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Boston Celtics among NBA’s best starting fives for the 2022-23 season in new Bleacher Report ranking

The Boston Celtics have had by most accounts probably the greatest offseasons within the league, including to the beginning 5 that carried them to inside two wins of an NBA title within the 2022 playoffs. And there’s been a good quantity of justified assume items and podcasts making an attempt to kind out simply the place the Celtics’ roster sits subsequent to the opposite prime groups within the league.

However the place do they challenge when it comes to the gamers who will play the group’s most vital (and most frequent) minutes? Whereas Boston actually has a declare to one of many deepest rosters within the league, the place do their starters stack up in opposition to the league’s elite franchises?

Bleacher Report’s Grant Hughes not too long ago took a stab at such an train, and put Boston second total within the league, simply forward of the Philadelphia 76ers and simply behind the Golden State Warriors.

Marcus Good, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, Al Horford, and Robert Williams III have been in fact the gamers in query, trailing the Dubs’ Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Andrew Wiggins, Draymond Inexperienced, and Kevon Looney.

The Celtics have been deemed a bit higher than the 76ers’ James Harden, Tyrese Maxey, Tobias Harris, PJ Tucker, and Joel Embiid.

“This group does most of its injury on protection, holding opponents to 94.8 factors per 100 possessions final season, adequate to rank within the 96th percentile amongst all lineups,” writes Hughes.

“With DPOY Good on the level of assault, switchable wings in Tatum and Brown, and cell bigs in Horford and Williams, Boston has all its bases coated. It doesn’t matter that the Celtics’ beginning 5 solely scored at a fee that ranked within the 71st percentile throughout 2021-22; it had sufficient stopping energy on the opposite finish to supply blowouts on a nightly foundation.”

“Projecting forward, Brown and Tatum are nonetheless younger sufficient to make incremental enhancements on each ends that ought to offset slippage from Horford as he enters his age-36 season,” provides the B/R analyst.

Ought to Horford decline, the Celtics can flip to Grant Williams as an alternative, in line with Hughes.

“Lineups together with Williams in Horford’s spot final season have been shockingly even higher, hammering opponents by 33.3 factors per 100 possessions,” he suggests.

In Hughes’ eyes, Boston is the title favourite going into the 2022-23 season, significantly due to the “depth-boosting additions of Malcolm Brogdon and Danilo Gallinari”.

However much more than reveling within the coup of an offseason the Celtics have had, per the B/R analyst, “the Celtics first unit ought to stay the largest supply of optimism.”

This publish initially appeared on Celtics Wire.

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