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|Colours:||Green, white & black|
|Hall of Famers:||Ed Macauley, John “Honey” Russell, Bob Cousy, Bill Russell, Bill Sharman, Frank Ramsey, John Havlicek, Sam Jones, Tom Heinsohn, Bob Houbregs, Pete Maravich, Clyde Lovellette, K.C. Jones, Dave Bing, Nate “Tiny” Archibald, Dave Cowens, Bill Walton, Bailey Howell, Larry Bird, Arnie Risen, Kevin McHale, Robert Parish, Dominique Wilkins, Dennis Johnson & JoJo White|
|Hall of Fame Coaches:||Red Auerbach, Alvin “Doggie” Julian & John Thompson|
|Rivals:||Los Angeles Lakers, Atlanta Hawks, Brooklyn Nets, Detroit Pistons, New York Knicks, Philadelphia 76ers & Washington Wizards|
|Legends:||Larry Bird, Red Auerbach, Bob Cousy, Dave Cowens, Rudolph “Spider” Edwards, John Havlicek, Tom Heinsohn, Dennis Johnson, K.C. Jones, Sam Jones, Reggie Lewis, Jim “Loscy” Loscutoff, Cedric Maxwell, Kevin McHale, Don Nelson, Robert Parish, Frank Ramsey, Bill Russell, Tom “Satch” Sanders, Antoine Walker & JoJo White|
|Retired Numbers:||00, 1, 2, 3, 6, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 31, 32, 33, 34 & 35|
|NBA Championships:||17: 1957, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1968, 1969, 1974, 1976, 1981, 1984, 1986 & 2008|
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The Boston Celtics were established in 1946 and are one of the original eight teams to play in the National Basketball Association after the Basketball Association of America and the National Basketball League merged to create the NBA. The Celtics are the most successful NBA franchise since the league began in 1949, as they have won a whopping 17 titles throughout their 74-year history.
The name Celtics came after founder and owner Walter Brown wanted to pay tribute to the Irishmen in Boston and because the ‘Celtics’ also had a good basketball history specifically in New York from 1914-39. The other names being thrown into the mix were Unicorns, Olympians and Whirlwinds.
The first four years of the Celtics could be one to forget as they had a losing record in the first four NBA seasons. This meant things had to change quickly and the Celtics hired Red Auerbach in 1950, and it turned out to be a masterstroke, where he won nine NBA titles during his tenure.
The 50s and 60s were a golden period for the Celtics which saw them claim 11 NBA titles throughout the decade, with their first coming in the 1956-57 season where they defeated St Louis Hawks in seven games.
The Celtics then won their second NBA title a season later in 1958-59, this time overcoming Minneapolis Lakers in four games, which sparked the Celtics to go and claim eight back-to-back titles, from 1958-1966.
The Celtics ended the 60s with another two NBA championships this time coming in 1967-68 and 1968-69 seasons. The 70s saw the Celtics extend their trophy cabinet as they claimed yet another two NBA titles but it was the pick up of Larry Bird in the 1978 NBA draft which sparked a revival for the Celtics.
After spending 1978 in the NCAA with Indiana State, Bird made his debut for the Celtics in 1979 where he had an immediate impact and changed the dynamics of the team as they won an extra 32 games than the previous year.
A year later the NBA started to notice his talent and was crowned NBA Rookie of the year as well as being selected to play in the All Star match. Throughout his time at the Celtics, Bird was seen as an integral part of the team as the Celtics claimed three NBA titles in the 80s (1980-81, 1983-84, 1985-86).
On a personal level he collected two NBA finals MVP awards in 1984 and 1986, three NBA Most Valuable Player awards from 1984-86, 12 NBA All Star games, nine NBA First Team selections between 1980-88 and the 1980 NBA Rookie of the year, as well as many other individual awards.
Bird bid farewell to the Celtics in the 1992 season after missing a chunk of games due to injury in 1990-91, and 1991-92 seasons which lead to him calling time on his illustrious Celtics career. As a symbol of respect the Celtics retired the number 33 jersey in which he wore.
The 90s era for the Celtics could also be one to forget as they had a drought of missing the playoffs for six straight seasons, and even when they did make it to the playoffs they fell at the first hurdle.
The mid 2000s specifically the 2007-08 season sparked some much needed joy and bucked the trend as they claimed their first NBA title since the 1985-86 season when they defeated Los Angeles Lakers to claim their 17th championship.
The early 2010s saw the team come up against LeBron James led teams on multiple occasions, whether it be the Cavaliers or the Heat. A fierce rivalry brewed, but with the James-led teams continually getting the upper hand, Danny Ainge blew up the team, sending Pierce and Garnett to Brooklyn for a then-record number of picks.
These picks allowed Boston to draft Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, currently the team’s top two players and leaders for the future.
Boston made the Eastern Conference Finals three times across four seasons, 2016/17 to 2019/20, but has been unable to make the NBA Finals since 2010.
The 2020/21 season saw another let down with the team struggling with COVID-19 and injuries. After being eliminated by the Nets in the opening round of the playoffs, moves had to be made, including Danny Ainge stepping down as President of Basketball Operations, being replaced by Brad Stevens, who will no longer be head coach.
After a disappointing season, the Boston Celtics look to reintroduce themselves as contenders in the East. The Celtics’ offseason was much more active than they are previously known for as they brought in new faces in the front office and on the court. But, is this enough to take the storied franchise back to the Eastern Conference Finals and even further, or will the team continue its slow descent towards mediocrity?
Boston’s front office played an active role in this NBA offseason as it saw Danny Ainge stepping down as the general manager, marking the end of an 18 year tenure with the club and Brad Stevens renouncing his role as the head coach and taking over the helm of the Celtic’s general manager. Despite seemingly lateral movements in his trades, Steven’s role as the head coach for the past 7 years means there is no other person more equipped at understanding the team’s holes and strengths than Brad Stevens.
Stevens’ first act as the GM was to hire the all-time Greg Popovich’s former assistant coach, Ime Udoka, who had previous experience dealing with the Celtics stars Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart in Team USA these past 2 summers. Look for an improvement in the Celtic’s team defense as Udoka’s experience with Popovich should bring some much needed revitalisation after finishing 14th in defensive rating last year.
Stevens did not hesitate early on, trading away Kemba Walker in a move that brought back Al Horford. Just off an all-star appearance in 2018-19, Walker’s offensive inconsistencies continued to plague the team throughout his final season not to mention only playing in 43 games in the regular season and 3 games in the post-season – a lackluster amount for the hefty $34 million.
Notable yet under-the-radar moves involved the Celtics locking down their promising, uber athletic shot blocking big man, Robert Williams for 4 years/ $54 million and locking up Marcus Smart to 4 year/ $76.5 million contract.
At the top of Steven’s priorities was getting some help around Tatum and Brown and potentially taking some of the scoring and defensive load from the young duo. The front office was able to bring in Josh Richardson and Dennis Schröder who have both averaged double figures in scoring for the past few years and also are more than capable on defense too. Other notable additions in the Celtics’ depth included Enes Kanter and Juancho Hernangomez.
The Celtics roster revolves completely around the team’s two-headed monster – Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown. Tatum took a leap into superstardom last year, averaging an impressive 26.4 points, 7.4 rebounds and an improved 4.3 assists whilst Brown, just as impressively, made a run for Most Improved Player last year, averaging 24.7 points, 6 rebounds and 3.4 assists.
Tatum stars as one of the premier faces of the league and he has proven himself with multiple 50 point games and a 60 point game, meanwhile Brown’s volume and efficiency went up. Based on the pair’s progress over the past 2 years, the next season should see another step forward for both the young all stars.
Tatum and Brown’s usage rates from last season sat at 30.8% and 29.7% respectively, both top 20 in the league, a figure that may remain similar as the offensive load still lies primarily on them. Though the team was 27th in the league in assists percentage, suggesting that the two’s isolation-heavy styles may need to take a slight decrease if the C’s want to avoid repeating last season’s woes.
However, as the team pushes through the first 82 game season in 2 seasons, the Celtics will inevitably look at their supporting cast for a better record whilst also preserving their stars for a postseason push. Of the supporting cast, the two leaders and defensive anchors of the Celtics are undoubtedly Marcus Smart and Al Horford.
Smart made a case for defensive player of the year last year and despite averaging 13.1 points on a substandard 31% from 3 and 39.8% from the field, yet he is still considered an integral part of Boston’s success – a testament to his abilities on the defensive side of the floor. Swapping Walker for Al Horford makes a lot of sense as the team filled their hole in the front court as well as brought in some much needed leadership.
In his last run with Boston, Horford was the starting big man when the team had the best defensive rating in the league (2017-18) whilst acting as the veteran for Tatum, Brown, and Smart in their formative years, all of which are defensive minded players.
Also, keep an eye out for Dennis Schroder, who turned down a supposed 4 year/ $84million from the Lakers for a $5 million deal to the Celtics. The former Lakers point guard will be looking to earn back his spot at a starting position and prove himself as useful to a successful team.
Though his impact can go either way as he can either contribute well as he has done in the past with the Lakers and Thunder, or he can just as likely take a back seat if his play becomes detrimental and focussed more on a contract than team success.
The two to look out for on the Celtic’s roster are Jayson Tatum and Robert Williams. Despite having an amazing year last season, Tatum’s performance needs to be taken to a higher level and it is more than capable of doing so. On the gold medal-winning Team USA, he was the second scoring option only behind Kevin Durant, demonstrating his confidence and notoriety amongst the NBA’s best.
Robert Williams ranks top 3 in blocks per game at 36, above the reigning defensive player of the year Rudy Gobert. Also, in the most recent playoffs, Williams recorded 11 points, 9 rebounds and a whopping 9 blocks in Game 1 against the Brooklyn Nets. William’s defensive impact paired with his above-the-rim ability poses him as one of the breakout players for the Celtics.
The Boston Celtics opened betting with the seventh best odds for the 2020/21 NBA Championship, +2200.
Unfortunately they finished with a 36-36 record, worse than expected and meant their against the spread record ended up at 34-38. Boston were 18-18 ATS at home and just 16-20 on the road.
The combination of breakout offensive years from Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown along with the defensive minded approach of Brad Stevens meant that the Celtics were just 37-35 in total points markets. Despite being just two games over 0.500 in this market, the Celtics had the 10th best record in the league.
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Where do the Boston Celtics play?
The Boston Celtics play their home games at the TD Garden.
Who owns the Boston Celtics?
Basketball Basketball Partners purchased the Boston Celtics in 2002.
Has the Boston Celtics won an NBA Championship?
The Boston Celtics have won 17 NBA championships, which is the most in NBA history. They won their first in 1957, with their most recent being in 2008.
Who is the Boston Celtics coach?
The Boston Celtics are currently searching for a new head coach after Brad Stevens took over as President of Basketball Operations.
Do the Boston Celtics play tonight?
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What is the Boston Celtics record?
The Boston Celtics had a 36-36 win-loss record for the 2020-21 NBA season.
Did the Boston Celtics win last night?
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How much is the Boston Celtics worth?
According to Forbes Magazine, the Celtics are worth $3.1 billion.
Who do the Boston Celtics play tonight?
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How to watch the Boston Celtics?
You can catch the Boston Celtics in action through NBA TV, NBA League Pass, or on TV such as ESPN, ABC, TNT and NBC Sports Boston,
Will the Boston Celtics make the playoffs this year?
The Boston Celtics made the playoffs last season. After finishing seventh in the East, the Celtics beat the Wizards in the 7 v 8 Play-In game, securing the seventh seed. Unfortunately they lost in the opening round, 4-1, to the Brooklyn Nets.
When do the Boston Celtics play?
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Where did the Boston Celtics finish the season?
The Boston Celtics finished the 2020-21 NBA season in seventh spot in the Eastern Conference
How many games did the Boston Celtics win?
The Boston Celtics won 36 games during the 2020-21 NBA season.
What are the Boston Celtics odds?
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What are the NBA expert picks for the Boston Celtics?
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