The Boston Celtics are only a small hand full of games into this young season and the team has been solid for the most part, especially bouncing back after a rough start to the season. Leandro Barbosa in particular, has been a nice surprise for the team and he has been the biggest overachiever so far.
Signed at the time merely for depth purposes right before the season started, Barbosa has been playing meaningful minutes as of late. He even started in place of Rajon Rondo at the point when he had to miss a game due to a sprained ankle. He is averaging seven points per game this year and has played about 15 minutes per game. I never thought that he would play this many minutes right off the bat, but with Avery Bradley still sidelined due to shoulder surgery, he has been thrust into the rotation and has gained head coach Doc Rivers trust.
One of the great things in particular about his game thus far has been his lack of turnovers. Very rarely does he make a bad decision passing the ball and it has to be a nice feeling for Rivers knowing he has another steady ball handler on the roster.
Barbosa figures to have his minutes scaled back once Bradley returns sometime in December. With Courtney Lee and Jason Terry above him on the depth chart, he will probably move back to his role as an extra guard who provides depth. In the meantime, he will continue to play a critical role on this team and will be depended on to provide a steady influence in the second unit.
Rob Lunder covers the Boston Celtics for Rant Sports. For all Celtics news go to the team homepage on Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @rlunder18