After a surprising playoff appearance last season coupled with compiling more talent during this past offseason, the Boston Celtics are ready to put their 2015-16 product on the hardwood during the NBA preseason, which is set to begin in a few weeks.
To continue with the surprises, many NBA pundits seem to think the Boston Celtics may have reached for their first-round draft pick, point guard Terry Rozier out of Louisville (No. 16 overall). Boston almost selected shooting guard R.J. Hunter later in the first round at No. 28, after he was one of the early darlings of the NCAA Tournament with Georgia State.
In addition to their draft picks, the Celtics signed Jae Crowder during the offseason, in addition to trading for veteran big men Gerald Wallace and David Lee in a trade with the defending champion Golden State Warriors.
How all these parts work together will be seen publicly for the first time during the Celtics’ first preseason game on October 14 against the division rival Brooklyn Nets at the Barclays Center. According to TiqIQ.com, Boston Celtics tickets have an average price of $70.95 with a get-in price of $6 for the preseason opener. The Celtics face the Knicks at Madison Square Garden two days later with an average price of $174.25 for their most expensive preseason game. After the Knicks, the Celtics have their first two preseason home games against the Nets and Knicks, respectively. Both games have average ticket prices of $45 or less.
Hipmunk.com can help out-of-town Celtics fans get their basketball fix before the regular season begins by offering Boston flights, in addition to hotels near TD Garden to complete a preseason NBA trip. The regular season begins on October 28 against the lowly Philadelphia 76ers at home with an average ticket price of $85.17.
Boston is excited to have Isaiah Thomas for a full season this year, as he was one of the Celtics’ great acquisitions before the trade deadline a season ago. Thomas played in 21 games for the Celtics last year and averaged 19 points in 26 minutes per game after being dealt to the club by the Sacramento Kings, the team that drafted him with literally the final pick in the 2011 NBA Draft (60th overall).
Of course, Boston has emerging young head coach Brad Stevens, who seems to be a superstar in the making in terms of coaches. The Celtics should be confident in trying to record a second straight playoff appearance this season, except this time, they’ll be hopeful they can get past the first round.