The Celtics have flown off the radar where basketball odds makers are concerned as they’re listed at +17500 to win the 2013-2014 NBA Championship. Prospects look bleak of this team defeating the defending champion Miami Heat and Lebron James.
With the lack of experience and major offensive threats on this squad, who will Rajon Rondo pass the ball to? How will his lack of experienced team members affect your sports betting?
He might be only 27 years-old, but the torch has been passed to point guard, Rajon Rondo. Along with a drop in talent personnel-wise, Rondo has to worry about recovery from an early season ending injury from last season. If anyone can overcome the odds, it’s Rajon Rondo. Rondo is known for his ability to hustle and has one of the highest basketball I.Q.’s in the game. Look for his point total to go up as the Celts have a lot of offense to make for while Rondo gets the younger players on the team involved; he’s invaluable.
Green In Green
One player to expect dramatic improvement from is power forward Jeff Green. When he got the playing time, he took advantage of it and proved that he’s a major offensive threat. Without Garnett and Pierce on this team, the door is open for Green to average 20 plus points per game this season. Last season, Green only averaged 27 minutes per ball game and we really only saw the exceptional offensive skills that he possesses during the latter stages of the season. He can be considered a James Harden type of player in which his minutes will increase and his statistics should as well.
Known to the fans and teammates as “Hump” Kris Humphries quietly got pushed out of the center of focus with the Nets and his playing time took a dramatic drop. People like to make jokes about his past personal life, but this guy is a baller.
Humphries stats and playing time took a dramatic drop from the 2011-2012 season to last season. In the 2011-2012 season, Humphries averaged 34.9 minutes, 13.8 points and 11 rebounds per game while last season he saw just 18.3 minutes per game while averaging 5.8 points and 5.6 rebounds per game. The fans of Boston are going to like Kris Humprhries as his skills haven’t diminished. Look for another double-double season out of “Hump”; he’ll be happy in Beantown.
Big Man, Big Hopes
The Celts traded to get the 13th pick in the 2013 NBA Draft to get 7 foot center Kelly Olynyk out of Gonzaga in hopes of being the future. Good teams in the NBA have to have a good big man in the middle. Olynyk was possibly thought of as a lottery pick and has a major upside with his offensive ability. Olynyk is an intelligent player that can shoot from 3 point territory. Is this the next Dirk Nowitzki that we’re looking at; Boston sure hopes that Olynyk fits the bill.
Without Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, there will be a dropoff in wins, but on the positive side, the Celtics get rid of age and have some considerable talent as they build for the future. This is a team that might surprise other teams and be considered a nuisance. Keep them in mind when placing your NBA picks this season.Join the discussion on the upcoming 2013-14 NBA season on SBRForum's basketball message boards!