Originally posted on Celtics 24/7  |  Last updated 11/3/12
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.
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Giants owner: McAdoo was not pressured to give up play-calling

Report: Ezekiel Elliott’s team, NFL have discussed settlement

Rick Pitino says he passed lie detector test, had no knowledge of Adidas scandal

Gordon Hayward's agent indicates he's likely out for the season

Masahiro Tanaka joins Yankees legends with dominant Game 5 start

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Willson Contreras admires his work after crushing 491-foot home run

Jeremy Lin to have knee injury evaluated amid ‘tremendous concern’

Bulls' Mirotic out 4-6 weeks, Portis suspended eight games

Gordon Hayward to undergo surgery Wednesday night

Jim Harbaugh defends quarterbacks from blame for Michigan’s struggles

Gronk: Patriots told not to discuss Super Bowl LI this week

NFL Week 7 Predictions

The 'Can I have a quick sword with you?' quiz

College football 2017 Week 8 predictions

NFL Referee Hotline Bling: Austin Seferian-Jenkins drops a call

Blackhawks get extra depth on defense with newbies Rutta and Forsling

The 'Old faces in new places' quiz

Nikola Jokic: A throwback superstar for the modern era

25 questions heading into the 2017-18 NBA season

The 'Sure do hope you have a backup plan in place' quiz

Tale of the Tape: National League Championship Series

Sports & Politics Intersect: White House looms large over sports world for another week

The 'A butcher, a Baker, a touchdown maker' quiz

All Sports News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Yardbarker Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

NFL Week 7 Predictions

College football 2017 Week 8 predictions

The 'Can I have a quick sword with you?' quiz

NFL Referee Hotline Bling: Austin Seferian-Jenkins drops a call

Blackhawks get extra depth on defense with Rutta and Forsling

The 'Old faces in new places' quiz

25 questions heading into the 2017-18 NBA season

The 'Sure do hope you have a backup plan in place' quiz

Tale of the Tape: National League Championship Series

Sports & Politics Intersect: White House looms large over sports world for another week

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker