Boston Celtics ranked 13th in NBA in latest ESPN power rankings

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The Boston Celtics find themselves ranked 13th in the NBA in ESPN’s most recent power rankings, just behind the Dallas Mavericks and Golden State Warriors and just ahead of the New York Knicks and Portland Trail Blazers.

“The Celtics essentially swapped Kemba Walker and Evan Fournier for Al Horford, Dennis Schroder and Josh Richardson, opting for financial flexibility and better roster balance over keeping their two top free agents,” observes ESPN’s Tim Bontemps regarding the franchise’s busy offseason. “It presents an interesting puzzle for new coach Ime Udoka to solve, as the Celtics still believe they haven’t done enough to move up the standings much beyond the seventh-place finish they recorded last year.”

It’s unclear what Bontemps means regarding his observations on where the Celtics think they stand in terms of the team’s potential for 2021-22, but this ranking seems about right given all the unknowns facing the team and the ongoing arms race in the East.

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