JUST IN: Boston Celtics set to become great NBA dynasty by landing this trio.

The Boston Celtics acquired Kristaps Porzingis and Jrue Holiday during the offseason, giving them four players, along with Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, who are all ranked among the top 100 players in the NBA by ESPN. Boston.com’s Colin McCarthy believes the Cs are seeking to model themselves after the NBA’s last great dynasty, the Golden State Warriors, in order to assemble this stellar quartet – five if/when Derrick White earns that recognition himself.

“It appears the Celtics want to emulate (the Warriors’) model,” McCarthy said before adding, “Tatum and Brown have reached the finals once, but remain hungry for the grand prize that has eluded them.” With Porzingis and Holiday on board, they may have their best shot at winning the championship yet. A championship is on their minds, not statistics.”

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The Warriors’ seamless integration of Kevin Durant into the one-time championship-winning core of Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green to deliver two banners to the Bay Area is the “model” being referred to. The ability to win before KD arrived and then just two seasons after he left is what made Golden State’s dynasty so enduring and one that will be remembered for centuries.

To his credit, Porzingis, the original marquee offseason addition before Holiday, understands what it takes for the Boston Celtics to properly combine four top-tier talents like himself, Holiday, and the Jays.

“That’s the thing about being on a good team, everybody has to sacrifice a little bit,” Porzingis said before adding, “And that’s what you can see with this group.” Everyone is willing to make a sacrifice for a greater good.”

Jrue Holiday shines and blocks Jaylen Brown in first Celtics practice -  CelticsBlog

With three No. 1 option-type players and two No. 2 types on the roster, the Celtics must find ways to let men shine when it’s their night while preserving a strong team-first identity.

Only then will they be able to reap the benefits that clubs like the Warriors have.


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