Brad Stevens has a lot of work to do this offseason to get the Boston Celtics back to Finals contenders.
As we know now, Brad Stevens is the new President of Basketball Operations. He takes over for the long-tenured Danny Ainge, who is retiring. That makes this an even bigger offseason than expected for the Celtics. Stevens will look to bolster the team he coached to a .500 record that saw them eliminated in the first round by the Brooklyn Nets.
Really, the main problem is everything else. Whether it be under-performances, the bench not giving you enough, or continuous injuries that get in the way, there’s a serious problem here that fans felt all year long.
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Seeing that Stevens experienced that firsthand as the head coach, one has to think he knows the weaknesses more than anyone and will make the moves necessary to fix it.
Let’s take a look at three moves Stevens should make this offseason to get the Celtics back to Finals contenders.
3. Add depth scoring to this Boston Celtics squad
A clear struggle for the Celtics this season was counting on anyone outside of the main core. While Payton Pritchard was a wonderful surprise in terms of how good he played in his first season, it was often that there just was not enough. The late season signing of Jabari Parker was also relatively solid for the team, as he gave them a dynamic they hadn’t had on their bench. But they need help scoring more points.
It feels as though all the elite teams in the league have depth pieces that can come onto the court and not only contribute, but be major contributors in the box score. The Brooklyn Nets, for example, had their “Big 3” which of course made up for most of their scoring, but with the likes of Jeff Green and Landry Shamet all averaging around 10 along with their entire starting lineup doing so as well, you can’t help but realize that is a massive help when the stars aren’t on or they need rest.
Evan Fournier was supposed to flll that gap, but with Brown, Kemba Walker, and Robert Williams all injured, it showed that he could not fill in the massive gap they all left. Stevens likely notices that this was a real problem and adding depth to the team to aid Tatum and Brown will go a long way.