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Celtics ranked No. 7 in ESPN’s offseason NBA power rankings

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The Boston Celtics may not have the same types of high expectations they had a year ago at this time, but they are still ranked seventh in ESPN’s offseason NBA power rankings.

The Celtics not only lost Kyrie Irving and Al Horford to free agency, but they also traded Aron Baynes and saw both Marcus Morris and Terry Rozier sign elsewhere.

Boston went on to sign Kemba Walker to a max deal and also landed big man Enes Kanter.

The C’s will likely sport a starting lineup of Kanter, Jayson Tatum, Gordon Hayward, Jaylen Brown and Walker next season with guys like Marcus Smart and Robert Williams coming off the bench.

Once one of the deepest teams in the league, the Celtics have seen their depth take a massive hit this summer, but if Hayward is able to rediscover his pre-injury form, Boston could have one of the best starting units in the league.

The C’s are coming off a 2018-19 campaign in which they won 49 games, about 10-to-15 games less than what many expected them to win. They finished fourth in the Eastern Conference and swept the Indiana Pacers in the first round, but they then lost to the Milwaukee Bucks in the second round, completing what was one of the most disappointing seasons in the NBA.

Locker room issues plagued the club throughout the season, with Irving’s looming free agency spreading a cloud of uncertainty over the team and his inability to get along with the younger players on the roster causing significant issues.