About Boston Celtics
Boston Celtics was founded in 1946 and it’s one of only 8 NBA teams that survived the league’s first ten years of existence. The franchise has won 17 championships which is the NBA record and having won nearly 25% of all NBA titles the Celtics are the most successful franchise in all four traditional North American pro sports, when looking at the percentage of championships won across all the leagues.
The team’s colours are green, gold, black and white and its mascot name is ‘Lucky the Leprechaun’ having some roots in Boston’s large Irish population. The team is a member of Atlantic Division in Eastern Conference and the Celtics have won the division 17 times. Their most known rivalry isn’t with a foe from its division but it goes all across to Western Conference, to Los Angeles Lakers which the Celtics have played in the finals record 12 times, having 9 wins in that particular match up.
Another notable rivalry is against the 76ers, a divisional enemy who the Celtics played record 19 times in playoffs winning 12 of them.
The team is coached by Brad Stevens whose job with the Celtics is his first coaching job in NBA after having coaching on NCAA level of basketball leagues.
The Celtics were quiet in nineties and early years of the century but since 2008 the team had been reaching playoffs fairly often. Two players out of starting five were traded to Celtics in 2015, Isaiah Thomas and David Lee.
Thomas, a point guard, who was traded from the Suns seemed to have caught a fresh breath with the team as since joining the Celtics early in 2015 he earned Eastern Player of the Week honours twice and after conclusion of the season he was named a runner-up to Sixth Man of the Year award.
Lee on the other hand, who plays as power forward/center, won championship with the Warriors in 2015 and due to a high salary cap was then traded to the Celtics where he joined to substitute Amir Johnson, team’s starting power forward who joined them the same off season as Lee.
There are players who have been with the team some time now, namely Jared Sullinger, another power forward who had been picked by Boston in 2012 draft. He is also capable of playing center position where he might feature in the starting line-up.
Avery Bradley, a guard, is another player selected in draft by the Celtics and playing with them since 2010 who has improved his offensive craft to go with well-developed defensive skills.