As a Celtic, Daniel Theis kept improving until a knee injury shut him down. He’s back and Danny’s gamble on him may pay dividends.
Frankly, I was not sure if Danny Ainge would ink Daniel Theis to a new deal, but it looks like a good move. Theis is signed for two years at a total of $10 million, with the second year non-guaranteed. With the departure of big men Al Horford and Aron Baynes, rolling the dice on Theis could work very well.
In his first season in Boston, Daniel just kept improving. For the pre-All-Star stretch, he averaged 14.5 minutes/Game, 5.0 PPG, 4.7 RPG while shooting 52% on field goals and 30% on treys. Post-All-Star his minutes increased to 18.4 per game, his points to 7.8/game and his boards to 5.3/game. And he shot 68% on field goals and 40% on 3-pointers. Then a meniscus tear shut him down. His minutes and production took a hit last season, in part most likely due to lagging recovery from the injury.
Right now he is playing on Germany’s entry in the FIBA World Cup. In a game versus The Czech Rebublic, he scored 17 points, grabbed six rebounds, passed off for three assists and blocked two shots. The highlight video can be seen below:
Theis is now listed at 6’8″ and 243 pounds. His pre-draft weight showed 215 pounds, so it is quite possible that we may see additional muscle and strength in Daniel this season. He has the versatility Brad Stevens looks for. His shots in the FIBA contest were from everywhere – beyond the arc, mid-range and in-close. We know he can rebound and block shots. And he can defend at the perimeter. If he has fully recovered from the knee issue, we may see even more improvement in his game. That would be enough to get him minutes in the mid-20’s at both the five and the four. It’s nice to have Theis back in the fold.
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