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Happy Thanksgiving! What are you thankful for as a Boston Celtics fan?

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As a Boston Celtics fan, what are you thankful for this season? In the United States today is Thanksgiving, a holiday in which we give thanks for the things we are grateful for in our lives. (We also eat loads of turkey and stuffing until we can't get up off of our seat, but that's beside the point.) As Celtics fans, despite a slow start this year, I believe there is plenty to be thankful for.

Thank you for a bright future

With young talent like Avery Bradley, Kelly Olynyk, and Jared Sullinger, nine first round draft picks in the next five years, and a star point guard in Rajon Rondo now entering his prime, the Boston Celtics are primed to compete for a championship if everything develops accordingly.

Boston's win-loss record hasn't been satisfying this season, but plenty of progress has already being made. The youngsters are beginning to realize their potential, and I expect to see an improved team by the end of the season. Progress requires patience, and I have plenty of it, especially knowing the end result will be a great one.

Thank you for Brad Stevens

I thought it was a miracle when the Boston Celtics hired Brad Stevens, and I still feel that way today. How did Danny Ainge manage to rip him away from Butler? I'm sure having a storied franchise that has won 17 championships helps, but it still stuns me. Stevens is a man that I consider to be the NBA's next great head coach, and he has begun to demonstrate that this year.

Coach Stevens preaches a "we not me" philosophy, which his players are clearly buying into, as they respect each other and have shown a willingness to pass the ball. I believe that culture is being developed thanks in part to the example Stevens sets. As the talent flourishes over the next few years, I fully expect Brad Stevens to prove himself as one of the best coaches in the NBA.

Thank you for the last six years

It's hard to think that without this last era of Celtics basketball, the future wouldn't be as promising as it is. The past six years have truly been a joy to follow. Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Doc Rivers, and yes, even Ray Allen, all played a large part in some of the greatest years in Celtics history, including Banner 17 in 2008.

2013 will always be the year it all came to the end, but I am thankful it happened. There will never be another Pierce or KG, but I hope the Boston Celtics have championship hopes once again sooner rather than later.

So, how about you? As a Boston Celtics fan, what are you thankful for? Let me know in the comment section below, or click below to tweet me! Happy Thanksgiving!