As currently constituted, the Boston Celtics are well positioned to make one other run to the NBA Finals.
They obviously have two bona fide stars leading the charge in Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum, who continued constructing on his MVP-caliber campaign Monday with a 51-point effort in a win over the Charlotte Hornets.
The return of Robert Williams has fortified the frontcourt together with the play of Al Horford, Grant Williams and Luke Kornet. Marcus Smart and Derrick White are succeeding as pivotal guards within the rotation while Malcolm Brogdon has proven to be a difference-maker off the bench.
Even with all Boston already possesses, it may not stop Celtics president of basketball operations Brad Stevens from adding on the NBA trade deadline, which is just over three weeks away on Feb. 9. And former NBA executive turned ESPN analyst Bobby Marks knows what he would do if he was in Stevens’ shoes.
Marks would really like to see the Celtics acquire Latest Orleans Pelicans forward Willy Hernangomez for the value of two non-consequential second-round picks in 2023 and 2029.
Boston doesn’t have any glaring holes, but adding frontcourt depth may be seen as a necessity given the long injury history of Robert Williams. Hernangomez can be a slot in that regard.
The 6-foot-11 veteran plays exclusively across the basket and is averaging 6.9 points and 4.7 rebounds per game this season. Despite the fact that the Pelicans are currently riddled with injuries, he has fallen out of the rotation as he hasn’t played in five out of the last six games.