Coming off a championship and the best record in the NBA last season, there is not much change needed to the Celtics formula heading into the 08 / 09 season. The calling card of the Celtics success was team defenseÂ anchoredÂ by reigning Defensive Player of the Year Kevin Garnett and a bench that swarmed theÂ oppositionÂ (just ask Kobe Bryant) and they might be even better.Â
Projected Starters:Â PG – Rajon Rondo /Â SG – Ray Allen /Â SF – Paul Pierce /Â PF – Kevin Garnett /Â C – Â Kendrick Perkins
Additions:Â Bill Walker, Darius Miles,Â Patrick O’Bryant,Â Darius Miles,Â J.R. Giddens
Losses: James Posey,Â PJ Brown, Scot Pollard
Projected Wins:Â 60+
Ray Allen, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett will dominate the headlines but their measure of success reliesÂ on the bench.Â The Celtics added much needed young legs to their bench and will be scary despite the lose of James Posey and PJ Brown. Especially ifÂ J.R. Giddens,Â Darius Miles andÂ rookieÂ Â Bill Walker can provide that same defensive spark off the bench as a platoon. Â
At the very least the Celtics are poised to make the conference finals andÂ the chances of a repeat looks good, if team defense is the straw thatÂ stirsÂ the drink once again.