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Celtics

Survey data collected from team site writers and editors.

9.0

Out of 10

I trust in management and the coaching staff

9.5

Out of 10

I enjoy rooting for these players and this franchise

8.5

Out of 10

I am optimistic about the direction of the team

A Q&A with Jeff Clark of SB Nation’s Celtics site CelticsBlog.

What needs to happen for this to be an enjoyable season for Celtics fans?

The Celtics have their cake and they have their forks out, too. They are built to win now, so making a real run at the Cavaliers (or maybe even reaching the Finals) would be great. But they are built for the future too, so development from Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum would be a lot of fun as well.

Boston Celtics
Position Starters Bench
Guards Kyrie Irving Marcus Smart Terry Rozier Shane Larkin Abdel Nader
Wings Gordon Hayward Marcus Morris Jaylen Brown Jayson Tatum Semi Ojeleye
Bigs Al Horford Aron Baynes Guerschon Yabusele Daniel Theis

What makes Celtics fans most excited about this year? What makes Celtics fans most nervous?

I'm excited and nervous about the same thing. So many new and talented players raises the stakes and the expectations. Can they take LeBron James down before he hits his decline (or heads West)?

What storyline might a national audience be missing about the Celtics?

Brad Stevens has built his reputation by maximizing the talents of his players. Now he has the most talent that he's ever been given. How can he unlock more from established stars like Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward? How quickly can he bring along Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum?

Why should neutrals pay attention to the Celtics this year?

Because this could be the beginning of something beautiful.

What's your prediction for the season?

50-32, second in the East. With 10 new players, it could take some time to get on the same page but they should finish strong.