A look into the Boston Celtics offseason moves, and how their season may unfold.[caption id="attachment_10389" align="aligncenter" width="620"] Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images[/caption] It’s quite tough to fault the Celtics in their 2012 off-season. They lost Ray Allen to their rivals the Miami Heat, despite offering more money and a likely starting gig. Allen’s experience and veteran savvy has been replaced by Jason Terry who signed on after a long tenure as the spark plug off the bench for the 2011 NBA Champion Dallas Mavericks. Terry brings play making skills off the bench, a shooter’s mentality and a confidence that often crosses the border into arrogance. The C's also added athletic defensive shooting guard Courtney Lee who will likely start and see big minutes immediately, at least until youngster Avery Bradley returns from his shoulder injuries. The Celtics liked what they saw from Bradley, as he showed an improved shooting touch and an ability to equally defend either guard spot. The team also re-signed Jeff Green, a year after his lost season due to a heart issue. He will likely be the first big off the bench and a key defensive minded forward in the rotation, backing up both forward spots and offering them versatility and another big defender to match up with Lebron James. This is a team that still has the large majority of their core back, and with a run of good luck in the health department they should be the favourite to battle the Heat for Eastern Conference supremacy again. Much will depend on whether Rajon Rondo can continue to develop, after all he was speculated to be the main reason Allen chose to sign elsewhere. Rondo’s game rose to new levels last year, and he’s shown to be a tough competitor who lifts his game when the playoffs roll around. Paul Pierce keeps coming back and year in year out he puts up his usual 19 points 5 rebound 4 assist line, along with a clutch factor not many players can match – if you have a game on the line, get him the ball and clear out. Kevin Garnett continues to defy the odds as he had a renaissance season, continuing to age gracefully and posting a rock solid overall line, while also setting the intensity and defensive standard for the team. Who said you can’t teach an old Timberwolf new tricks? Garnett’s seamless shift to the C spot allowed Brandon Bass to gain consistent minutes at PF, where he too produced a fine overall season and was rewarded with a nice shiny new contract. Whether the Celtics can beat the Heat will depend on the health of their veterans, and how well the new guards Terry and Lee can mesh with the already proven formula Doc Rivers has run out since the ‘Big Three’ formed what seems like a decade ago, but in reality was only five years ago. They have a new ‘Big Three’, and the most important piece is also the youngest of the three, Rajon Rondo. The Celtics had two first round picks; Jared Sullinger went 21st overall and Fab Melo was taken as the next pick. Sullinger figures to see more minutes than Melo – he is a tweener though, a college center who has to transition to the NBA game where he will need to play PF – never an easy change, especially for a player who doesn’t have good athleticism. They have a nice mix of youth and veterans, and most importantly their old dogs are still barking. They have one of the top coaches around in Doc Rivers, who knows how to balance his rotation and keep egos in check, but how far they go depends on how much better Rajon Rondo can become as a player and a leader. Projected record: 54-28, 1st Atlantic Division.