When talking about point guards for the Boston Celtics, Marcus Smart hinted at a comparison of Kemba Walker and Isaiah Thomas.
I want to remind the Boston Celtics fans something I know they didn’t forget, but something they need to move on from. Kyrie Irving. Kyrie Irving isn’t here anymore, and in my opinion, he walked out on the Celtics a long time ago. The organization, the team, and even Kyrie have moved on from what last season wasn’t. I think it’s time for the fans to as well.
After Kyrie left, the Boston Celtics obtained the best possible player they could have, when they signed Kemba Walker. Kemba brings all of the intangibles with him to Boston. What I think the team is going to benefit most from is how calm and cool Kemba is during play. He will let the plays develop, rather than force what isn’t there.
Another exciting thing about this is, Kemba has never been on a team with the level of talent and depth the Celtics have. Throughout his career, he’s been expected to carry a franchise for the duration of his eight seasons; without any supporting roles. Now he will be able to make some magic with guys who can finish the play and progress through the season.
One of Kemba’s new teammates, Marcus Smart, is the longest tenured Celtic and leader on the team. Smart has been through it all in the Brad Stevens Era. Everyone is interested in the comparison of Irving to Walker, but if you were to ask Marcus Smart, he’d differ.
“We had a little guy like that, similar to that on our team in Isaiah Thomas. It’s kind of funny some of those little guys that can score the ball, they have an energy and a motor about them you don’t see very often.” Per The Athletics Joe Vardon
I think Smart was saying that before Kemba and Kyrie, the Boston Celtics had Isaiah Thomas. In 2017 while with the Boston Celtics, Isaiah Thomas finished fifth in MVP voting. What IT was able to do in Boston was truly special, and never went unnoticed from anyone throughout his team or the NBA.
Marcus Smart, for sure, won’t be forgetting any of those special nights in Boston when Isaiah Thomas became “King of the Fourth.” He was also asked how he thinks Kemba will fit-in with this team and the system: “He fits in perfectly. Everything that Brad envisions as a player, he has it.”
I’m going to have to agree with Marcus on his evaluation of his new teammate, as its spot on. I think we can all agree that Coach Stevens is a simple guy. He’s calm and cool, especially under pressure. Stevens perceives the same in the way Kemba plays and presents himself. He notices how a player like that can benefit his young talented team.
The Boston Celtics are ready for the strong and competitive season ahead of them. The signing of Walker, the return of Hayward, along with the impressive rookie class, the Boston Celtics look to be in a good spot as the season is right around the corner. I’m intrigued to see where this team will go.
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