2009-10 Record: 50-32
First place, Atlantic Division
Won, Eastern Conference
• 105.4 (13th)
• 101.1 (5th)
F: Glen Davis
F: Kevin Garnett
C: Kendrick Perkins
G: Rajon Rondo
F-C: Rasheed Wallace
G: Ray Allen (Unrestricted)
G: Tony Allen (Unrestricted)
G: Marquis Daniels (Unrestricted)
G-F: Michael Finley (Unrestricted)
F: Paul Pierce (Early termination)
G: Nate Robinson (Unrestricted)
F: Brian Scalabrine (Unrestricted)
F-C: Shelden Williams (Unrestricted)
Areas of Strength:
Experience and teamwork. The Celtics proved that the regular season doesn't mean much when you know you can turn it on in the playoffs. After playing .500 basketball after Christmas, they flipped the switch when the postseason began and knocked off the Heat and Cavs by playing as a cohesive unit on both ends of the floor.
Backcourt depth. Much depends on whether or not Ray Allen returns this summer. But even if he does, the Celtics need another guard or two. Tony Allen has been the only one backing up both Ray Allen and Rajon Rondo in the postseason. He's had his moments, but has been over the course of the season and is also a free agent.
Two Stats That Matter:
• 41.8 -- With no back-up point guard, Rajon Rondo has played almost 42 minutes per game in the postseason.
• 16.7 -- The Celtics have forced 16.7 turnovers per game in the postseason, more than a full turnover per game more than any other team.
The Way To Go:
With the 19th pick in the Draft, the Celtics have a chance to get a contributor in the draft for the first time in since 2007. Their strong playoff run should encourage them to keep their core together, perhaps re-signing Ray Allen to a reasonable deal. They'll still have to restructure their bench and plan for a future without Allen, Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce.