Yes the NBA season is still months away, but it is never too early to get your predictions out there. This "Celtics 2016 Season Predictions" may in fact turn into a little series. This first part I am going to stick strictly to what I believe will be the Celtics record come the end of the season and just how far I think they will make it.
Let me get this out there...I predicted the C's would win 50 games in 2015. They did not. They ended up winning 48 total games, leaving them with a record of 48 wins and 34 losses. I went out on a limb to say that they would secure 50 wins, it was a bold prediction.
This 2016 season is different. They made a couple additions to the squad, including big man Al Horford. So now I will say it again, the Boston Celtics will win 50 or more games in the 2016 NBA Season. This is not as bold as me stating it last season. In fact, it should happen. If the Celtics cannot put together a 50-win season with this roster than something is wrong. They won 48 games last season and this offseason has only made them better.
They did lose a good scorer off the bench in Evan Turner, but I feel they made up for it in other ways. Not to get into player improvements and such (that will come in a later part of the series) but Terry Rozier, Marcus Smart, Jaylen Brown, and even Gerald Green may be able to spark something off of the bench this season and make up for that lack of scoring that Turner's absence now leaves.
So for the exacts...
It is my prediction that the Celtics will win 56 games this season. That would result in a 56-26 record. Yeah, now I am seeming a bit more bold again. 56-26 overall, 33-8 at home, and 22-19 on the road. All three of those are improvements of the 48-34, 28-13, and 20-21 they recorded last season.
So we got the numbers, but where will that put the Celtics at the end of the season? Well, they will secure the second seed in the Eastern Conference behind Cleveland, who will beat them in five games in the Eastern Conference Finals.
The Celtics are not a championship ready team yet, but they are showing constant improvement. As to how much improvement? We will just have to see how the 2016 NBA season goes to know for sure!