Teams from the East are pushing the West on all fronts. And if in previous years the fans of the conditional “New Orleans” grumbled that, with their fifty percent in the East, they would get into the main tour, now the realities have changed. Therefore, the start of Boston Celtic Roster is difficult to assess unequivocally: on the one hand, the Celts began to play faster than in past years, on the other, they are still scratching for line 7-8: after all, opponents look even better. Who works out not 100%? Who, on the contrary, tears the veins in every match? Who is progressing, and who has reduced the requirements for yourself? What do we know about Gordon Hayward, Jason Tatum and other players of this team?
Young not only does not show the progress that is expected of him; at times it seems that it even degrades. True, James – the most accurate “Celt”, although all the uncertainty of this title is fading, you should look at his “shot chart.” A colleague Sjaakie notes that Young is “deprived of a quick release, which is inherent in modern snipers.” However, let’s not forget that Yang is still the youngest player in the team – he just recently turned 20 years old.
After the assertive and diligent game shown by Miki in the Summer League, the fans were waiting for him to continue in the regular season. However, the competition for 4-5 rooms in Boston today is such that while Jordan has no chance to prove his superiority – only 5 minutes in 2 games as a basis. However, the young man is just beginning a career. So far, Miki is quite successful at playing “Maine Red Claws”, where he is gaining a very impressive lineup of 20.4 + 12 + 4.8 blocks. There is an opinion that in case of injury, one of the main forwards of the “Celts” Miki will adequately replace the retired one.
Stevens gives chances to a young player (and the limited rotation of small ones that exists in Boston has the power to manifest itself), but Terry does not use them. “As Isaiah said, he has good speed and explosive power, and this is half the battle” (Sjaakie), but at times Rosir looks just like a foreign body on the landing. It’s especially in the attack, where he resembles a street player. When receiving the ball, Terry does not look for partners, but starts a spectacular, but senseless dribbling or tries to break under the ring and score a “brand-name” floater. As a result, there were 6 losses for 8 assists and 20% of the game. Maybe in Terry lies the new Iverson, but for now he looks more like Marshon Brooks or Jordan Crawford. It would be good to make mistakes on his account.
Zeller is probably the main mystery in the club. Tyler vividly debuted last year. The contract season comes … and what do we see? Over the summer, Zeller seemed to be replaced. From a well-aimed in attack, uncompromising and prickly basketball player in defense, Tyler turned into a grudge. In the first game, Jalil Okafor made a mockery of him, over and over again playing with all possible means. After such a fiasco, Stevens tried to release Zeller twice in the start, but by the fourth game the coach’s patience had run out, and the center tightly settled on the bench. Since then, Zeller has never scored 10 points in 13 games, only made 5 rebounds once, and missed 4 games at all. What’s happening? The answer to this question recently tried to find ESPN columnist Chris Forsberg. He quotes Stevens: “Tyler is an excellent player. We just have enough big ones. I don’t know what else to say. We are not very good at attacking yet, so we want all players to stretch the opponent’s defense and defend well in a similar situation under their own ring. With our rotation one player often remains superfluous. And I’m not saying that this will always be Tyler. In fact, I see him playing a big role in our team, and he knows that. ” A similar theory is advanced by Sjaakie, who suggests that “Zeller, who never possessed strong defensive qualities, in this new system of Stevens, where a large bias is placed on defense, was simply lost and turned out to be unnecessary.”
However, with an average throw, Zeller never had any problems, so, perhaps, and even surely, we just don’t know anything.
Having come to the team a year ago, the Swede immediately fell in love with the fans with unruly Hasl and accuracy from beyond the arc, but this season has all evaporated somewhere. Of course, a narrowing of the rotation has affected – in the current season, Zherebko gets less than minutes (14 vs. 18.2) on average per game. Surely this oppresses Yunas, who obviously loves and wants to play, and, signing a two-year contract, apparently hoped for a big role.
At the same time, Zherebko, despite the seeming lack of time, plays an important role at the start of the season in Stevens’ defensive constructions. Along with the Crowder, the Swede is a mobile and physically strong player who can defend in the range of 2-4, running tirelessly around the perimeter or fighting for a position in the paint. His DefRtg = 90.2, according to this indicator, the Swede shares second place in the club with Turner. But Yunas significantly reduced the number of interceptions (0.4 vs. 1.3) and rebounds in the attack (2 vs. 3.1) in terms of 36 minutes, and the percentage from behind the arc collapsed to the lowest 20% in his career. Given that the rough work remained the first priority of the Foal, this decline in productivity cannot be explained only by a decrease in playing time.
Zherebko himself is Nordic. “I’m sure of myself,” he said before playing with Philadelphia in Garden Scott Souze, “I train as usual, I work hard on the shot. I am satisfied with my current position in the team game. And accuracy … accuracy will come. The season has just begun.”
Ar Jay Hunter
When looking at the game, Hunter recalls the words of Ray Allen about the implementation of free throws. Apparently, Hunter appreciates the chance to fill the Celtic sniper’s vacant position. Sjaakie believes that Hunter “is the same sniper that Ainge wanted to see in Young’s face. In addition to throwing with the fastest release, he surpasses Young in speed, mobility, dribbling and vision of the site.” Yes, the percentage from behind the arc is not impressive (30%), but the guy is clearly growing. His best game for Boston, he spent literally this week, even if she was lost.
If you look at the statistics of Olinika in terms of 36 minutes, it seems that the Canadian is progressing. And you can’t look at the statistics, but the game itself Kelly. Forward became more confident in his own half. His defensive rating is the best in Boston (87.8) and one of the top five leagues. However, adding in defense, Kelly stopped sharpening ahead. Not once or twice this fall, we could observe how Olinik gets lost in the attack, stops halfway to the ring and, frozen in an uncomfortable position, begins to look for a partner. For the first time in his career, he throws three with 30% for a record number of attempts (up to the last game with Washington, where Kelly is a festival – 4 out of 5). The percentage of 2-point shots also decreased. From under the ring, from where, contrary to the popular opinion about softness, Olinik scored well last year, now he barely spells 50%. As a result, the performance almost halved and only 17.5 minutes per game.
Of course, it’s nice that Kelly has become better defensive, but it’s still clear that he will never be an elite defender. And if you choose between defending and attacking Olinik, then I choose the latter.
Lee started the season at the start, but quickly lost the fight to Johnson and now leaves the bench. Judging by the face of an experienced player, it does not seem to make him happy. However, Lee professionally does what he can best – attacks. It is interesting to observe how an experienced player, and even in the contract year, does not tear the throat on his 15 minutes per game, but tears the veins, regularly working out on both sides of the site. In fact, Olinik and Lee are reserve large Boston, each of which has a profile niche. Kelly has a defense, Lee has an attack.
With a comparable time, Olinik makes 2 times more interceptions and block shots, but in attack Lee is much more effective. His percentage is better, he does not make bad three (and does not make three at all), but disciplined attacks from paint. In addition, Lee is fourth in the Celtics on attempts from the line (2.1 per game average). There is an opinion that, if he got more minutes, he would bring more benefits.
Perhaps he is the most imperceptible of the key players of the Celtics. When the news just passed, many were at a loss. Fortunately, Johnson dispelled fears about himself. He, like Lee, prefers not to push out his highly experienced ego, but to do his job (very difficult). It is Johnson now – the main laborer in the team. Unlike Sullinger, Amir has almost no shots: everything that he gets him a hard struggle under someone else’s ring. On average, Amir makes one throw in 4.5 minutes (this includes such frequent “touches” for him) – this is the lowest among all the players in the rotation.
He is also the only one who does more than 1 block per game. It’s impossible to call him a protective pillar, but the stern Amir strengthened the Boston game in defense. Although his protective rating is, paradoxically, the lowest in the team – 101.3 points per 100 possessions.
Evan Turner looks relaxed. The most skillful dribbler of Boston sometimes just dissolves on the court, although in reality remains the leader of the Celtics bench (second in the League on points – 42.9 per game, first in rebounds – 20.2, fourth in gear – 10.1 on interceptions – 4.4) and one of the most useful players by +/- (5.1, second after Thomas). Evan must be happy with everything, regardless of the contract year. True, something must be done with the three-pointers: 14% of the implementation is beyond the limits. Maybe they just do not throw, and give it to someone else.
The beginning of the season for Smart was crumpled. As soon as he managed to heal a bruised finger, in the game with Brooklyn, the defender received a new, much more serious injury, and now the timing of his return is vague. Marcus played only 9 matches in the current season, and it’s not too clear whether something has changed in his game since last year. So far, unfortunately, Smart has begun to release even more than three with a bad percentage. His pass is still terrible, but the number of gears has not increased. On the other hand, Sjaakie points out, “I think the team’s decline in the last few games is due to the lack of Smart. The word “recession” here is probably not even quite appropriate; correct is the lack of commitment and hustle, which the team showed the first 10+ games. Smart, with its style of play, encouraged comrades to do the same, as soon as he was not on the court, all this is good, and we were so happy a week ago, as if it had evaporated.” Stevens clearly trusts Smarth and always releases him at those moments when it seems that the guys on the dance floor have relaxed.
It is hard to believe that this is man who for two and a half years could not find himself in Dallas. Jay seems to be playing in Boston a long time ago – he looks so confident with the start of the regular season. And let Jay score not too many points. His path is different – protection. This season, the Crowder has become a nightmare for opponents. Only with George he could not cope, in all other cases, Jay literally rubbed into the floor of opponents. He is among the leaders of the Interception League (2.3 per game). Crowder has long and very strong hands, which reminds Ron Artest of the Indiana period; he can both intercept the transfer, and sharply knock the ball from the hands of the enemy.
Like Orrie, Jay is not the most prominent sniper (Orry has 34% of sales for his career, Jay has this season too), but he also got into the habit of scoring important throws in the last seconds of possession. Offhand, I remember the winning ball in Toronto. This season Philadelphia has already suffered from Crowder, thanks to which the Celtics pulled the hardest match.
Sullinger’s life is a constant struggle. Not only with rivals under the rings or with their women, as well as witnesses of their atrocities, but also with the main opponent – their own body. Last season, it even seemed that Jared’s career was at stake. But the summer passed and we saw the new Sally. No, he has not lost weight – his weight still tends to three hundred pounds. But at the same time, Jared added mobility, accuracy of the throw and, it seems quite incredible – in dedication. There was no match where Jared would not dive onto the floor for the outgoing ball. Imagine that you weigh 140 kilos and make such jumps! Considering that Sally is constantly in the thick of things, he has the toughest fouls, his back and legs are under incredible pressure. And yet this year, Jared can finally be called the full leader of Boston. Sjaakie states: “I admit that he pleasantly surprised me this year and to some degree probably even silenced me about his excessive weight.”
Jared is one of the leaders of the League of rebounds (12th place, 9.4 per game, of which 3.3 in the attack – the fourth in the League). This year, rebounds are very important for the “Celts”: 7-1 wins Boston + 50% rebounds, 2-6 Boston -50% rebounds. Gone are the days when he was shoved under the ring – now, as you could see in the game with Houston or Brooklyn, even the most powerful pivot have difficulty in fighting him. Implementing every third attempt from behind the arc, Sallinger shows the best career percentage from behind the arc. Without exaggeration, one can say – he is making a weighty contract.
Talk of Avery’s “bad” contract has long subsided. Bradley silenced the critics last year. It seemed that he had found the maximum – a strong middleweight defender, the ideal role player, the ideal leader for the role-playing team. However, Bradley again surprised us in the previous years. Perhaps he can be called the most progressive player of the beginning of the season. Although it is Bradley who plays in Boston the longest from this composition: the sixth year. And, you see, it is strange to find out that only last month, the modest hard worker, Abe, exchanged his fourth thousand points.
Isaiah Thomas should be happy. He is not limited in throws. He plays for the first time in his career in real team basketball. He is no longer thrown alone against superior rivals. He hinted in the summer that he saw himself at the start – and this wish was fulfilled and without visible harm to the effectiveness of the bench. What is most important – his club is really fighting for software and not a circus with Indians. And Isaiah responds with a great game, entering the top 20 of the League on points (21.2 per game) and broadcasts (5.9). And all this for incomplete 7 million a year!
“The most stable player of our team. After departures / exchanges of our former stars, to have a player who from time to time can bring in a piggy bank 20+ points is important. Despite complaints about the quality of his passes, which sounded on our forum, Ayseya, the leader of the team in scoring passes, is almost twice as good as Smart and Turner. No comments here,” Sjaakie sums up.
Shaquille O’Neal is a legendary player whose name has long been a symbol of the NBA and the entire world basketball. He is fast, strong, technical and incredibly smart. Yes, it is the subtle ability to “read the game”, feel the partner’s shoulder, as well as lead your team forward and made our today’s hero a true icon in his sport. He is the best of the best! After all, he is Shaquille O’Neil! Rashone O’Neal was born in the American New Ark (New Jersey). Such a significant event in the history of world basketball took place on March 6, 1972. From Arabic, the name of the great athlete translates as “Little Warrior.” That it, as well as possible, reveals the nature of our today’s hero.
Browns in the history of the Boston Celtics
The color that has always been associated with the Boston Celtics is green, and the Greens in the team’s history were enough, from Sihugo to Jeff. There were White (Dee Jay), Reda (Auerbach, Morrison), even Blue (Blue Edwards and Wander Blue). But the Browns were on the special place in the history of the team. And here “Celtics” replenished with another, which means that we can recall his predecessors.
Of course, if the team itself was founded by Brown! Walter Brown was one of the founding fathers of the NBA – he was president of the company that ran the old Boston Garden, and when in 1946 the owners and operators of hockey arenas in the United States decided to establish a basketball league, everyone got a team. Brown chose the name Celtics for his Boston franchise in honor of the city’s Irish Diasporas and in memory of the legendary Original Celtics, the famous 1930s basketball team.
Walter was a generous and kind-hearted man, and all the Celtics players preferred to negotiate a contract with him, bypassing Auerbach, because they knew Brown would agree to their terms. Even when a dynasty was born in the Celtics, the club constantly lost money, but Brown always paid the club for all expenses, although he lost several millions on it (and the millions in the 1950s were a much larger amount than today). But his love of basketball and his hometown did not allow him to sell the club. When Walter died in 1964, another year the owner of the club was his widow – Marjorie Brown. And in honor of Walter raised a banner with the number “1” under the vaults of “Garden”, and named his previous (until 1984) NBA championship trophy.
In 1958, the Celtics was drafted under the 39th number of teammate Bill Russell and K.C. Jones in the champion team of the University of San Francisco. When NCAA started Kei Cie to perform in the March 1956 Madness (there were problems taking into account the college seasons), his place at the start was taken by spare Gene Brown, who played for the team for the first year. “San Francisco Donz” even without Jones was able to defend the title, and in the final Brown won 16 points. But Brown failed to break into the Celtics: in the application, there were only 11 people and the five defenders were future Hall of Fame members: Kuzi, Sherman, Ramsey, Sam and K.C. Jones. Brown played a bit in the low leagues, and then became the first black sheriff of San Franzisco.
In the NBA, it is rarely accepted to invite players for re-viewing before the draft, but the Celtics decided to take another look at Brown. At one time, the second viewing honored Rondo, Smart, and Miki. So when the time came for the draft, it was possible to predict: if Boston chooses Dunn, then an exchange is coming, if an exchange is not expected, then the AJ will choose Jaylen. The fans, which were expecting “fireworks” once again and didn’t wait for them again, were disappointed and dispelled their indignation on the player. But Brown closes such a problematic position as part of the team – the commander. Therefore, emotions should be left there, on the day of the draft, and now with a sober head to see what Jaylen can bring to the team.
The pride of the team – Kyrie Irving: “I do not care about my reputation”
The Boston point guard Kyrie Irving made it clear that he could leave the Celtics if it would be beneficial for him. “I don’t care about my reputation. I don’t care about my heritage. I just try to be human and make the right decisions for me and my family”, – ESPN.com. quotes Irving.