Since we're all really bored and looking for entertaining Celtics related stuff I figured I'd predict our player's stats for next year as these are always very entertaining for me.
Rajon Rondo: I see Rondo certainly taking on more of a scoring load while his fg% drops a bit because of that. However, I see his mid range jumper becoming a go to weapon for him even more so than last season while he improves on his 3pt% a little bit as well.
17.7 ppg, 11.1 apg, 5.8 rpg, 2.0 spg
FG: 46%, 3PT: 32%, FT: 72%
Avery Bradley: I think Avery will return to offensive form as he slides back in to his natural 2 guard position. I see him playing first team defense while being a reliable corner 3 shooter with a few offensive outbursts scattered throughout the season. Overall, though, I think Avery will be a reliable low double digit scorer night in and night out.
13.0 ppg, 2.4 apg, 4 rpg, 1.5 spg
FG: 45%, 3PT: 37%, FT: 82%
Jeff Green: Jeff Green will continue his rise as one of the most unstoppable offensive forces in the league. I really mean that. He will be the Celtics main option this coming season as well as the guy who will most likely take the last shot. I say he becomes one of the best forwards in the game next season.
21.0 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 2.6 apg, 1 spg, 1.5 bpg
FG: 47%, 3PT: 37%, FT: 85%
Jared Sullinger: If Sully showed any thing last year, besides his rebounding, iq, and heart, it was that his presence makes the Celtics win. As with KC Jones in the 60's, whenever he goes in the game we either take the lead, or get back in the game. With the departure of KG, I see Sully as becoming the Celtics emotional leader as well as one of the vocal leaders. I think Rondo will continue to be a general on the floor and a leader off, but as far as inspiring locker room speeches, etc., I think Sully takes over that role as well as continuing to play great team defense.
12.4 ppg, 9.7 rpg , 2.7 apg, 1 bpg
FG: 49%, 3PT: 32%, FT: 83%
Up to this point, I think all the guys already listed will be starters. I have a hard time imagining the Celtics dont pick up another player that can eat up minutes at the Center position, but if they don't, I think Olynyk and Faverani would most likely split time at the position.
Kelly Olynyk: Kelly proved to be the most skilled big man rookie in recent memory (not necessarily the best) during summer league. I think that he continues to be an effective offensive player during the regular season while also being an opportunistic offensive rebounder. While his defense may not be all league, I dont think he will be as bad as people think on that end of the floor, playing well enough to not be a liability.
11.1 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 1.7 apg, .8 bpg
FG: 46%, 3PT: 34.5%, FT: 84%
Vitor Faverani: I see Faverani as a more physical Chris Wilcox: he can run and jump but also throw his weight around down low and hit a mid range jumper. He could very well be the sole legitimate alley-oop'able big on the team next year.
15- 18 mpg
7.5 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 1 bpg
FG: 53%, FT: 75%
Phil Pressey: Pressey will be the first legitimate backup pg the Celtics have had in years and while his numbers wont wow anyone, his ability to run in and effectively run the offense and dish a few wowing passes will satisfy any Celtics fan.
4.4 ppg, 4.4 apg
FG: 41%, 3PT: 29%, FT: 77%
It will be interesting to see (If Lee is still on the team come opening night), how coach Stevens spits time between Brooks and Courtney Lee, but assuming they are both still on the team, these are the numbers I see them putting up.
15- 18 mpg
7.4 ppg, 1.0 spg
FG: 47%, 3PT: 37%, FT: 80%
18- 24 mpg
10.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg
FG: 43%, 3PT: 33%, FT: 77%
Gerald Wallace: I hope that Wallace and Kris Humphries get a chip on their shoulder for a number of reasons. First, they have been pretty much outcasts the last couple of seasons (especially Humphries). Second, if they but into Steven's team concept as well as the underdog stance the Celtics will be taking this year, they should most certainly be trying to shut people up. If Wallace continues his all out approach, cuts back on his 3's (hopefully just stops shooting them altogether, which is more a matter of the offensive system than it is him just jacking 3's), and plays solid defense, he will be a very valuable backup small forward.
17- 23 mpg
9.3 ppg, 5 rpg, 1 spg
FG: 47%, 3PT: 30%, FT: 72%
Brandon Bass: Brandon definitely re-proved his worth in the playoffs. As always, he is a very solid bench forward who plays his game and does his job as best he can.
15- 20 mpg
7.2 ppg, 5.6 rpg, .6 bpg
FG: 47.5%, FT: 86%
Kris Humphries: As everyone knows, Humphries was a good nba player before the whole reality tv thing (reality tv is a bod move for nba players, i.e. Lamar Odom), but with a new team comes a new beginning. Although he looked as interested in being a Celtic as most people are with curling, I think he will buy in at a certain point and play his role effectively. The Celtics will probably play with a 5 big rotation with Humphries seeing some time at center.
15- 25 mpg
7.5 ppg, 7.0 rpg, .4 bpg
FG: 48%, FT: 76%
Fab Melo: It seems like Fab will probably start the year in Maine. If he eventually gets the feel for the game, he might get called up, but otherwise, I see him in the D league for most of the year. If he is called up...
6- 10 mpg
4.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg, .7 bpg
FG: 60%, FT: 67%
6th in Eastern Conference
Yeah these are optimistic but not only do I think these are possible, I think these kind of numbers, especially the standings, will occur. We have a coach who can bring men together and bring out the best in those men. That and a lot of young talented players including our two best (Jeff Green and Rondo) who have just the right mix of youth and experience. I cant wait.