The Boston Celtics’ offseason probably didn’t unfold the way most fans wanted it to. The team didn’t retain Al Horford or Kyrie Irving, and they weren’t able to trade for Anthony Davis.
The team’s two most prominent acquisitions were point guard Kemba Walker and big man Enes Kanter. Not shabby at all, but not mind-blowing either.
Nevertheless, Celtics GM Danny Ainge is trying to put major positive spin on the signings. Today, he told the media that Kemba and Kanter were the team’s ‘Plan A.’
Danny Ainge: “Our Plan A was Kemba Walker and Enes Kanter.”
— Jay King (@ByJayKing) July 17, 2019
Now, Kemba has made the All-Star Game the last three years and was third-team All-NBA this past season. He’s a star, and can legitimately be argued as a ‘Plan A’ free agent, considering Boston probably went into the summer knowing Kyrie was leaving.
But Kanter? He’s a fantastic offensive player and an active rebounder whose defense leaves something to be desired. Overall, he’s a downgrade from Horford.
All of this doesn’t mean Boston is done for in the East. The Bucks and 76ers should be the top two seeds, but the Celtics are in the mix right behind them.
So much depends on Walker being his usual self, Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum taking necessary steps forward and Gordon Hayward regaining some of the form he lost due to his leg injury.