The Boston Celtics were one game away from the NBA Finals last season. Boston would fall short losing a game 7 at home to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Cleveland would win the series 4-3 and advance to the finals to get swept by the Golden State Warriors.
Obviously, the Celtics shocked the world by reaching the Eastern Conference finals without their star players in Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward. However, last season helped developed Boston’s young talent in Jayson Tatum, Terry Rozier, Shane Larkin and Jaylen Brown.
Jayson Tatum. BANG. ??? pic.twitter.com/Oh0MrPS1cf
— Boston Celtics (@celtics) May 13, 2018
Now that King James has moved to the Western Conference the C’s are the clear favorites to win the east. Although the path to the finals looks bright for the Celtics they still need Hayward and Irving to return healthy. In addition to health, they need returning players to improve.
Last season Brown averaged 14.5 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.6 assists. Just in his second season, the 21-year-old increased his scoring average by 7.9 points. In order to ensure victory over the Philadelphia 76ers and Toronto Raptors, the Celtics need Brown to improve in 3 areas.