So now that we're through the first game of the preseason, I figured I'd share a few takeaways (good and bad). Of course these observations are from a small sample size, so I'll try my hardest to not look into them deeply. Feel free to mention your own!
Talented Youth - There's been a lot of discussion on whether this team is going to pan out to be a lottery squad or if they can sneak into the playoffs. With a slew of youngins', our potential remains to be seen -- but I do like what I see. Against the Raptors, both Kelly Olynyk and Jared Sullinger came off the bench. It may be that these two guys hold the most interest to Celtics fans, due to their youth and potential. I don't think it's a stretch to say both Olynyk and Sullinger could join the starting rotation by mid-November (if not earlier), providing they continue to play smart. The success of a starting frontcourt featuring a 22 and a 21 year old is naturally uncertain, but the IQ between them is awesome. Couple these two with a coach known for making an underdog shine, and this team's core already has some bite to it.
Old Nets, New Vets - It may be tough for the average Celtic fan to welcome Kris Humphries to Boston, but the guy can handle his own. We saw his double-double capability back when the Nets were garbage in 2011-2012. Unfortunately, last year held a lot of nothing for Hump. In the present, we get to see Kris returning to a roster much more fitting for his set of skills. He shares a position with players who hold far less experience, and that alone should allow for ample minutes. At best, he's a great rebounder who can knock down his shot. He may carry some unusual baggage, but on a team scrapping for wins, he'll be a nice fit. Same goes for Gerald Wallace. Crash saw his numbers fall across the board after he joined the Nets last season. Last night against Toronto, we saw a player who resembled the All-Star he once was (2010). He may be overpaid but I don't think his tank is even close empty, and it wouldn't surprise me to see Wallace producing if Jeff Green remains inconstent.
And a Little More of the Same - After surviving last season, I can say with 100% accuracy that Avery Bradley is not a good NBA point guard. The guy can hound the best PGs in the league for a full 48, but he can't control the offense. He's a much better fit as a shooting guard, best compared to an extended-range version of Tony Allen. If we start the season with AB helming the point, I bet we're going to see much more of the same. As for Jeff Green, it was a borderline bummer to see him struggle against Rudy Gay and company, although it's becoming his M.O. to slump when the stakes are low. I think the most surprising part of this game was the DNP Brad Stevens gave Phil Pressey. After his decent Summer League play, it seemed as though he would at least stand a fighting chance to play legitimate minutes at point. If he's on the bench during exhibition games however, the outlook seems bleak.
Is there anything you noticed?