Celtics ranked No. 7 in ESPN’s offseason NBA power rankings
Boston went on to sign Kemba Walker to a max deal and also landed big man Enes Kanter.
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.