“We made it to the playoffs this year and nobody expected us. Why not get to the championship? No one is expecting us to do it. Why not?”- Avery Bradley
There’s been a lot of talk about how the Celtics don’t have a “bona fide star” going into the season, and how the NBA is a “star driven league”, and that’s why the Celtics ultimately won’t go that far this season.
First, I don’t think that is all that true, but just my opinion. The Warriors had Steph Curry last year, but can we agree that he was a breakout star? Preseason expectations would have never predicted that. Maybe we have a breakout superstar in this roster, like Steph Curry was last year.
And second, even if we don’t have a breakout star, that doesn’t mean sh*t. You can have an high-performing starting lineup without a real star (think 2004 Pistons). The 2014 Spurs didn’t have a “superstar”. Sure Duncan is a Hall of Famer, but he’s not playing like a superstar in his late 30’s. Ditto for Tony Parker and Manu. The Spurs were a deep team, did a lot things well, most importantly played team basketball.
So it can be done without a superstar. Sure, it helps if you get one, but please don’t kid yourselves. I just hope that this is the year people change their opinions about success in the NBA. I hope it’s the 2015-16 Boston Celtics that completely change this myth.
With that said, good luck to Brad and boys on Causeway. Here’s to another great NBA season, Celtics fans.