Despite being one of the finest teams in the NBA, the Boston Celtics have yet to win an NBA title.
Brad Stevens rearranged the deck this summer, trading Marcus Smart and Grant Williams for Kristaps Porzingis,
Oshae Brissett, Svi Mykhailiuk, and Dalano Banton. Jordan Walsh was the only addition made on draft night.
Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated claims that Smart and Williams' departures will significantly alter Boston's identity.
The Celtics had a reputation for being a defense-first club under Stevens and Ime Udoka.
Mannix thinks that the offensive emphasis under Joe Mazzulla could work against Boston.
Mannix recently stated in a mailbag article that Boston "muscled its way to the Finals with a defensive identity in 2022."
They weren't quite as efficient on defense last year, but they still placed in the top three. I'm unsure of the identity going into this season.
One of the best perimeter defenders in the NBA was Smart. Williams was a versatile player despite his shortcomings.
I don't believe the Celtics are winning championships by relying more on their offense than their defense.
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