The Celtics don’t even need Paul George to reach the NBA Finals this year. Hayward gives the team everything it needs to make a championship run. He can take pressure off Isaiah Thomas, create his own shot and create for others. For a team that reached the conference finals with one All-Star, adding another will be huge for getting over the hump.
The Cavaliers and Warriors better watch their backs. The Boston Celtics are coming for the NBA title.
One All-Star is not going to magically make the Celtics better than the Warriors. Hell, they may not be better than the Cavaliers. Boston adding Hayward is nice, but he’s not the missing piece who will lead the Celtics in a league dominated by super teams.
I pity Gordon Hayward if Celtics fans expect him to have anywhere near Larry Bird impact on their team's chances of winning the East.
The Celtics overperformed last year with Thomas. Adding Hayward will put them right back where they were last year—getting nearly swept by the Cavs. No one can guard King James; Kevin Love is a matchup nightmare; and Kyrie Irving will only improve. Hayward is good, but he’s not good enough to overcome those odds.
Even if the Celtics do overcome Cleveland, they still have to deal with the Warriors. Kevin Durant just took less money so the team could retain Andre Iguodala, and give a supermax contract to Stephen Curry. The Celtics will be good, but to call them contenders is a stretch.