The Celtics finished 5-3 this pre season and I'm all in!
I really like the pieces on this team. Jared Sullinger could just be playing out of his mind in the pre season due to lack of competition but last nights performance of 15 points and 17 boards could be a thing that could be close to his average. He will never be looked at as a Kevin Love type superstar, but he can certainly be a 15/15 type of player. He has incredible rebounding skills and he has a very polished offensive game for a shorter PF. He's going to be a real solid player.
The rooks Marcus Smart and James Young have their flashes of brilliance and also rookie mistakes. Smart is going to be a problem for the league once he gets some time under his belt. I never saw him take a play off on both ends of the floor and is an extreme competitor. He's not afraid to shoot which I like the confidence (but could be a detriment some times) and is willing to drive and get to the line. James Young is a flat out gunner. I don't know how much time he will get this year due to a surplus of SF players on the team, but he could easily be instant offense.
Speaking of instant offense Marcus Thornton is that. Yes he looks like he is 300 lbs, but he is very Eddie House like offensively. There will be games where he wins it for us, there will also be games where he shoots us out of the game.
Kelly Olynik has disappointed me somewhat. He still looks extremely slow defensively and his aggressiveness on offense can come and go.
Tyler Zeller is better then he showed pre season, but he will need to be a lot better if he wants to get minutes in the season.
Evan Turner is good. He is going to be a pleasant surprise. I never minded him in Philly, and he is a solid player.
Jeff Green Brandon Bass and Avery Bradley did what I expected.
This Celtics team is going to win a lot of games with their 3 point shooting, unfortunately they are going to lose a lot of games to their gunning nature.
Now, Rondo is expected back very soon it will be interesting to see what Brad Stevens does to the line up.
I imagine the starting line up will be:
Rondo, Bradley, Green, Sully, Olynik
With Smart, Turner, Bass, Thorton, Zeller, Wallace, Young being in the rotation.
I think during big stretches during the games you will see a lot of small line ups like:
Rondo, Bradley, Smart/Turner, Green and Sully
And when Rondo is out I see a lot of
Smart, Bradley, Turner, Green, Sully/ Olynik
This is a very big year for the Celtics as guys will have to make major steps for improvement/ trade value. I like this team a lot and think they will surprise a lot of teams especially on the defensive side of the ball. I predict the Celtics will be a top 8 defensive team.