SI.com Boston Celtics Preview: 3rd in the Atlantic?

Get your guard up - Anthony Gruppuso-US PRESSWIRE

SI.com puts the Celtics ranked 3rd in the Atlantic Division. I get that the Atlantic isn't as shallow as it once was, but I find it hard to believe that the Celtics are now ranked behind both the Knicks and Nets.

SI.com puts the Celtics ranked 3rd in the Atlantic Division. I get that the Atlantic isn't as shallow as it once was, but I find it hard to believe that the Celtics are now ranked behind both the Knicks and Nets.

New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets, more - Ian Thomsen - SI.com

With no young free-agent stars available for hire, the Celtics brought back their old names (or tried to, before Ray Allen escaped to Miami) for another year of contention. They'll use the regular season to weave in young complementary players like Courtney Lee, Jeff Green, Avery Bradley (who hopes to return before the new year after surgery on both shoulders) and rookie Jared Sullinger, who can provide much-needed rebounding. More important than their seeding in the conference will be the development of a deep roster that can support Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry for another run to the Finals. Pulling all of this together is Rajon Rondo, the last of the pure point guards, who remains hungry to prove he is the league's best at his position. The Celtics will be leaning on him more than ever.

Thomsen says all the right things here, or at least nothing I can refute, but I can't get over the ranking. 3rd? I mean, you sure you don't want to put the Raptors ahead of us too?

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