For the next few weeks, ESPN Boston is having a writer’s roundtable. Celtics scribes from different corners of the basketball blogosphere contribute thoughts on various topics relating to the C’s, and all these thoughts are put together in one convenient place for your viewing pleasure. Today’s topic: Boston’s regular season record. Here’s my contribution to the discussion:
Tom Westerholm, Celtics Town (59-23)
With a team of aging veterans, the Celtics’ regular seasons have been a lot like the TV show 24. They’re kind of entertaining, we know their general premise before they even begin, and hopefully every character survives the season. Call us when Breaking Bad (the playoffs) start. With the additions of Courtney Lee, Jared Sullinger and (presumably) Jeff Green, and with Avery Bradley returning, the Celtics, though still elderly at their core, are becoming younger elsewhere. Last year the Celtics’ winning percentage was .590 during the regular season. A winning percentage of .590 over 82 games adds up to slightly more than 48 wins. However, after the All-Star break the Celtics were 24-10, a winning percentage of .705, which is a testament to how much better they were with Bradley starting in Allen’s place. A winning percentage of .705 adds up to roughly 58 wins for an 82-game season. Bradley should be starting for most of the year when he returns, and the bench has seen extremely significant improvements, even without Ray Allen.
Check out the full link for thoughts from ESPN Boston’s Greg Payne and Chris Forsberg as well as CelticsHub’s Brian Robb. I want the record to show, however, that of the four writers who appeared on the roundtable, my projected record was the highest. Let no one call me a pessimist again.
Seriously though, it’s a fun exercise and a good chance to get an overall feel for how the rest of Celtics nation is feeling about the upcoming season. Be sure to check it out, and we will keep you updated here as well.