Celtics jump to No. 2 spot in latest ESPN power rankings

Celtics jump to No. 2 spot in latest ESPN power rankings

Good things come to those who wait.

The Celtics have been relatively quiet this summer compared to last summer and it’s paying off. ESPN placed the C’s at the No 2 spot in their latest NBA power rankings, behind the defending champion Warriors.

“The Celtics had one of the more snooze-worthy summers in the NBA, electing to simply bring back the same core from last season by re-signing defensive tone-setters Aron Baynes and Marcus Smart,” ESPN’s Chris Forsberg wrote of the C’s.

“And yet the Celtics will still emerge as one of the offseason winners because, with LeBron James heading west, and with Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward set to return from injury, Boston is the early favorite in the East.”

Forsberg lists first-round draft pick Robert Williams and EuroLeague guard Brad Wanamaker as key additions.

With the move from No. 4 in the rankings to the No. 2 spot, the C’s leapt over Houston who has fallen just one spot to No. 3. The Rockets have let both Trevor Ariza and Luc Mbah a Moute walk, still need to solve the Cint Capela situation and are gearing up to sign Carmelo Anthony.

The 76ers move into the No. 4 spot. Much like the Celtics, the Sixers haven’t done too much this summer as they lost out on every pick free agent signing, but the departure of LeBron James to the West makes the road to the Finals that much easier.

The Celtics were ranked the No. 1 Eastern Conference team, with the Sixers at No. 2 and Toronto at No. 3. Those are also the only three teams from the East ranked within the top-ten.

For what it’s worth, LeBron’s Lakers came in at No. 9.

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