The Boston Celtics begin their 2013/14 season this week without their star men. Having lost head coach, Doc Rivers, to the Clippers as well as franchise players, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett, to the Nets for Draft picks further down the line, there is an air of pessimism in the camp right now.
Many Celtics basketball fans on www.betfair.com have already resigned themselves to watching a .400 team at best this year labour at the bottom of the Atlantic Division. It’s a young side with heaps of potential but nothing more than that, which is why Boston are a good bet to finish rock bottom of the Eastern Conference.
One glimmer of hope remains, however, and that is in point guard, Rajon Rondo. The 27-year-old played some sublime basketball last season alongside Garnett, Pierce, and Gerald Wallace but now expectations are on him alone. Unfortunately, for Boston, Rondo misses the season opening with an ACL injury for the but there is hope he will be back for the New Year.
So what does the future hold for this bright star? At 27, he’s probably got five more years at the pinnacle of the NBA and many Betfair punters would question his ambition if he chose to last them out at the Celtics.
Rondo is good enough to be an influential player in a Championship-chasing team and Boston certainly aren’t that.
However, the other option for this four-time NBA All Star is to stick it with the Celtics and help develop a new, young side capable of making the Finals Series once more. With a host of picks over the next few Drafts, it’s clear new head coach, Brad Stevens, wants to mature a young roster into a dominant team with identity.
Some fans in the Betfair forums believe that Rondo could lead that pack and reap the rewards, but it requires him to confirm he wants to stay in Massachusetts.
Free agency and the signings that it brings are often accompanied by lots of hype, media fanfare and another large portion of hype.
But not all of the signings that take place that way are like that, some happen in an understated way. Indeed some of the better signings and business are completed like this and the players go on to have a greater impact than some big name buys.
Often they are players that are not stars but are that piece of the jigsaw that will make a side function and perform. Here’s three such signings that we think will have an impact this season but without all the media hype and hoop-la that often comes with the arrival of bigger stars.
Last season the Indiana Pacers were weak from off the bench, in fact there were not many worse sides in that department in the NBA. To put it in perspective, the Pacers scored 24.1 points per game with the bench, well behind the league-leading Dallas Mavericks and their 41.5 points per contest.
With the Eastern Conference getting tougher the Pacers can’t afford to have a poor bench again - that’s what C.J. Watson will bring to the side, just as he did with the Brooklyn Nets last year, and he’ll be the one to arrest the decline when George Hill needs a rest.
Another side that had a poor bench squad last year were the Portland Trail Blazers and they needed quality backups in nearly every position this year. It’s a position that they have addressed with plenty of new signings to the squad including Mo Williams, C.J. McCollum, Thomas Robinson and Robin Lopez.
All of those are worthy of a bigger fanfare than Dorrell Wright but he may turn out to be one of the more important signings for the Blazers, despite flying under the radar. He struggled last season but wind the clock back two years and he was involved in a breakout year with the Golden State Warriors and is still only 27 years old. All the Blazers need from him is some shooting off the bench, and that's exactly what Wright can offer to good effect.
Completing the trio is Jarrett Jack and punters at Betfair.com think he’s possibly the most surprising low-key free-agent signing of the summer. In fact it received very little attention which is amazing as he will provide a wonderful backup to both Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters. His all-round game is solid and he’ll make a contribution no matter what role he is cast in. This is a great signing for the Cleveland Cavaliers especially as they needed a veteran presence to bolster their playoff chances and in Jack they have certainly found one.
July is the month where seasons begin to take shape and MLB teams can quickly find themselves in the run-in for postseason qualification or completely out of the race. There are probably 11 teams we can discount from making the postseason, as the leaders in each division push the 50-win mark early this month. Predicting who will make the playoffs at this stage is a tricky business but many fans betting MLB World Series can already read the form and are backing their horses. Here’s our breakdown of who should hit October and who will fail: American League: Certainly, the more competitive of the two leagues this season, at time of writing (Wednesday morning) the AL boasts nine teams that all feasibly stand a chance of making the top five. Boston and Oakland have run away with their respective divisions and are set for automatic Divisional Series progress this fall, yet the AL Central is still up for contention. The Indians have set the pace with a five-game win streak yet Detroit will not want to surrender that lead. The pair are neck and neck in this division and whoever finishes second should pinch a wildcard. The same could be said for the AL West where Texas are chasing down Oakland, meaning bad news for the Orioles, Yankees and Rays – there’s no sixth wildcard spot behind runaway AL East leaders Boston. National League: While Atlanta look good for a World Series challenge this year – dominating the NL East by seven games as they are – Pittsburgh will fancy themselves credible contenders after they broke the 50-win barrier against the Brewers on Sunday. The Cards may catch them to top NL Central but Pittsburgh should still have enough in the tank for a wildcard pick above one of the other two divisions. In the NL West, Arizona remain top of the division despite a five-game losing streak, which proves just how uncompetitive their division is. Fans of MLB betting should stay away from this unpredictable NL West and back the Braves to make October with the Nationals making up the second WC.
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