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Nets at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSN)

The Celtics will have two All-Stars, and other predictions

Al Horford (center) makes his regular-season debut with the Celtics Wednesday. Barry Chin/Globe Staff

The Celtics open the 2016-17 season at TD Garden on Wednesday night against the Nets. Here are some quick predictions for the year that are guaranteed to either be right or wrong.

■  Isaiah Thomas and Al Horford will both make the All-Star team. This will give Boston two All-Stars for the first time since Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo made the squad four seasons ago. The coaches who select the reserves like winners — remember when the ho-hum Hawks had four All-Stars during their 60-win season two years ago? — and the Celtics will win.

■  Danny Ainge will trade one of the Nets picks at the deadline. The Celtics have the right to swap first-round picks with the Nets this season and they will receive the Nets’ first-round pick next season. Boston has been understandably reluctant to part ways with these valuable pieces. But this team is built to win now, the draft can be fickle, and it takes most players several years to develop into stars. Ainge will pull the trigger on a deal that brings a star here now.

■  One of Boston’s assistants will leave for a job as a college head coach. It’s only a matter of time before the Brad Stevens coaching tree starts sprouting branches. This coaching staff’s continuity has been invaluable in helping Stevens develop his system, but there are too many bright minds for them to stay on board. Jay Larranaga and Micah Shrewsberry lead a long list of effective future top dogs.

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■  Jaylen Brown will spend a little time in the D-League. The Celtics and their D-League affiliate, the Maine Red Claws, are in lockstep. Maine coach Scott Morrison spent much of the summer working with the Celtics, and Boston has never been more comfortable knowing that the Red Claws will be an extension of the big club. Also, this roster is quite deep. So at various points in this season—particularly when the team is back to full health — Jordan Mickey, Demetrius Jackson, James Young, and even Brown, the No. 3 overall pick, will take turns in Maine.

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■  The Celtics will beat the Warriors and lose once to either the 76ers or Nets. Although maybe now this would be more jarring if the Spurs were included.

■  Gerald Green will replace Evan Turner as the most quotable Celtic. From a selfish journalism standpoint, Boston media members — including this writer — have been inconsolable about the loss of Turner, who spewed golden quotes at all times last season. But Green, back for his second tour here, has shown some early promise. No pressure, Gerald, but we need you.

Nets at a glance

(preseason stats)

■  When, where: Wednesday, 7:30 p.m., at TD Garden.

■  TV, radio: CSN, WZLX-FM (100.7).

■  Scoring: Jeremy Lin 17.2, Joe Harris 10.4, Bojan Bogdanovic 10.2.

■  Rebounding: Trevor Booker 6.8, Luis Scola 5.0, Justin Hamilton 4.6.

■  Assists: Lin 5.6, Greivis Vasquez 4.6, Scola 3.4

■  Head to head: This is the first of four meetings. The Celtics were 2-2 against Brooklyn last season.

■  Miscellany: The Nets went 21-61 last season, the second-worst record in the Eastern Conference . . . Former Knicks and Hawks assistant Kenny Atkinson is the new coach, his first head position in the NBA . . . Defense is suspect; the Nets allowed opponents a 47.9 field goal percentage last season, worst in the league.


Adam Himmelsbach can be reached at adam.himmelsbach@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @adamhimmelsbach

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