Boston Celtics Offseason Moves 2019: Odds and Predictions

Boston Celtics 2018-2019 Performance

Season Record: 49-33, 4th in the Eastern Conference

Head Coach: Brad Stevens

Most Frequent Starting Five (33 Games): (G) Kyrie Irving – (G) Marcus Smart – (F) Jayson Tatum – (F) Marcus Morris – (C) Al Horford

Celtics 2018-2019 Top Performers

  • (G) Kyrie Irving – 33.0 MPG | 23.8 PPG | 5.0 RPG | 6.9 APG
  • (F) Jayson Tatum – 31.1 MPG | 15.7 PPG | 6.0 RPG | .373 3P%
  • (F) Marcus Morris – 27.9 MPG | 13.9 PPG | 6.1 RPG | .375 3P%

Celtics 2018-2019 Major Transactions

The Boston Celtics made no major transactions during the 2018-2019 NBA season.

The Good

The Celtics are Safe with Ainge

The Celtics had an awful season by their own standards. However the steps they took to get to success were all correct, it was just player error that failed them.

Danny Ainge drafted two incredibly young wings (Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown), signed two max-level players (Gordon Hayward, Al Horford), and traded for an All-NBA superstar (Kyrie Irving).

While they flamed out in the second round of the playoffs, Ainge still had three first-round draft picks to build on. If that is failure to perform by a General Manager, the rest of the leagues’ front offices should be stepping up.

The Bad

Discord in the Clubhouse

The Boston Celtics’ are a storied franchise built on the history of success of its former squads. Unfortunately, the 18-19 Celtics will be known for underachievement, due to internal issues regarding players.

A full season of questioning Irving’s motives, arguments amongst players and coaches, to full recognition of their teams’ lack of desire to play for each other, the Boston Celtics were a talented yet toxic team.

That poison has hopefully been removed, as near-half, the roster has been overhauled going into the 2019-2020 season.

Gordon “What If?” Hayward

It isn’t Gordon Hayward’s fault that he suffered a horrific injury to open the 2017-2018 season. It also isn’t his fault that previous to that he had the best season of his career, was an all-star, and signed a four-year $128 million contract to play under his college coach.

Unfortunately, Hayward is going into the third year of that contract and it is yet to be justified. Joining Boston to be the star but then being relegated to bench role player hasn’t encouraged his production.

He still has the opportunity to turn it around. With less ball dominance on the roster with Irving gone, he may receive an expanded role. Whether he can capitalize on that is the question.

The Surprises

The Cream of the Lesser Crop

Going into the 2018-2019 season, Boston was projected as one of the league’s top teams. Almost certain to challenge for the NBA Championship come spring.

The more that the Celtics played, the more human they seemed. Philly had a beast in Embiid, Milwaukee had a god in Giannis, and Toronto had a terminator in Leonard. Meanwhile, the Celtics had a dysfunctional team of motivated yet unaccomplished players led by a science-denying point guard who went back on his preseason loyalty to the franchise.

As time went on the Celtics won games, but were clearly on the outside looking in at their Eastern Conference compatriots. A team with no star, no leader, and no togetherness closed the season significantly more average than they opened it.

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Boston Celtics 2019 NBA Draft Acquisitions

The Celtics had four selections in the 2019 NBA Draft.

With the loss of Irving and the impending decision around Brown and Tatum, the Celtics chose to shore up their wing and backcourt.

(F) Romeo Langford – Indiana – USA – Boston Celtics, 1st Round (14th Pick, 14th Overall)

SeasonAgeCollegeGamesMPPTSREBASTFG%3P%
18-1919INDIANA3234.116.55.42.3.448.272

The addition of Langford was an excellent choice by the Boston Celtics. Already plagued with scoring options, Langford can come in and be the energy piece they need to support their stars.

His athleticism leaves much to be desired, but he is a decent scorer and slasher with room to improve as a shooter.

(F) Grant Williams – Tennessee – USA – Boston Celtics, 1st Round (20th Pick, 20th Overall)

SeasonAgeCollegeGamesMPPTSREBASTFG%3P%
18-1920TENNESSEE3731.918.87.53.2.564.326

Grant Williams is a high-impact, team-first, energy player. He doesn’t project to be a transcendent scorer, but he will likely be a player with a long NBA career.

Already with an NBA body, Williams will need to work on his shooting in order to make a mark with his career.

(G) Tremont Waters – LSU – USA – Boston Celtics, 2nd Round (21st Pick, 51st Overall)

SeasonAgeCollegeGamesMPPTSREBASTFG%3P%
18-1919TXTECH3832.518.56.43.7.461.304

A balanced scorer and passer, Tremont Waters is very reminiscent of Fred Vanvleet. Despite his size, he is an adept finisher inside.

Due to LSU’s lack of depth, he struggled to take care of the ball as he averaged 3.5 turnovers per game in college. He will certainly need to improve.

(G) Carsen Edwards – Purdue – USA – Philadelphia 76ers, 2nd Round (3rd Pick, 33rd Overall)

SeasonAgeCollegeGamesMPPTSREBASTFG%3P%
18-1920PURDUE3635.424.33.62.9.394.355

Carsen Edwards is without a doubt, an absolute flamethrower. Small in stature but large in offensive output, Edwards’ amazing Elite 8 run with Purdue proved enough for the Celtics to snatch him up.

Already looking in the mould of lead guard Kemba Walker, Edwards will have to show his decision making and defending can meet his offensive standards.

Expectations

The Boston Celtics are absolutely loaded with rookies, a far cry from their veteran yet dysfunctional roster from last year.

Boston is still searching for their definitive backup point guard, so expect both Edwards and Waters to get a fair look.

Langford and Williams will be fighting for the same position, but will both likely spend some time with Boston’s G-League affiliate for seasoning.

Boston Celtics 2019 NBA Offseason Acquisitions

(C) Enes Kanter – 2 Years/$9.7 Million

SeasonAgeTeamGamesMPPTSREBASTFG%3P%
18-1928UTA6827.912.73.66.1.404.311

While Kanter’s stay in Boston has gotten off to a rocky start, the charismatic big man will add a new depth to the Celtics’ team.

In Kanter, the Celtics acquired a capable center who can score with his back to the basket as well as facing it. The loss of Aron Baynes is also softened due to Kanter’s rebounding ability.

(G) Max Strus – Non/Partial Guarantee

SeasonAgeTeamGamesMPPTSREBASTFG%3P%
18-1923DePaul3537.420.15.92.2.429.363

Max Strus is a passably athletic swingman with a justified propensity to shoot the ball. He shot 36.3% from three in college on nearly nine attempts per game.

Strus looks to factor into Brad Steven’s ball movement-oriented offense quickly but will take seasoning in the G-League to shore up his defensive and athletic shortcomings.

(G-F) Javonte Green – Non/Partial Guarantee

SeasonAgeTeamGamesMPPTSREBSTLFG%3P%
18-1926ratiopharm Ulm1525.313.94.52.5.533.361

Javonte Green is an exciting prospect for the Boston Celtics. He fits their defensive identity, while also maintaining an offensive efficiency that draws coaches’ praise.

While he excels in doing the little things, he is not spectacular in any offensive category. He will have to prove that he can be a reliable option during the attack, in order to balance with his defence.

(F) Kaiser Gates – Exhibit 10

SeasonAgeTeamGamesMPPTSREBASTFG%3P%
18-1922WCB5026.012.76.41.9.408.513

Gates joins the Celtics off the back of a solid G-League season with the Westchester Knicks.

Gates is a good shooter but is reserved in his shot volume. He’s proven an adequate playmaker and rebounder, showing his versatility.

(C) Tacko Fall – Two-Way Contract

SeasonAgeTeamGamesMPPTSREBBLKFG%3P%
18-1923UCF3324.911.17.62.6.748n/a

A literal walking giant on earth, Tacko Fall finds himself on the Boston Celtics with the opportunity to prove there’s more to his game than just size.

At 7’6, Fall’s most valuable asset will be his length finishing at and defending the rim. He will have to expand his range and develop a post-game, but he’s already the most physically intriguing prospect in his draft class – next to Zion Williamson.

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Expected Depth Chart

Point GuardShooting GuardSmall ForwardPower ForwardCenter
Kemba WalkerMarcus SmartJayson TatumGordon HaywardEnes Kanter
Carsen EdwardsRomeo LangfordJaylen BrownDaniel TheisRobert Williams
Brad WanamakerJavonte GreenMax StrusGrant WilliamsVincent Poirer
Tremont WatersYante MatenSemi OjeleyeKaiser GatesTacko Fall

Celtics 2019-2020 Season Expectations

Nothing really jumps out at you with this Boston Celtics roster. They currently field a team lead by three-time All-Star Kemba Walker whose next most accomplished running mate is Gordon Hayward.

They will be relying on the continual development of Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown to lead them into the future.

Losing Irving and Horford is immense, but coach Brad Stevens has shown flexibility in his coaching that encourages even fringe players to contribute impressively.

Regular Season Win Totals for the Boston Celtics

Betting odds expect the Boston Celtics to finish with a similar record to last year.

With an over/under of 48.5 for regular season wins, the sports book is being quite generous to an overhauled roster.

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48.5

Under

48.5

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Boston Celtics Odds to Win the 2019-2020 Eastern Conference

While the Milwaukee Bucks are the runaway favorites to win the Eastern Conference, future odds have the Boston Celtics as fourth most likely to win the East.

While their team needs time to gel, players are betting on the improved core of the Celtics to key their success.

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Boston Celtics Odds to Win the 2019-2020 NBA Championship

The Boston Celtics are on the outside looking in at the future odds’ teams to win the NBA Championship.

Opening as the ninth most likely team to win the Larry O’Brien trophy, the Celtics will need to perform well in order to improve their odds.

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