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1985-86 Celtics Vs. This Year's Team


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Maybe it's just my ridiculous Facebook friends....I hope so....but I keep seeing these posts about how much better the 1985-86 Celtics are compared to the 2021-22 edition...

What does that even mean?

For my money, the 85-86 Celtics is the best team in NBA history....

Are you trying to tell me that this year's team who was struggling at .500 around New Year's before their big turnaround, isn't quite as good as the team with Bird, McHale and Parrish...... and DJ and Walton as well....

Thanks for pointing that out....

Save your comparisons for 4-5 years when the key current guys are in their prime....

1995-96

Bird 30 years old/ McHale 29/Parrish 33/DJ 32/Ainge 27/Walton 34...Top 6 totals 185 years

2021-22

Tatum 24/ Brown 26/Smart 28/ Horford 36/ Rob Williams 25/ White 28...Top 6 averages 167 years

18 year team difference in age

an average of 3 years at each of the 6 positions in the rotation........

You might say, well Walton's 34 years and injuries make him past his prime....I agree...and Al Horford's 36 years puts him past his prime....

85-86 Hall of Famers....Bird/Walton/DJ/McHale/Parish...all in....4 out of 5 playing at that level that season....

21-22 Hall of Famers....Projected...Tatum.....maybe Brown...maybe... long way to go on both...it's a very high bar and no guarantee.....no one else from this year's team in contention down the road..

Yes....The 1985-86 Celtics are better than the 2021-22 Celtics.....

You are correct....way better

The real question is ....How will the 2024-25 Celtics stack up.....

Hopefully we keep the core together and find out.....

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