The Boston Celtics have been a franchise on the up in recent years and one player is bullish on their chances going forward, saying success is going to continue in this coming season.
Isaiah Thomas, star point guard for the Celtics, told a group of reporters last weekend that “The NBA knows we’re going to be pretty good,” referencing the fact that Boston will be shown on National Television in the US 22 times this coming season, as opposed to seven last year.
“Teams know. Everywhere I go, everybody’s excited about the Boston Celtics. We’re just going to try to take steps forward. So we’ve got to bring it come October,” he added.
Thomas, who was selected to his first ever All-Star appearance for the Eastern Conference team last season, also declared to Fansided in an interview: “I’m gonna be an All-Star again and I want to be All-NBA.”
“I want all of that and I think it’s a realistic shot for me. Winning takes care of all individual success. I want to grow as a player as well. I’m getting better this summer and I want more. Whatever more is, that’s what I want,” he added.
Thomas, who is just five foot nine inches tall, is coming off an impressive season, where he helped lead the Celtics to the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference before they were knocked out of the playoffs in the opening round by the Atlanta Hawks.
He is excited that the team have also added two players with playoff experience, Al Horford, from the Hawks, and Gerald Green, who spent last year with the Miami Heat.
Commenting on the additions he said: “Gerald Green, he can guard multiple positions, he can shoot the ball, and he’s a high flyer. Al Horford is self-explanatory, he’s very versatile.”
And Thomas is right to be excited by the Celtics ahead of this season as their moves make them much stronger, Horford is a very smart acquisition by GM Danny Ainge as someone who was wanted by many NBA teams, particularly the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Additionally, as well as Green, Boston have the third pick in the draft, Jaylen Brown, heading into his anticipated rookie season alongside 16th pick Guerschon Yabusele, a highly rated French youngster, and their five other picks.
This means Boston will have one of the strongest overall rosters in the NBA come the start of the season in October, and with Brad Stevens, one of the best coaches in the league, Thomas and Celtics fans should be excited for the upcoming year.