Yup…you heard it right: I’m saying right here, right now that the 2012-13 Celtics are not only better than last year’s bunch, they MAY even be better than the team that won it all in 2008!
Nothing like jumping right in with both feet, right?
"Is this cat surrouss?" Well, yeah, I AM surrouss.
Hey, even looking through my decidedly jade-colored glasses as one of Boston’s hardest dying C’s fans, I realize that many a paper champion has been crowned in the late summer months and early preseason only to sh*t the bed come postseason (listen up, Lost Angel-Less Flakers!), but there is some pretty sound logic backing up my statement. Hell, I even have a color-coded chart to go with it!
Pretty high tech stuff, no?
Okay, no. But, still...
The green highlights represent the best player in the box from the three Celtics teams in question, with the yellow highlighting players that are either even or have no distinct advantage over the other highlighted player. Notice which team has the most green players?
Now, that said, am I guaranteeing a parade on Causeway this coming June? Well, let’s downgrade my predictions to a strong premonition. For all of Danny Ainge’s inspired low-cost/high quality tinkering, a handful of other teams around the league have also gotten stronger.
New Jersey Brooklyn may have one of the best paper teams in the league, Philadelphia has lost a couple of names but more than makes up for it with the acquisition of Andrew Bynum, the douchey champion Miami Heat still have to be considered contenders (even in spite of the addition of Rashard Lewis!) until proven otherwise as do runners up Oklahoma City (though the loss of Harden may hurt) and even the Lakers have improved with the addition of Dwight (I Just Want You To Love Me) Howard, Steve Nash, Jodi Meeks, and the calcifying seasoned veteran Antawn Jamison.