Boston Celtics Grade: A+ The Celtics have been a team that has always had high expectations since they won their first title in 2008. However, they haven’t quite lived up to those expectations since then. After winning back-to-back titles in 2011 and 2012, the Celtics were expected to contend for years to come. Instead, they’ve been inconsistent, and the roster hasn’t changed much over the past few seasons. However, the Celtics did make some moves this summer that should help them compete in the Eastern Conference. First, they signed Gordon Hayward away from the Utah Jazz. Then, they traded for Kyrie Irving from the Cleveland Cavaliers. Finally, they acquired Al Horford from the Atlanta Hawks. All three players bring something different to the table, and together, they should give the Celtics a boost.
Los Angeles Lakers Grade: B The Lakers didn’t do anything major this summer, but they did add LeBron James to their roster. That’s enough to get a grade of at least a C. If they want to improve upon last season’s disappointing campaign, they need to address their bench. There isn’t any clear cut answer to who would take minutes off of James’ plate, and that could lead to problems down the line.
Philadelphia 76ers Grade: B- The Sixers added Jimmy Butler this summer, but he’ll likely play alongside Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid. While adding a superstar is never a bad thing, the Sixers still need to figure out how to use him effectively. Adding Butler doesn’t necessarily mean that they’re going to win now, but it does show that they’re willing to spend money to try and win right now.
New York Knicks Grade: D After trading Kristaps Porzingis to Dallas, the Knicks decided not to sign anyone else. That means they’re stuck with what they have, and it’s not good. Carmelo Anthony is still the best player on the roster, but he’s no longer surrounded by shooters. Jeff Hornacek was brought in to fix the offense, but it seems like his system might not fit well with Melo.