But how far?
With Hayward on board, will the Celtics beat the Warriors in the Finals? Can we even get by the Cavs?
My prediction for the 2017-2018 season is that the Celtics make it to the Finals, where they lose to the Warriors in Game 5.
Jaylen Brown’s growth coupled with Tatum’s infusion of offense will give us a new dynamic off of the bench. Taller players in Morris and Baynes should make things much harder for Love and Lebron. Hayward’s excellent shooting will make Thomas more of a threat as well (and vice versa).
Danny Ainge’s plan is coming to fruition. It seems like his fireworks were more of a slow drip. And the Celtics are all the better for it.