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Chew on this: The Cavs, Celtics and Raptors combined still have barely more SuperPoints than the Warriors. That’s why the Celtics haven’t been considered legitimate championship contenders despite nabbing the Eastern Conference’s No. 1 seed.
The analytical look is a bit more favorable for the Celtics’ supporting cast. Jae Crowder ranked in the top 30 by RPM this past season (don’t look at Thomas’ ranking). But this Celtics team isn’t anywhere near the 2007-08 superteam that beat the star-studded Lakers in the NBA Finals.
How they move up: Signing Gordon Hayward helps, but he has been named an All-Star just once in his career and missed out on the latest All-NBA squad, giving him a whopping one point on this scale. He’s arguably a better player than some of the stars on this list, but no one would mistake the Celtics for a superteam yet. A Hayward-Thomas-Horford big three won’t rival Cleveland’s star trio, but they have plenty of youngsters who — with time to develop — could help in the superteam department.
For instance, Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown and the war chest of future first-rounders could produce a 2020 superteam in time for LeBron’s supposed decline. If Danny Ainge has a change of heart and pulls the trigger on a trade, look for the following names to be on their radar: Cousins, Jordan and Drummond.
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When asked for his take, given his role in forming two famous superteams, James pushed back: I don’t believe I’ve played for a superteam. I don’t believe in that. I don’t believe we’re a superteam here. So, no, I don’t really, I don’t.