Brad Stevens and the Boston Celtics made it all the way to the Eastern Conference Finals last season before being eliminated by LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. It was a disappointing end of the season for the Celtics, but the future could not be brighter.
While the Celtics lost in the Conference Finals, they did so without having both Gordon Hayward and Kyrie Irving. Both players are stars and more than capable No. 1 options on any given night. Simply getting to that point with two key players missing was an impressive feat.
There were some good things that came from Hayward and Irving being forced to miss time due to injury. Young players like Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, and Terry Rozier were forced to step up and gained valuable experience. If the young players can take another step forward next season and Irving and Hayward are added to the mix, the Celtics are going to be the top team in the East.
Add in the fact that James took his talents to Los Angeles to play for the Lakers and things are even easier.
It will be very intriguing to see how the Celtics continue improving throughout the next couple of seasons. Danny Ainge has done an impressive job of putting talent together.
All of that being said, what three things can be taken away from the 2018 NBA offseason for the Celtics?
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