The new look Boston Celtics are ready to be a legit competitor for the next 5-7 years. The team is stacked with high end draft talent and proven all stars. Their young players look to have real potential. This includes Tatum who has technically not played a single NBA game, but it already gaining the respect of GMs across the league. The ages of the players line up perfectly to dominate the league in the post-Warriors/Lebron era. Here is a snapshot of the ages and where the core players were drafted.
Al Horford – Drafted 3rd Overall Age:31
Gordon Hayward – Drafted 9th Overall 27
Kyrie Irving – Drafted 1st Overall Age:25
Marcus Smart – Drafted 6th Overall Age:23
Jaylen Brown – Drafted 3rd Overall Age:20
Jayson Tatum – Drafted 3rd overall Age:19
Marcus Morris – Drafted 14th Overall Age:27
Terry Rozier – Drafted 16th Overall Age:23
Guerschon Yabusele – Drafted 16th Overall Age:21
After Horford, the ages drop significantly. Led by an in his prime Gordon Hayward and an entering his prime Kyrie Irving, this team will be able to grow together over the next couple years. As the amazing Golden State Warriors are slowly strangled by luxury tax over the next couple years, it will begin to leave them vulnerable. This timeline is set perfectly with the current celtics roster. The rookies will turn into young players on favorable contracts while the stars are really starting to hit the epitome of their prime surrounded by a team with good chemistry and experience playing together. Hopefully, they will already have experience with deep playoff runs as well.
There is still plenty of rumors of the Celtics going after another big name superstar like Anthony Davis, but even if that never happens, this team is ready to compete now and for many years to come.