Boston Celtics: End of the Season Awards
Season in Review
The Boston Celtics season is over and their offseason is under way.
It was a season full of promise, as the Celtics were coming off a game from being in the NBA finals. The Celtics lost Ray Allen to the Miami Heat, but they brought in players to fill that role. With the signings of Courtney Lee and Jason Terry, the Celtics not only replaced Allen, but they had a spark off the bench as well. Add in a healthy Jeff Green, the drafting of Jared Sullinger and the return of Avery Bradley from shoulder surgery, and the Celtics had youth and depth on their team.
The Celtics were primed to make another deep run into the playoffs and possibly to another NBA title. However, the season of promise did not happen, as it was plagued by injuries to key players such as Rajon Rondo and Sullinger. The Celtics went through an up-and-down season: they played well when Rondo went down, but they limped towards the end of season, going 5-11 in their last 16 games.
The season would eventually come to an end against the New York Knicks. Down 3-0 in the series, the Celtics wouldn't go down without a fight, winning the next two games. It wasn't enough, and Boston was unable to mount a comeback in game six of the series. It was the first time the Celtics lost a first round series in the Kevin Garnett era.
Now that the season is over, it's time to hand out some awards to worthy Celtics players, but also the unworthy.
Best Moment of the Season Award
Ray Allen was back in town to face off against his old team.
It was his first game in Boston since leaving for the Miami Heat, and he was greeted by the boo birds. The Celtics came in with their own struggles, having lost six straight games — and they were going to play the game without Rondo.
The Celtics won the game in double-overtime, but after the game, they were delivered the news that Rondo was out for the season with an ACL tear.
The Celtics rallied together and went 16-6 in their next 22 games, moving out of the eighth spot of the playoffs and into the seventh with a chance to grab the fifth seed.
Worst Moment of the Season Award
This was a very low point in the Celtics' season. The Charlotte Bobcats were on a 10-game losing streak , and they were the worst team in basketball. What should have been a cake walk for the Celtics turned into a nightmare. The Bobcats delivered a smack down to the Celtics, beating them by 26 points.
Disappointing Player Award
This award gets shared by both Terry and Lee. These two were looked at as the replacement to Allen, but neither lived up to the hype.
Lee struggled through injuries and could never establish his role on the team, as he would end up on the bench during the playoffs. Terry went back and forth in the starting lineup and the bench, but just couldn't get his game going. He didn't show up until late in the playoffs when the Celtics were on the brink of elimination.
Least Valuable Player Award
Jordan Crawford gets this award. Brought in from a trade with the Wizards, Crawford was to be the offensive wild card. Known for his shoot-first mentality, Crawford took some head-scratching shots that resulted in very little results. The most notable thing he did was getting into the face of Carmelo Anthony after the Celtics' game 5 victory against the Knicks.
Most Valuable Player Award
Rajon Rondo get the top award.
Even though he missed the last three months of the season, it's very clear what Rondo means to the Celtics. The Celtics struggled to find shots in their loss in the playoffs to the Knicks, and not having Rondo there to set up the shots showed.
Rondo is the spark of this Celtics team as he creates shots for his team and commands the offense. He is also a rebounder that the Celtics sorely missed. Without Rondo, it was clear the Celtics were a different team, and that is why he gets the award.