Does Gordon Hayward make the Boston Celtics a championship contender? | The Tylt
The Boston Celtics celebrated the Fourth of July with a bang, agreeing to terms with free agent All-Star Gordon Hayward. The small forward reunites with Brad Stevens, who coached Hayward during his time at Butler. Hayward is a perfect fit for a team that made it to the Eastern Conference Finals last year. But LeBron James is still lurking in the East, and the Golden State Warriors look ready to dominate the NBA again. What do you think? 🍀 🏀
Does Gordon Hayward make the Boston Celtics a championship contender?
Look out, Cleveland. Boston is going to make sure you don’t just waltz to the NBA Finals like you did last year. With Hayward on board, the Celtics are going to be on top of the NBA hill once again.
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.— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) July 5, 2017
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.