The last few days, it's been rather boring in Celtic news. All there is, is the current waiting on Jeff Green to ink his deal. Beyond that, there is not a whole lot going on.
So, while talking with other Celtic enthusiasts, a question was posed. Where do you think the Celtics will seed this year? My initial thought was, "Fourth Seed. I don't see them doing much better than they did last year."
I didn't actually say 4th seed, it was just what I had thought (Just in case said person reads this). After an initial response, I examined the question further. I also took the liberty to review this link (Ranking how each team has done this off season on a basic letter grade on ESPN) Members Only to read this. It was interesting and with further review, I immediately responded with a different answer. I would say 3rd seed, with the chance of having a heated battle with the Bulls for the 2nd seed.
Let's be honest, what team in the Eastern Conference has actually made a strong improvement? Of course we have to admit Miami has with the addition of Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis. So let's just leave them out of this discussion (maybe there is still a little bit of bitterness in me). After that, what other Eastern Conference team has had a good off season to improve their roster? Well, clearly the Celtics have. As Celtics fans, we all know what has happened this off season to create a stronger team than last year. Let us continue, what other team could have possibly become a more powerful roster? Well, one would have to hand it to the Brooklyn Nets. Not that the team has become a more deep team but it has made a trade to add some scoring power. I would say they have definitely made some advancements. From there, it is difficult to find a single Eastern Conference team who has made a strong (keyword! STRONG) case to being a better team than last season. The Hawks have made some decent move getting Lou Williams. I wouldn't say that the team is a whole heck of a lot stronger though. They've tried to replace Joe Johnson scoring with Lou Williams. The team clearly has not made any huge advancements.
Beyond what I have already mentioned, there are almost no teams who have improved. Let's examine the teams who made the play offs last season. Philadelphia - They waived Elton Brand, lost out on Kaman, and lost Lou Williams. Added Nick Young and Kwame Brown. Essentially, the team is a wash at best, and that's being very generous to Kwame Brown's skills (Philadelphia is discussing starting Kwame Brown & Spencer Hawes together). The Knicks have not made any clear gains from last season. Yes, they gained Jason Kidd and Raymond Felton to replace Linsanity (which they never had in the play offs). Also, they lost Landry Fields to I believe the Raptors? I'd call that a wash. The pacers have not made any enormous gains, without going into all of the details, that team has created a wash if not possibly getting a little worse. Do I even need to mention Orlando? So far the only real thing they have done is lose Ryan Anderson. Not much of a change, except getting worse.
Finally, we have the Bulls. They lost John Lucas III and CJ Watson and Omer Asik... They gained Nate Robinson. That is not a wash. Not to mention, Derrick Rose isn't predicted to return until January? This leaves the Bulls with the possibility of NOT having a good first few months of the season. This is the team I can see fighting fiercely with the Celtics for that 2nd seed. Without D-Rose and a lot of the Bulls depth from last season, there could be some minor issues with that team.
I have not forgotten the other teams, such as Toronto who has clearly become a better team. Other teams in the Eastern Conference may have made gains (Bobcats), while others stayed the same (Milwaukee), and others have just gotten worse (Detroit). I don't see their gains as being enough to threaten a Celtic 2nd seeding.
Of course, this is just one fans opinion. Feel free to vote. Also, I realize this is too soon in the season to be discussing the end. Take this as an examination of this off season and where it may leave the Celtics next year. Keep it clean and respectful please.