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New Celtic Amir Johnson defends Ben McLemore (23) of the Sacremento Kings while playing for the Toronto Raptors in Dec 2014.

New Celtic Amir Johnson defends Ben McLemore (23) of the Sacremento Kings while playing for the Toronto Raptors in Dec 2014.

(Jose Luis Villegas/Sacramento Bee/TNS with permission.)

(Jose Luis Villegas/Sacramento Bee/TNS with permission.)

New Celtic Amir Johnson defends Ben McLemore (23) of the Sacremento Kings while playing for the Toronto Raptors in Dec 2014.

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The Celtics acquired forward David Lee from the Golden State Warriors during the off-season. And, even though he didn’t play much last year (knee injury), he could see a lot of minutes this year due to his championship experience. The Celtics also acquired Amir Johnson (forward/center) from the Toronto Raptors. Although his statistics aren’t that impressive, averaging  7 points-per-game, he has experience, and could help build the chemistry that the Celtics need.

The Draft Picks

The Celtics took point guard Terry Rozier in the first round this off-season (Louisville), liking both his speed and how he played. Although he is only 6 feet 1 inch tall (short by NBA standards), Rozier is a great shooter and is fast, much like new teammate and Celtics veteran, Isaiah Thomas. R.J. Hunter has also had a great preseason averaging 15.6 points-per-game during the Vegas Summer League, and has not stopped tearing it up on the court. Jordan Mickey was drafted 33rd overall and has been impressive, ranking first this year in number of shots blocked during the Vegas Summer League and averaging 13.8 points-per-game.

Reason to Be Hopeful

Although the Bleacher Report thinks the Celtics will only go 35-37 this year, which won’t be enough to win the division, we think the team, under third year coach Brad Stevens, is set to improve on last year’s 40–42 record, and will return to the playoffs.

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