The best Celtics preseason plays tell us a lot about the upcoming regular season. Take a look.
The best Celtics preseason plays displayed in this video show promise for the upcoming season. The NBA regular season begins tomorrow, and the Celtics get underway versus the Philadelphia 76’ers on Wednesday. Tomek Kordylewski has put together a terrific compilation of the best plays from preseason play. Take a look.
Rob’s lobs, Tacko’s flat-footed dunks, Edward’s excitement, Green’s athleticism, Kanter’s inside game, Hayward taking contact, Smart hitting 3s – it’s all here – the Best of Pre-season.
— Tom Lane (@CelticsSentinel) October 21, 2019
Sophomore center, Rob Williams looks more confident and we can expect more minutes from him this season. The latest measurements, without shoes, list him at only 6’8″, but the wingspan and athleticism make up for that. Expect a lot of lobs and blocks from him – and more confident play.
Gordon Hayward is seen in the video attacking the basket, taking contact and scoring – something we saw little of last season. He is moving well and dunking the ball. There are no signs of the injury that crippled him two years ago.
Enes Kanter is seen working his game in the middle. His work in close on offense – and his rebounding – are his strong points. Daniel Theis may start a lot of games in the middle, but Kanter should see 20-22 minutes per game.
Javonte Green was Danny Ainge’s choice over Max Strus, and his defense and athleticism made the difference. His block, steal, full-court drive and slam show what he offers.
What more can I say about Carsen Edwards. When a player can supply excitement with production – what’s not to like. I can not recall a player quite like him, and I am intrigued enough to add him to my Fantasy Basketball roster. I am anxious to see Carsen and Marcus Smart on the court together. They are both unique in similar – and different – ways. But with the Celtics down 12 points late in the fourth quarter, I wojld want both of them in the game.
And speaking of Marcus, He has a few plays in the video that define his bent for the unusual. His over-the-head, looking-away lob pass to Rob for the slam I have never seen before. His come-from-behind block at the hoop has become an expected play from him.
Tacko Fall is not athletic – that we knew. But he accomplishes a lot flat-footed – on his toes – or occasionally with minor elevation. With experience, lob passes to him may translate to guaranteed points, and he will get his share of dunks and rebounds just standing there. And I want to see him guarding the inbounds passer at the end of close games once he gets some seasoning. He is on a 2-way contract, but I expect to see him on the floor for some very-limited minutes with the Celtics.
It all starts for Boston on Wednesday against the 76’ers.
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