Boston Celtics: 3 bold predictions ahead of the 2022-23 season

Jaylen Brown #7 and Jayson Tatum #0 of the Boston Celtics (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
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Boston Celtics bold prediction No. 1: The Celtics will win the 2023 NBA Finals

What other bold prediction would be fitting to end this article with? The Celtics have legitimate championship expectations, and why wouldn’t they? They have one of the deepest rosters in the league, top end talent in Tatum and Brown, and a team that made it all the way to the Finals last season before coming up just short against the Golden State Warriors.

Even in a very deep Eastern Conference, the Celtics should emerge as one of the top teams in the league. They won 51 games last season, and that was after their horrid start in which they went 18-21 in their first 39 games. Their second half pace, in which they went 33-10, might not be sustainable, but that’s a more accurate representation of what should be expected from the Celtics this season.

Boston will have more competition in the playoffs, which isn’t a surprise given the strength of the Eastern Conference, but they also have a better team than they did last season. Every key member of their rotation from last season is back, and they added Malcolm Brogdon, Blake Griffin, and Danilo Gallinari (if he can return from a torn ACL) to their roster. There really aren’t many holes on the Celtics roster right now.

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That will lead them all the way back to the Finals, but this time, they have the depth to come out on top. We may not know how good these Celtics can be until Robert Williams III returns to the court, but expecting anything less than a title this season is foolish. Boston will follow up their strong 2021-22 season by going all the way back to the Finals, and this time, they will be successful in their quest to raise Banner number 18 in TD Garden.