Every two weeks I rank the Celtics based on their recent performance and my personal feelings on the player.
14. Shavlik Randolph
During his last stint with the team in 2012, Yung Lik, as his friends call him, averaged 4.2 points a game. Fans can only hope for the same level of contribution this time around.
13. Gerald Wallace
Team leader and fun party trick.
12. Tayshaun Prince
He may not get much playing time, but this play made a large impression on Brad Stevens, so that’s cool.
11. James Young
With the departure of Jeff Green, I expected Young to get more playing time, yet he remains on the bench. Let’s take this time to remember his greatest moment while he wastes away on the bench of the fourth-worst team in the league.
10. Phil Pressey
Pressey actually made some shots against the Bulls the other night, including some POINTS IN THE PAINT. I still think he is too short to really make a consistent impact, but I love his energy and court vision.
9. Marcus Thornton
“Lil Buckets” continues to shoot the ball well, averaging 11.5 points over his last four games. I will be very dissapointed when Danny Ainge turns him into a second-round pick in 2020.
8. Kelly Olynyk
Jelly Man Kelly has been OK off the bench but continues to struggle defensively. I don’t trust him on the floor against any decent big. And to think we could have drafted Giannis Antetokounmpo. I found this tweet about Kelly O quite interesting.
As GIF king Jay O also noted, Win shares are a bogus stat, the 2013 draft class is pretty bad, and Giannis Antetokounmpo is the best player ever to put on a jersey. He may not have said that last part, but it doesn’t make it any less true.
7. Brandon Bass
Since the Jeff Green trade, Bass, playing around 20 minutes a game, has done an excellent job showcasing himself for Western Conference contenders. If I were the Trail Blazers or Clippers I would have traded for him yesterday.
6. Avery Bradley
Good Avery Bradley made an appearance for about four games. Then the Celtics played the Bulls and Clippers and AB went 4-for-14 from the field. His defense is still great, but with Marcus Smart on the roster, I don’t see what role he fills moving forward.
5. Marcus Smart
Since returning from injury, Smart has shot 40 percent from 3, which is exactly what Smart needs to be doing. If he continues to improve his shooting while playing great physical defense, he may actually emerge into a building block. In addition to his shooting, I would like to see Smart attack the basket more regularly. Currently, Smart is the only untouchable piece on the roster.
4. Bae Crowder
I really goofed on my last rankings when I listed Bae Crowder at No. 12. I was quickly rebuked by my fellow Celtics bloggers and I have seen the error of my ways. Quite simply, Bae is the best thing to happen to the Celtics this season. He hustles, plays great defense, and has an oh-so-sweet sneaky mid-range game. Crowder does a great job of moving without the basketball, and when the Celtics are playing well he has no problem getting easy baskets at the rim. I hope Ainge does everything to sign him next summer. You can never go wrong with a Marquette grad.
3. Tyler Zeller
I apologize #GodZeller for cursing you. I never should have ranked you the best player on the team, you weren’t ready for that kind of responsibility. Zeller and his tremendously soft hands still have their moments, but they haven’t been as dominant as they were earlier in the season. Zeller has yet to be completely exposed defensively, but this trip out west may do exactly that. If Zeller even had an ounce more personality, this incredibly frustrating team would be a thousand time more fun to watch. Tito, I need cellies after every made basket!
2. Evan Turner
I like Evan Turner. There, I said it and I am not ashamed. Since taking over as the starting point guard, he has averaged six assists and six rebounds a game. He still needs to limit his turnovers, but his presence on the court is generally productive. He has positional versatility and would be a perfectly cromulent bench piece on a halfway decent team.
1. Jared Sullinger
The fact that Sullinger has been the best player on the Celtics is indicative of the low level of talent on the roster. He is a solid NBA player who can rebound and score the ball a little bit, but by no means is he a top-15 power forward. This is a gratuitous sentence about his gratuitous hind parts. I always forget that he is only 22 years old and thus still has tremendous upside, but I would not be the least bit upset if Ainge shipped him out of town.
Early ’90s rap song that illustrates my current feelings about the Celtics:
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