Despite all the turmoil the Celtics are dealing with, the addition of Malcolm Brogdon, who averaged 19.1 points, 5.9 assists, and 5.1 rebounds with the Pacers last season, has the defending Eastern Conference champions listed as the betting favorite to win the 2022-23 NBA title by SI Sportsbook.
The acquisition of Brogdon, coupled with Boston not losing any of the mainstays from its playoff rotation, puts the team in a position to overcome Ime Udoka's suspension and Robert Williams missing the start of the campaign.
Speaking at the conclusion of day two of training camp, Brogdon declared, "this is the most talented team I've played on." While the Bucks nearly went to the NBA Finals in his last year in Milwaukee, Giannis Antetokounmpo hadn't yet blossomed into a league MVP. The team also didn't have Jrue Holiday at that point in time.
Brogdon now joins a team where Jaylen Brown, who turns 26 at the end of October, is entering his prime, and Jayson Tatum is coming off a season where he earned All-NBA First Team honors.
At 29 and entering his seventh year in the NBA, Brogdon recognizes this may be his best chance at a championship and that he doesn't have many promising opportunities left before his career ends.
"I think it's about keeping everything in perspective and being honest with yourself about where you are in your career, what type of players you're playing with, and what your real goal is; is your goal to make money? Is your goal to get a lot of stats and outscore people, or is your goal to win? At this point in my career, my goal is to win, so I'm going to do everything I can to make sure that happens."