The Boston Celtics have had a busy offseason, but how much improvement can we really expect from this team?
Brad Stevens wasted no time changing the roster after replacing Danny Ainge as the president of basketball operations. His first major was move was trading point guard Kemba Walker to the Oklahoma City Thunder in June as part of a deal that included center Al Horford returning to Boston.
He's also acquired guard Kris Dunn, forward Bruno Fernando and wing Josh Richardson in trades, while adding guard Dennis Schroder in free agency for just the $5.9 million mid-level exception. Notable departures include Evan Fournier and Tristan Thompson.
Ime Udoka also was hired as the team's new head coach, and his defensive background should help Boston quite a bit on that end of the court.
How many wins could the Celtics realistically rack up during the 2021-22 NBA season? Oddsmakers see the C's being right around the 50-win mark.
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Here's the latest over/under season win total number and betting lines for the Celtics ahead of the new campaign -- odds provided by our partner, PointsBet Sportsbook.
- Over 47.5 wins: -130 odds
- Under 47.5 wins: +110
So, the Celtics are favored to go OVER the 47.5 number. This makes sense, considering the C's have won more than 47.5 games in five of the last six seasons.
The one year they failed to reach the 48-win mark was 2020-21, when the league played 72 games instead of the normal 82 due to the COVD-19 pandemic. The C's finished 36-36 and wouldn't have hit the 48-win mark in a normal 82-game season at that pace.
The Celtics went 48-24 in the pandemic-shortened 72-game season of 2019-20. You could make a strong case that this year's roster is better than that 2019-20 squad. Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown definitely are better and both still have plenty of room for improvement despite coming off All-Star seasons. Boston's bench also is improved with the additions of Richardson and Schroder.
The Celtics won't enter the upcoming campaign among the NBA title favorites, but there's still plenty of talent on this roster. A top-four seed and a 50-win regular season are not unrealistic goals.