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Basketball by Association: 2013-14 Boston Celtics Season Preview

August 27th, 2013

The Boston Celtics are entering a new era, but how long will it take to get back to the good old days?

Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Jason Terry and all remnants of the contending days are gone. Except for Rajon Rondo, but is he the cornerstone for the next chapter? Will he even be patient enough for the next page to turn?

New coach Brad Stevens faces the upward climb of transitioning from the college game to the NBA, but he must do so with a hodge-podge roster caught in between young prospects and "biding their time" leftover vets.

This season will be about evaluating Avery Bradley, Jeff Green, Jared Sullinger and Kelly Olynyk's future, while figuring out whether MarShon Brooks, Jordan Crawford and others can be helpful. Finally, it's also imperative the team finds takers for Gerald Wallace, Kris Humphries, Courtney Lee and Brandon Bass.

Can they all stay sane and competitive enough to keep Boston fans happy while not winning enough to thwart their draft lottery chances and long-term plan?

NBA assistant editors Ethan Norof and Joel C. Cordes lead the latest episode of Basketball by Association. 

We look at the best and worst of the Celtics' offseason, along with the biggest questions heading into 2014. We'll also detail Boston's keys to a successful year while predicting its final standing.


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