Do Celtics Have Best Future In NBA? ESPN Ranks Only One Team Ahead Of Boston

by Nicholas Goss on Tue, Sep 11, 2018 at 5:56PM

Boston Celtics fans are very optimistic about the team’s chances of future success, and it looks like ESPN shares a similar sentiment.

ESPN’s Kevin Pelton unveiled his latest NBA Future Power Rankings on Tuesday, and the C’s come in at No. 2 with a score of 79.2. The categories graded were players, management, money, market and draft.

The two-time defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors were the only team ahead of the Celtics with an 84.6 score.

It’s not hard to see why the Celtics have a bright future.

They are loaded with veteran stars (Kyrie Irving, Gordon Hayward), young talent (Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum), the best general manager/assistant GM combo in the league (Danny Ainge/Mike Zarren), great ownership and a top-three head coach in Brad Stevens.

With a healthy roster entering the 2018-19 season, the Celtics are more concerned about winning right now than what might happen in the future. Ainge and Zarren have built a roster that should be able to compete for championships both in the short and long term, largely the result of shrewd drafting, good trades and luring marquee free agents.

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