## Why The Celtics Should Not Pursue LeBron James Or Kawhi Leonard

With, the 2018 NBA Draft just hours away rumours are thriving around Causeway St. in Boston Since the Celtics went down in defeat in the Eastern Conference Finals against Cleveland the rumour mill is in full swing. In this post, we will cover three reasons why the team should stay pat at pick number27.

Why The Celtics Should Not Pursue LeBron James Or Kawhi Leonard

Brad Stevens Has Full Control                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Unlike the Cavaliers or a LeBron dream team the coach runs the Celtics. In five years Stevens has guided the club from a lottery team to a Finals contender. The squad has averaged 50 plus wins for three years in a row. Last season, for instance, the Celtics were without star players Gordon Hayward and Kyrie Irving. The result was a 55 win team and a trip to the Eastern Conference finals for the second year in a row.

This year’s Cavaliers club was mostly dysfunctional all season and was accused of quitting against the Warriors. For LeBron, this means the superstar is looking for his third new home. For the Stevens led Celtics the club can either stay at 27 or move up to acquire more assets.

Rumors Of Kawhi Leonard Coming To Boston

If General Manager Danny Ainge signs Kawhi Leonard the club will be getting one of the top five players in the NBA. Leonard who was Indiana’s number one pick in 2011 would give the Green a great two _way_ game.

In order to acquire  Leonard, from San Antonio the Celtics would have to break up the team’s nucleus of young players. At this point, it would not seem logical to give up Marcus Smart or Jaylen Brown plus others. With Gordon Hayward almost at 100% along with Kyrie Irving healthy getting Leonard is basically a fabrication.

Only Getting Better

Fora team that lost in the Conference finals two year’s in a row the team is only getting better. Not only will Hayward and Irving almost be fully healthy Ainge will most likely stay at number 27. With rumours of LeBron leaving Cleveland a healthy Celtics team can only get better in 2019. Unless LeBron signs with Philadelphia the Celtics should be a strong contender to with the Eastern Conference.                               _                                                  .

## Why The Cetics Still Have A Chance At The 2018 Finals

Head Coach Brad Stevens leads his 55-27  Celtics to the opening round of the 2018 NBA Playoffs. All things considered, Stevens did a masterful job guiding the Celtics to a second seed despite a quarter of a roster injured. In this post, well examine three areas the Celtics need to focus on beating the Bucks and still have a chance at 2018 NBA Finals.

Why The Celtics Still Have A Chance At The NBA Finals

Containing Antetokounmpo,

When discussing the Milwaukee Bucks the first name that comes to mind is    24 _year old power forward,   Giannis Antetokounmpo Otherwise known as the Greek Freak.  Aside from Antetokounmpo, the 44-38 Bucks are stocked with talent.   With a surrounding cast of Eric Bledsoe, Sterling Brown, Khris Middleton, Shabazz Muhammad, Milwaukee will be a handful for the Celtics.

Regarding coaching Milwaukee head coach Joe Prunty has transformed the Bucks into a serious playoff contender.

Celtics Injury Issues;

Overall, the Celtics had a very successful 2018 season. With injuries to key players, Gordon Hayward, Kyrie Irving, and Daniel Theis the Celtics are will rely on a strong performance from their bench to beat Milwaukee.  The group of Greg Monroe, Marcus Morris, Shane Larkin and Semi Ojeleye will have to play tough against Bledsoe, Middleton Antetokounmpo.  If they can contain the Freak, then they should have a decent shot at beating the Bucks. If the Celtics can get past Milwaukee guard Marcus Smart received clearance to play in round two. Smart has been for a month with a fractured thumb.

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## Three Attributes Kyrie Irving Brings To The Celtics

In just three short seasons Celtics General manager Danny Ainge has put together a Celtic team ready to challenge Golden Stae for The World Title. This past summer Ainge took one step to get him even closer to the World title. Ainge went out and signed free agent Gordon Heyward and acquired disgruntled Cavalier Kyrie Irving. In this post, we’ll look at three attributes Irving brings to the Celtics.                                                                                                                                                                                      First and foremost Irving brings a championship ring to the parquet. In his six years in Cleveland Irving won a world championship in 2015/16 against the Warriors. Also to his credit, Irving is a four_ time All_ star. But after a disastrous opening night, Irving witnessed new teammate Gordon Heyward go down with a broken ankle. To make matters worse it was determined that Heyward will be out for the remainder of the season and playoffs.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Despite the turmoil, Irving and the Celtics overcame adversity and enjoyed a sixteen game winning streak and a respectable first place standing with a 17-3 record at Thanksgiving.                                                                                                                                                                                                              After twenty games Irving is averaging 25 points per game and some games as many as 30. After six years of playing opposite LeBron,  he can finally be himself in Boston.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Coming to such a young team as the Celtics Irving brings leadership and experience to the Celtics young nucleus. Irving serves as a role model for youngsters Jaylen Brown and first _year player Jason Tatum. Despite the injury to Heyward, the Celtics still have enough to be the first seed in the East                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  With sixty games left Boston will still need contributions from all twelve bodies. In the off seasonAinge also added veteran swingman,  Marcus Morris for depth. Ainge paid dearly for it by trading longtime favorite Avery Bradley. Bradley a long time Celtic is one of the top three defensive players in the game.                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Being such a long season anything can happen such as the Celtics witnessed opening night to Gordon Heyward. But with Irving playing at such a high level and injury issues in Cleveland, things are looking good for Boston.  Despite being a great player Irving has many other attributes to offer the Celtics.

# Rumors never cease in Boston. The latest rumor from ESPN this week has the Celtics very interested in Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving. Let’s take a look at three factors why the Celtics shouldn;t make this deal.                                                                                                                                                                                                           Reson number one is Isaiah is currently the best best point guard in the NBA East. homas averages approximately 25-30 points per game. Irving avearages between 18-25 points per game.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Secondly Thomas is a better passer than Irving. This should mix well with the addition of small forward Gordon Hayward. The Celtics haven’t had a better passer since Rajon Rondo, or going further back which would of been Larry Bird.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Thirdly Thomas is a better three point shooter than Irving Thomas has an average of 350 or some stretches at 400. Irving is close behind but Thomas is slightly better.                                                                                                                                                                  Another point to consider is Thomas has been in the league longer than Irving. Thomas was originally drafted by the Kings. He was then  dealt to the Suns . GM Danny Ainge traded for Thomas three and a half years ago.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Irving is twenty five but is not as polished or experienced as Thomas. Thomas is well groomed in playoff competition as is Irving playing with LeBron for the past several years.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Boston needs to hang on to Isaiah . He is the heart and soul of the Celtics. Since coming over three and half years ago the Celtics are very close for winning the Eastern conference championship.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      During the playoffs Thomas lost his sister and got his tooth knocked out of his jaw all in one night. Plus he went on to participate in a   playoff game and it turned out to beone of the best games of his career.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Making a trade for Kyrie Irving would cost the Celtics dearly. Such a trade would cost the Celtics Thomas, Jae Crwder and either Jaylen Brown or Jason Tatum.  Not to mention the 2018 Laker pick they acquired just before the draft.                                                                                                                                                                            Make no  mistake about it Kyrie Irving is probably one of the top ten players in basketball. But if the Celtics want to cobtinue to advance in the playoffs they should not trade Isaiah Thomas.

## What Markelle Fultz Brings To The Table

With the NBA draft a few days away the Boston Celtics have the number one pick. With GM Danny Ainge at the helm their’s no telling what can happen.  The common name everyone expects is Wasington Husky sharpshooter Markelle Fultz. Personally I like Kansas small forward Josh Jackson.                                                                                                                                                                                                                       No matter how you look at either one will help and make your team better.Fultz has a field goal percentage of 64% and a three point percentage of 41%. This   is an area that the Celtics desperately need help in,especially in the playoffs.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The Celtics current group of Terry Rozier, Marcus Smart and Isaiah Thomas is   as good as it gets. Thomas is the bestpoint guard in the East. Rozier isin’t bad either. Marcus Smart however is one of the best shut down guards in the league but terrible offensively. So if the Celtics take Fultz he would be a nice shot in the arm. Thomas is a liability on defense and Fultz has a good reputation.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           This leads us to plan B.Kansas Jayhwk small forward Josh Jackson. Jackson has the perfect build for a wingman. He stands6’8” 207 lbs. Tough mentally and a great defensive reputation. Much better defensively than Fultz. With that being said the better choice for the Celtics is Jackson.                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Jackson led the Jayhawks to a 31-5 season record only to lose the Ducks of Oregon. Jackson shoots 37% from 3 point land and has a field goal percentage of 54% He also averages 7.5 rebounds per game.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         If the Celtics don’t take Fultz then Jackson is the perfect alternative. The Celtics never replaced hall of famer Paul Pierce since he left. Jackson has all the makings to be an elite NBA player.