A LOT has happened to the Boston Celtics roster and might even change before the start of the 2019-2020 NBA season. After one hell of a roller coaster year, with all of the turmoil and broken promises, we received one more crazy loop.

Celtic-fans were blindsided by Al Horford’s departure, following the loss of superstar Kyrie Irving. Adding perennial All-star Kemba Walker into the mix along with some talented young rookies should mitigate the blow, however, it is clear that the Cs are taking a step backwards.

As the major offseason moves have seemed to settle down, let’s take a look at the Celtics roster and set realistic expectations for the start of the season.

What are they working with?

Arrivals:Departures:
Kemba WalkerKyrie Irving
Romeo Langford (Rookie)Al Horford
Carsen Edwards (Rookie)Terry Rozier III
Grant Williams (Rookie)Marcus Morris
Tremont Waters (Rookie)Aron Baynes
Enes KanterGerscheon Yabusele
Vincent Poirier

Projected Depth Chart:

PG: Kemba Walker, Brad Wanamaker, Carsen Edwards, Tremont Waters

SG: Jaylen Brown, Marcus Smart, Romeo Langford

SF: Jayson Tatum, Gordon Hayward, Semi Ojeleye

PF: Daniel Theis, Grant Williams

C: Enes Kanter, Robert Williams III, Vincent Poirier

Obviously, there is a hole to be addressed at the center position and for now, Enes Kanter is the solution. Until the Celtics find their permanent big man at the five, they have serviceable players to rely on. The plan is to have Kanter play the bulk of the minutes and give the rest to the Time Lord, Rob Williams III, Daniel Theis and Vincent Porier. Boston was able to soften the loss of Horford by acquiring an offensive beast, however, Kanter does have the tendency to be a liability on the defensive end, and it’s hopefully a point of emphasis for him this offseason.

Jaylen Brown, Gordon Hayward, Marcus Smart and Jayson Tatum are returning and with all eyes on the rest of the Eastern Conference, this should be an exciting year for these guys. Hayward will be a full two years removed from his gruesome ankle injury and has had plenty of time to recover and return to his former self.

Competition

Fortunately, Boston will not have to go through Finals MVP, Kawhi Leonard and the Toronto Raptors as he took his talents to the Clippers. Bad news is… there are a few other teams to worry about. Milwaukee clearly isn’t going anywhere either with MVP, Giannis Antetokuonmpo, and recently-inked Kris Middleton leading the new favorite to win the Eastern Conference.

Philadelphia, however, reloaded its roster by signing veteran big man, Al Horford, and dealing for standout-wing, Josh Richardson from Miami. Of course, Kyrie and the Brooklyn Nets will be in contention along with the Indiana Pacers, not too far behind.

Youth

We have yet to see the Celtics top draft pick, Romeo Langford as he recovers from hand surgery and continues the rehab process. Following a strong Summer League from second-year man, Robert Williams along with stellar play from rookies Carsen Edwards and Grant Williams, the future of the Celtics seems to be bright, despite the uncertainty surrounding the Celtics’ short term potential.

Expectation

Expect the Celtics to play better as a team next season. Losses to the center position along with veteran leadership could plague the team’s ability to rebound, but overall, I think Boston is in pretty good shape among the Eastern Conference’s best.

Don’t anticipate a deep championship run though, but this team will be far more fun to watch than last year’s squad. Injuries aside, if all goes well…

Celtics projected record: 50W-32L.

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