- 1. Marcus Smart’s Shot: Much ado was made about his new shooting mechanics, but early returns show the same paltry shooting percentage from the 3-point range. If he never fixes his jumper, he risks becoming a defense-only player. He’d still be valuable, but he’d never quite reach the All-Star upside he possesses.
2. Tuning out Trade Rumors: One constant in recent years has been trade rumors, with the Celtics reportedly eyeing superstars such as DeMarcus Cousins and Blake Griffin. That can be a bit disconcerting for the players rumored to be leaving town in those theoretical trades. But the Celtics, under the guidance of Brad Stevens, have been great at ignoring those rumors, and they’ll have to keep doing that in a season that will again be full of them.
3. Developing the Youngsters: On a team with championship aspirations, finding enough NBA playing time for rookie Demetrius Jackson and youngsters Jordan Mickey and James Young will be tough. And without playing against NBA-caliber competition, it’s even harder for those guys to develop before their original contracts expire.