We’re virtually prepared to show the calendar to 2023 and whereas we’re not but on the midway level of the yr, I at all times really feel reflective presently of yr, so I believed it was a ok excuse to look again at my Preseason SWAGs. Under are my guesses (in daring) and my up to date reactions to them.
Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown grow to be the primary Co-MVP teammates
Okay, so I leaned somewhat into the foolish a part of this one, however I nonetheless be ok with the spirit of it. Tatum is true within the thick of the particular MVP dialogue and Jaylen isn’t all that far behind him actually.
I’ll pause right here to say that Tatum’s narrative is basically going to assist him on this race. After final season’s rollercoaster journey and supreme Finals frustration, he’s come out on a mission. He’s main one of the best workforce within the league on each ends of the courtroom regardless of having a rookie head coach (extra on that later).
Jaylen is among the high 20 gamers within the league, full cease. So any and all criticisms of his sport (on this web site and elsewhere) ought to be thought of nit-picks at most. He nonetheless has some struggles however the positives far outweigh them. Contemplating that he usually will get 2nd billing to his teammate and finds a approach to thrive alongside him anyway is a testomony to his maturity.
Brad Stevens will NOT make a commerce earlier than the deadline
I nonetheless consider this. There could also be some minor around-the-edges transfer with Justin Jackson being moved to create a roster spot for the buyout market. Or maybe we transfer a number of the 2nd rounders now we have owed to us.
In principle we may do one thing with Pritchard and/or Gallo’s contract. You may see hypothesis about shifting Grant Williams earlier than he hits restricted free company, however I wouldn’t put any inventory in it.
Backside line: It ain’t broke, don’t repair it.
Grant Williams will begin the primary ever podcast recorded whereas on the courtroom enjoying
I do marvel if he’ll begin a Draymond like podcast or lean into some broadcasting gigs later in his profession. Williams is clearly a talker and unafraid to poke enjoyable at himself. That can serve him nicely in a 2nd profession after basketball. Within the meantime, nonetheless, he’s busy making himself some good cash on the basketball courtroom.
Joe Mazzulla turns into the primary ever Interim coach to win Coach of the Yr
I used to be half kidding once I wrote this however let’s simply assume I used to be utterly severe.
Once more, this award usually comes right down to the man with one of the best narrative (and among the best data). If we end at or close to the highest of the standings, he’ll be a finalist for this award.
Within the near-term, I’m hoping the Celtics can preserve their lead over the Bucks and the remainder of the East so Joe can coach the All Star sport.
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