Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Now that the 2019 FIBA World Cup has come to an end, the NBA players are back with their respective teams preparing for the preseason.  Daniel Theis spent his summer playing for Germany in the FIBA World Cup, but he is back in Boston and ready to start the season with the Boston Celtics.

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The Boston Celtics had six players total playing in the FIBA World Cup this summer.  Daniel Theis and Vincent Poirier both played for their respective countries; Theis playing for Germany and Poirier playing for France.  Both Theis and Poirier will be competing for some of the same minutes this season for the Celtics.

During the summer for Germany, Theis averaged 7.6 points and 6 rebounds per game.  As Theis enters his third season with the Celtics, he brings an interesting element to the team. Theis has shown to be versatile enough to play multiple positions for the C’s this season.  It’ll definitely be more available to him, as the team lost both Al Horford and Aron Baynes during the off season.

I think Theis can be in the power-forward rotation, along with playing center.  Needing to be able to shoot the three-ball from the four position becomes an important qualification.  Over his two seasons in the NBA, Theis has a .352 three-point field goal percentage.

It is noted that Theis shoots far less than guys like Al Horford, Aron Baynes, and Jayson Tatum, but Theis (.388-3FG%) finished last season with a higher field goal percentage from behind the arc than Horford (.360- 3FG%), Baynes (.344-3FG%), and  Tatum (.373-3FG%).

The Boston Celtics have a lot of forwards and swing players on their roster; making it challenging for Theis to see time at the four.  But with Theis being 6’8” tall and 243 pounds, there are more options for a guy with his size.  That’s the “interesting element” I previously mentioned about Theis.

Theis is back in Boston and is eager to start the 2019 NBA season.  I do think all of the big men on the roster will play a huge role this season; but Theis is in position to be the one do to so.  Being part of the Brad Stevens system for two seasons now, I think he has a solid understanding of the vision Brad is instilling in his team.  Theis could very well be the offensive replacement needed from the loss of Al Horford.

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