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The #1 goal remaining for new Boston Celtics President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge this offseason–after trading away Kemba Walker’s albatross deal and hitting a home run with the hiring of new HC Ime Udoka–is to find a new starting point guard.
If you look at the current landscape of the league, it is clear that point guard play is what wins in 2021. The Phoenix Suns went from the #9 seed to the Western Conference champions after acquiring Chris Paul. Last year’s second-round also-ran Milwaukee Bucks upgraded Eric Bledsoe to Jrue Holiday and are now Eastern Conference champions even without Giannis Antetokounmpo for the final two games of the ECF.