Boston Celtics: Grading Each Player Before All-Star Break
Grading Each Boston Celtics Player Before All-Star Break
Despite having one of the worst records in the NBA, the Boston Celtics have gotten solid play from a select number of individuals on the roster. Some have exceeded expectations, while others have not quite lived up to their potential.
Since this season is viewed as a rebuilding year, the players who have done well this season are viewed as trade chips. On the other hand, the youngsters who do well are assessed carefully in order to conclude if they are part of the future or not. Jared Sullinger and Avery Bradley are among those types of players, while Rajon Rondo, Brandon Bass and Jeff Green could be traded away at some point either this season or in the offseason.
All in all, Danny Ainge is doing a terrific job assembling a team for the future. He has pieces in place, a number of draft picks, and is vouching for a bad record in order to score a high draft pick. Brad Stevens has shown that he is the right guy for the job and is able to get the most out of his players. Ainge is headed in the right direction with this team.
Heading into the All-Star break, let’s take a look at how some of the players have fared this season. I will assess and grade players based on their performances and what variables they bring to the Celtics.
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11. Brandon Bass
Stats: 10.8 PPG, 5.8 RPG, 1.1 APG, 1 BLK
Bass has been the ideal role player, he does his job exactly the way it should be done. Bass is as consistent as they come and a hard worker. He's a B player with B skills, so ... I gave him a B. He really deserves to be on a competitive team.
10. Jeff Green
Stats: 16.4 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 1.7 APG
His expectations were way too high to begin with, but Green is the biggest tease in the NBA. Some nights he obliterates defenses with ease, then the the next night he completely disappears. It's maddening! He's had great games, but is too inconsistent. He's not the guy Boston hoped he would be.
9. Kris Humphries
Stats: 7.6 PPG, 5.7 RPG, 1 APG
Humphries has done a terrific job this season. In fact, he has done so well that he has been forced to see less action on the court. He could be a valuable trade chip this season, or he could get a nice contract from another team in the offseason.
8. Kelly Olynyk
Stats: 6.9 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 1.6 APG
It took awhile for Olynyk to find a rhythm, but he has been solid the last few games. He's had a terrific season for a rookie. He can shoot from deep range, rebound a little bit, and he's an excellent passer. He will be a solid role player in the future, but is a little too soft right now.
7. Gerald Wallace
Stats: 4.8 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 2.5 APG, 1.2 STL
He might be the only player in the league who gets paid $10 million a year to average four points a game. Wallace just doesn't offer much to the table. But to be fair, he's uses the most of his limited skill and has done a lot of the dirty work for this team, which saves him from earning a D.
6. Jerryd Bayless
Stats: 8.1 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 4.0 APG
Bayless has been okay, but hasn't really stood out at all. However, he's been unselfish in Boston and has improved his assist numbers. He's shooting under 30 percent from three and has been in and out of the rotation.
5. Phil Pressey
Stats: 2.5 PPG, 1.1 RPG, 2.6 APG
The undrafted free agent has been fun to watch this season. He plays hard and is a smart playmaker. Pressey is going to be an excellent backup point guard and is currently making the most of his minutes. However, his small size contributes to his limited scoring ability.
4. Chris Johnson
Stats: 7.1 PPG, 2.5 RPG, 1.0 APG
Like Pressey, Johnson has made the most of his minutes in the NBA. He has shown that he belongs here by shooting the ball well without hesitation and making hustle plays. If he keeps working hard and making big shots, he could be looking at a nice future as a role player.
3. Avery Bradley
Stats: 14.3 PPG, 3.9 Reb, 1.4 APG, 1.0 STLPG
No one has improved more on this Celtics roster than Bradley has in the last year. His shot from beyond the arc has been much more efficient, and he has developed a consistent mid-range jumper as well. His rebounding numbers have improved, and we all know what he brings on the defensive end. If he could stay healthy, he might have had an A.
2. Jared Sullinger
Stats: 13.2 PPG, 8.2 RPG, 1.6 APG
Sullinger is shaping out to be a terrific player. He has shown flashes of an All-Star caliber forward in the NBA. He rebounds, plays the post proficiently, and can shoot the ball from deep. Sully is turning into a double-double machine. He's had his inconsistencies, but only because teams focus on him more often. Sullinger will make his mark in Boston for years to come.
1. Rajon Rondo
Stats: 9.8 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 7.1 APG, 1.4 STLPG
Rondo has looked terrific the last couple of weeks -- more like his formal self. Of course, he's still recovering from an ACL injury, so expectations shouldn't be too high. He's technically incomplete, but I'll give him a B for his terrific performances in the last week or so.