The Boston Celtics will be in contention for years to come

Jayson Tatum #0 of the Boston Celtics (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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After a great turnaround to their 2021-2022 season, the Boston Celtics suffered a painful season ending loss on Thursday night. They lost in Game 6 of the 2022 NBA Finals to the Golden State Warriors, 103-90. This made Golden State four time NBA champions in the Steph Curry era.

Some might say that the Celtics blew this golden opportunity. Others might say that the Warriors Finals experience, compared to Boston’s lack of Finals experience was a huge factor. Say what you want, but the Celtics ended up making it to the NBA Finals. That’s an accomplishment in itself, considering at one point this team was the 11th seed in the Eastern Conference.

So let me say this next sentence with a cautiously optimistic tone. The Boston Celtics will be in continue to be in contention for a championship for years to come.

The Boston Celtics have a developing superstar in Jayson Tatum

Make no mistake about it Boston Celtics fans, we are in good hands with Jayson Tatum. Tatum took a huge step in front of our very eyes. Sure, there are some that will say Tatum needs to find that “inner dog” in him. That part may certainly be true. He’ll find it, he’s only 24 years old. Yes, I’m also aware that Jayson Tatum had a Finals series that he’ll want to forget.

But think of the positives that we can take out of this year. Jayson Tatum was once again an All-Star for the Boston Celtics, and we also saw Tatum make his first All-NBA team for his regular season performance. Make no mistake about it, Jayson Tatum had a fabulous season for the Celtics. There will only be more to come within the next few years.

The Boston Celtics have other pieces in place

Besides Tatum, the Celtics have a lot of other pieces in place for the foreseeable future. We have to give Jaylen Brown some love here. He really played well in his first NBA Finals. He had 34 points in Game 6, even though it wasn’t enough to overcome the Warriors. Brown is a piece that you can’t give up. He’ll flourish into an All-Star before we know it, and he has shown he can take over games when Tatum doesn’t have it.

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There’s also Robert Williams, who is one of the better young centers in the league when fully healthy. Marcus Smart has shown he can be a facilitator as a point guard. Guys like Derrick White, Payton Pritchard, and Grant Williams on the bench are all young pieces that will continue to get better. There’s a lot of good pieces already in place. With trade exceptions and other free agent money, you’re a couple signings away from potentially getting over the hump.

The Boston Celtics have the right guys leading the charge

It helps to have a guy in the front office and a guy on the bench that you’re comfortable with going forward. The Celtics have both of those in place. Brad Stevens made a roster that was two wins away from a NBA championship. He brought back Al Horford, brought in Derrick White, and got rid of other pieces like Dennis Schroder, Josh Richardson, and Enes Freedom. That got them where they needed to be.

Then you have Ime Udoka. He tells it like it is and holds his players accountable. You don’t see many head coaches make the Finals in their first year. That’s a great sign of things to come. Udoka fits very well in the city of Boston with his grind and low-key personality.

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Needless to say, having these two steering the ship will keep the Celtics on course for the foreseeable future. It’ll be exciting to see what happens in the summer, heading into the 2022-2023 season.