3 Bold Too Soon Boston Predictions For The 2022-23 NBA Season

After a disastrous start to the season, the Boston Celtics have rebounded in a major way. They posted the all-time best record (51-31) for a team that was under .500 (20-21) halfway through the season and won almost everything. With the C’s missing two games to win the NBA Finals, the 2022-23 NBA season will be a fresh start for Boston in its search for an elusive 18th championship.

For the most part, the same team that made a deep run in last year’s playoffs is back, assuming a big trade with Kevin Durant isn’t made. The Celtics haven’t lost any major talent, but rather gained some new strength, so expectations in Beantown are high for next season.

Although the actual start of the regular season is still months away, it’s never too early to predict what might happen. Here are three bold predictions for the Celtics ahead of the 2022-23 campaign:

Boston Celtics 2022-23 Predictions

3) Malcolm Brogdon wins Sixth Man of the Year

Boston’s biggest offseason addition was arguably former Rookie of the Year and near-All-Star Malcolm Brogdon. Following a trade with the Indiana Pacers, the Celtics landed the 29-year-old guard who is gifted both offensively and defensively.

He provides the C’s with more point guard depth due to his passing and playing ability, however, that doesn’t mean he’s going to start. According reports by Mark Murphy of the Boston Herald, Boston views Brogdon as a sixth man and will likely launch Marcus Smart at point guard. While it can’t be confirmed how things will play out, Brogdon has averaged over 10 points per game for every season of his six-year career regardless of minutes, so there’s no reason to thinking he won’t thrive in any game time situation.

If Brogdon does come off the bench, he still has the talent to score and defend at an elite level, making him an easy choice for a potential sixth man of the year. The only thing standing in his way at this price is a history of nagging injuries, but hopefully he avoids the injury bug in his first Celtics season.

2) Jayson Tatum Wins MVP

The 2022 NBA Finals weren’t kind to Jayson Tatum, and he received more than his fair share of criticism for his disappointing performance. But that doesn’t mean he’s not capable of bouncing back in the 2022-23 season and winning the league’s top regular-season award.

Tatum had a fantastic regular season despite what happened against the Golden State Warriors in the Finals. His averages of 26.9 points, 8.0 rebounds and 4.4 assists were all career highs, and that was enough to earn him All-NBA First Team honors. What’s more, he led the Celtics through their excellent second half of the season and even received MVP votes when all was said and done.

It won’t be easy to piece together another MVP-caliber regular season, but the 2022-23 campaign comes with an interesting change for Tatum: he’s rarely had so much rest before a new season. In 2019, he spent his summer playing in the FIBA ​​Basketball World Cup for Team USA. In the summer of 2020, he played in the NBA bubble, where Boston fell to the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals. The following year, he helped the United States win gold at the Tokyo Olympics. This offseason, he was told to go on vacation and hasn’t played basketball at a high level at all, unless you count his defense on his son Deuce.

Summer camps aside, Tatum is entering the new season more rested and motivated than ever. With that in mind, an MVP season for the young star isn’t out of the question.

1) The Celtics surpass the 2021-22 win bar and return to the Finals

As mentioned earlier, the Celtics’ 51 wins last season were impressive considering their terrible start. For the new improved C’s, it shouldn’t be that hard to get above .500 mid-season. With returning stars and a revamped roster, it’s more than possible for Boston to get off to a strong start and achieve an even better win count.

A well-rested Tatum, an angry Jaylen Brown (because of all the rumors), a newly acquired Brogdon, a DPOY-winning Smart and a returning frontcourt with Al Horford and Robert Williams III make a solid rotation. The Celtics have undeniably improved since the Finals, so it’s not incredible to think they can come back.

While reaching the Finals is easier said than done, Boston also has a strengthened bench with sniper Danilo Gallinari and high-flying rookie JD Davison. So with more depth and more strength at a once-weak point guard position, there’s plenty of hope for another long Celtics playoff streak.

Whether or not a repeat of the Finals in the Celtics’ 2022-23 season will result in a championship is the real question. But if there ever was a championship window for the C’s, it’s now.

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