NBA Betting: Boston Celtics Offseason Team Report

Jordan Sharp

Thursday, July 25, 2013 2:24 PM GMT

The year was full of ups and downs in Boston last season, and the NBA Odds were not kind to them either.


The Celtics had yet another disappointing season in 2012-2013, and it led to multiple transactions over the summer, which has ended the run the Celtics have been on after winning the NBA Title in 2008. Boston will look immensely different when the season comes around, and they may be headed for a season where it won’t be too much fun to watch. This may not be the year to add Boston to your NBA Picks

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2012 recap 

After finishing 41-40 SU and 36-42-3 ATS, the Celtics lost to the Knicks in the first round of the playoffs. Rajon Rondo missed the second half and the playoff series due to tearing his ACL, and his return is questionable coming into the season. After yet another bad break, the Celtics have finally broken the band up, and look to be starting from scratch. 

Transactions

The first move of the offseason for the Celtics was to trade their coach, Doc Rivers to the Clippers. This brought back a first round pick in 2015, and after that, the rest of the dominos started to fall. The next move was a blockbuster, as Danny Ainge sent Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry to the Nets for three (possibly four) first round draft picks, Marshon Brooks, Gerald Wallace, Kris Humphries and Keith Bogans.

With the exception of maybe Brooks, the Celtics have no future plans for any of those guys after their contracts are up, and now are in full tank/rebuild mode, trying to be bad enough to get a high draft pick in 2014.

On top of being bad, I sincerely doubt they rush Rondo back from his surgery. There is no reason to bring Rondo back to a team that will be one of the worst in the NBA next season. There is also a possibility that if he does come back, he could be traded to a contender by the trade deadline. I doubt he gets traded if he doesn’t come back to the court first, but crazier things have happened, (remember Andrew Bynum)? 

The Celtics did this exact same thing when they tried to tank for Tim Duncan all those years ago. See how well that turned out? Brad Stevens will likely be a better NBA coach than Rick Pitino was in those years, but this roster will probably be worse.

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Future Odds

Don’t just take my word for it, the Celtics are 125/1 to win the NBA Title next season. There are only four teams with worse betting odds to win it all in 2014, and the Celtics are among eight or nine teams this season that are literally going to try to not be competitive. 

On the bright side of things, the Celtics are in better shape than any of the other tanking teams. Because of the trades to LA and Brooklyn and including their own picks, the Celtics have nine first round draft picks in the next five years. If they trade Rondo, which is a coin flip at this point, they could add another couple of first round picks to that stockpile. Boston will be just fine heading into the next three or four years, but for the next couple, they are going to be as bad as ever. 

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