How Paul Pierce, Rajon Rondo and KG Can Contend on Next Year’s Boston Celtics

October 14th, 2011 by Eugene Karlik Leave a reply »
If everything goes right, the Boston Celtics can win the hypothetical 2011-2012 NBA title. The Celtics rarely get a mention in that conversation anymore, as the common wisdom seems to be that they are past their prime and their window of opportunity is closed.

Indeed, the Celtics face some very serious obstacles on the road to contention, but these obstacles can be overcome. Here is how they can do it:



1. The 2011-2012 season happens. (Duh.) In the new CBA, the key features of old free agency, i.e., "Bird rights," are retained. Something like a mid-level exception still exists, even if not at the same salary amount.

2. The 2011-2012 season starts with a delay. Apart from the Mavericks, the Celtics are the team that can benefit most from a delayed season. With a shortened regular season, the Celtics can both maximize their playoff seeding and avoid.


The Model

The NBA, like most leagues, is a copycat league. But if you look at the teams that have truly been successful, you find that they have all come up with a unique blueprint.

For example, the 2007-08 Celti ...

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