With LeBron James headed west to play in LA, the Boston Celtics are the clear favorites to be representing the Eastern Conference in the NBA Finals.
I never thought I would say this, but thank you LeBron James. James signed with the LA Lakers on Sunday and did the Boston Celtics a huge favor. With the king out of the Eastern Conference, there is no one stopping the Celtics from making it to the NBA Finals.
This may seem a bit hyperbolic, but remember the Celtics have basically everyone coming back next season.
The Celtics re-signed Aron Baynes and it appears that Marcus Smart overvalued himself as he hasn’t signed anywhere. So the team that was one win away from the NBA FInals will be back in full force. Oh, and they will be adding Gordon Hayward and Kyrie Irving to the mix.
Everything is lining up for the Celtics to dominate the Eastern Conference. The Celtics already have such a deep roster. Their second unit could probably compete with some other teams starters.
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The Celtics will have playoff stars like Smart, Marcus Morris, Terry Rozier, and Baynes coming off the bench. That’s insane. Some of these guys were playing amazing basketball last year. The Celtics are going to instill fear in their opponents the minute they step on the court.
Way too early win prediction
It may be July, but let’s look into the magic 8 ball. With the Eastern Conference being as weak as Kevin Durant’s upper body, I think the Celtics will win 65 games.
They will clean up in the Eastern Conference with the Toronto Raptors and the Philadelphia 76ers being the only real competition.
Next season should be a great one for the Boston Celtics. They have a real shot to win the championship since the West will be so competitive that whoever makes it out will have already gone through a war. If the Celtics don’t make it to the NBA Finals it would be a major disappointment.