Three Boston Celtics make their appearance in a new Top 50 assessment put together by Bleacher Report staff. As the preseason draws to a close and the 2021-22 NBA season draws closer, the flow of player rankings is at an all-time high as the league prepares to announce its own list of the top 75 players from among. a deluge of projections on which it will contain.
Add that to the usual annual rash of articles like this more focused on the upcoming season, and it can be dizzying for the casual observer and analyst. But these are still valuable exercises if only for the context they give us as a whole.
Let’s take a look at how the folks at B / R think of the top talent on the Celtics roster.
No. 49. Marcus Smart
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Ranked as high as 43rd by the panel and as low as 66th, the league’s 49th seems fair to the Flower Mound native.
“Smart averaged a career-high 13.1 points last season, but he would like to improve his playing skills further,” writes A. Sherrod Blakely.
“He averaged 5.7 assists per game, a career-high last year, and with new coach Ime Udoka wanting the ball even more in his hands this year, Smart’s expected role in the success of the team has clearly grown. “
# 26. Jaylen Brown
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The Cal-Berkeley product was ranked 24th and only 31st in the league, with 26th being a very reasonable estimate in our eyes.
“Concerns over Brown’s surgically repaired left wrist aren’t as problematic as some thought they were going to start the season. The biggest concern with Brown is related to his test positive for COVID-19, ”notes Blakeley.
“Brown’s ability to stretch the floor makes him an extremely durable blanket due to his strength in reaching the edge of the dribble.”
# 11 – Jayson Tatum
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Rated between 10th and 16th in the league by the B / R expert panel, this is again a fitting preseason projection for the rising Celtics superstar.
“(Tatum’s) game, especially last season, puts him squarely in the close class but not quite right outside the Top 10 NBA Superstars,” suggests Blakeley.
“In order for him to continue to rise as a player and show that he is indeed one of the top 10 talents in this league, he will have to manage even more free throw attempts than the 5.3 he won last season. “
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