October 7, 2010 — Celtic Nation staffer Bobby Krivitsky offers his take on the Celtics’ prospects for the upcoming season —
Danny Ainge had a tremendous offseason: The 2012-2013 Celtics are the deepest of Kevin Garnett’s tenure. This offseason, the team got younger, more athletic and more versatile.
The keys to a successful season are the same, but the issues appear to have been addressed effectively. Health will play a major role in how far the team goes this season. This includes Avery Bradley, who is recovering from offseason surgery on both shoulders.
With all of the new faces this season, it is imperative that the Celtics are able to come together and form a cohesive unit. This of course is the focal point of the team’s current trip overseas.
The Celtics will develop chemistry and learn how to play with one and other. This is the largest factor in the team being able to limit turnovers, which they had 25 of in the loss to Fenerbahce.
If the Celtics stay healthy, then given the injection of youth the team received this offseason, the team appears poised for a 58 win season and second place in the Eastern Conference.
As for the playoffs, a healthy Celtics team is a dangerous one. If the team is gelling and the bench is producing at both ends of the floor, a return trip to the Eastern Conference Finals seems likely.