|2009-10 Team Rating|
|13th Overall||5th Overall|
2009-10 Season Stats
Jermaine and Shaquille O'Neal have 2,327 games of NBA mileage between them, but they will control the paint and make up for the early absence of Kendrick Perkins.
Tony Allen's departure hurts, but Avery Bradley is probably the best perimeter defender of the incoming rookie class. He could contribute right away.
Perkins' injury and Tom Thibodeau's departure will hurt the Celtics defensively. But if Kevin Garnett is healthy, they'll still be near the top of the league on that end.
Allen and Rasheed Wallace are gone and the Celtics still don't have a back-up point guard. But when Perkins returns, no team will be deeper up front.
The Celtics will miss the defensive brilliance of Thibodeau, but Lawrence Frank is as good a replacement as you can get. And Rivers' decision to return was critical.
Danny Ainge could have really shaken things up this summer, but the Celtics' stars and their coach are back for another run. And though it didn't seem possible, they got even older with the additions of the two O'Neals.
On-the-floor chemistry has been the Celtics' strength for the last three seasons. So integrating Shaq into both the offense and defense will be a critical challenge. But priority No. 1 with this team, as always, is staying healthy.
The Celtics proved last season that they don't need to tear through the regular season. They just need to be fresh come April. And when healthy, Boston is a tough out. They just may be short on talent when it comes to matching up with the new beast of the East, the Miami Heat.
-- John Schuhmann
Explanation of Marking System
|Golden State Warriors||D+|
|Los Angeles Clippers||C|
|Los Angeles Lakers||A|
|New Jersey Nets||B|
|New Orleans Hornets||C|
|New York Knicks||B|
|Oklahoma City Thunder||A|
|Portland Trail Blazers||B|
|San Antonio Spurs||B+|