Originally written on Celtics 24/7  |  Last updated 9/22/14
The stage is set for another successful season out of the Boston Celtics, a team that’s managed to round out its roster with some younger pieces, yet still was able to maintain its veteran core. Rajon Rondo, while still only 26 years old, has become a part of that core, as he’s teamed up with Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce to give the Celtics a Big Three over the past few seasons. Rondo’s pass-first mentality and toughness on both ends of the court is essential to Boston’s success, and if the point guard can continue to develop his offensive repertoire, namely his shooting stroke, the Celtics are going to be a tough out for everybody. The guard out of Kentucky averaged 11.9 PPG, 11.7 APG, 4.8 RPG and 1.8 SPG last season, and could very well improve on his numbers if he’s able to stay healthy. Adding a veteran guard like Jason Terry is going to help the Celtics tremendously too. Terry, now 35 years old, is still one of the most explosive scorers in the league today. He averaged 15.1 PPG, 3.6 APG and 2.4 RPG last season coming off the bench for the Dallas Mavericks, and will have a similar role for his new team. Replacing Ray Allen, Terry sure has to provide coach Doc Rivers with a ton of offense. Terry will be the primary backup to Courtney Lee, another free agent addition, but will see a lot of playing time no matter what. If he can provide a similar spark for the Celtics like he did with the Mavericks for all those years, watch out. Do these two guards make the Celtics a profitable team to side with in the NBA picks arena? Not necessarily, but they’re both integral parts of the squad and will play large roles throughout the season.
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