"While it would appear that the Celtics bench is head and shoulders better than many others in the league, it’s more a compliment to the best starting rotation in the league. In fact, the Celts bench ranks fairly low in many offensive categories. For instance, its efficiency rating, a gauge that takes into account many factors such as points scored, rebounds, steals, etc., ranks only 24th out of 30 NBA teams.
The bench ranks 16th in points scored (28.5), 26th in rebounding (11.3), 27th in assists (4.1), 23rd in defensive rebounding (8.1) and 23rd in offensive rebounding (3.2).
On the other hand, the bench’s defensive rankings are much higher: 10th in points against (27.5), fifth in field-goal percentage (.397) and sixth in efficiency.
None of this can be disturbing or surprising given the starting unit, which does the bulk of the work, but it can do that only if the bench is successfully carrying some of the load, and that’s happening."
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