Boston Celtics Roster Rankings (Month of November)

By: Nick Galle

After losing the first two games of the season, the Boston Celtics quickly found their groove and are now the NBA’s top team. With Gordon Hayward’s gruesome injury, many believed that the Celtics season was over in the first five minutes, but the boys in green thought otherwise. The team started building chemistry, and a large win streak soon followed. Here are the Celtics roster rankings as of the month of November:

1: Kyrie Irving

(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Points per game: 20.3

Rebounds per game: 3.1

Assists per game: 5.2

Field goal percentage: 44.4%

Key contribution(s): With the loss of Hayward, Irving has stepped up big-time on both sides of the ball. Irving leads the team in scoring, as well as steals. Kyrie has been everything Boston wanted and has not only performed well, but has also made everyone around him better.

 

2. Al Horford

(MADDIE MEYER/GETTY IMAGES)
(Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Points per game: 14.6

Rebounds per game: 9.2

Assists per game: 4.7

Field goal percentage: 53.1%

Key contribution(s): Al Horford is finally playing like the Al Horford we saw with the Atlanta Hawks for so many years prior to his time in Boston. Horford leads the team in rebounds per game with 9.2, and is nearly averaging a double-double per game.

 

3. Jaylen Brown

(Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
(Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

 

Points per game: 14.5

Rebounds per game: 7.2

Assists per game: 0.9

Field goal percentage: 42.6%

Key contribution(s): Jaylen Brown is one of the most elusive players on the court, no matter who the opponent. Brown is showing flashes of greatness and scoring efficiently. With Hayward down, Brown has plenty of play time and will look to improve this season, during both the regular season and postseason.

 

4. Jayson Tatum

Photo by:  AP PHOTO/CHRIS SZAGOLA
(Photo by: AP Photo/Chris Szagola)

Points per game: 13.7

Rebounds per game: 5.7

Assists per game: 1.8

Field goal percentage: 50.0%

Key contribution(s): The rookie is shooting 50% and has been one of Boston’s best offensive tools so far this season. Tatum is often compared to Paul Pierce, and even though it is far too early to tell if he is at that level, there is no doubt that Tatum is one special brand of player.

 

5. Terry Rozier

(Photo by: John Wilcox)
(Photo by: John Wilcox)

Points per game: 9.8

Rebounds per game: 5.3

Assists per game: 2.4

Field goal percentage: 36.0%

Key contribution(s): Rozier provides great depth for this team coming off  the bench behind Kyrie and Smart. He knows how to run the offense and it has shown here in the young season. While he is not the best shooter, Rozier often puts up about 10 points a night consistently, which is more than enough when this Celtics roster has the depth that it does.

 

6. Marcus Morris

(Photo by: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports)
(Photo by: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports)

Points per game: 13.3

Rebounds per game: 4.8

Assists per game: 1.0

Field goal percentage: 44.2%

Key contribution(s): After missing the start of the season, Marcus Morris has played a powerful role on this team. Morris is already averaging double digit points and shooting just under 45% from the field. The former Piston can start, or come off the bench, making him a valuable piece of a Celtics team that has already had its fair share of injuries.

 

7. Marcus Smart

(Photo by: AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
(Photo by: AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

Points per game: 9.5

Rebounds per game: 4.3

Assists per game: 5.5

Field goal percentage: 29.1%

Key contribution(s): Smart is still the aggressive, gritty, and talented 6th man of this Boston Celtics team. Offensively, he has struggled heavily, despite losing 20 pounds this off-season, but the defense is still there, putting him at 7th on the list in the month of November.

 

8. Aron Baynes

(Photo by: Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
(Photo by: Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Points per game: 6.8

Rebounds per game: 5.8

Assists per game: 1.1

Field goal percentage: 50.7%

Key contribution(s): Baynes is the rim protector that this Celtics team desperately needed. Baynes is averaging 5.8 rebounds, as well as 0.8 blocks on the season, and has shown that he is a defensive asset on this team.

 

9. Daniel Theis

(Photo by: AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
(Photo by: AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Points per game: 5.1

Rebounds per game: 4.0

Assists per game: 0.4

Field goal percentage: 60.0%

Key contribution(s): If you had heard of Daniel Theis before this season, you are one of the very, very few. Theis has been a solid big man off the bench, averaging 0.8 blocks, 4.0 rebounds, and 5.1 points while sporting the highest FG% on this Celtics team. Theis has also proven to be a monster on the glass, getting put backs night-in and night-out.

 

10. Shane Larkin

(Photo by: Maddie Meyer/Getty Images North America)
(Photo by: Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

 

Points per game: 3.5

Rebounds per game: 1.0

Assists per game: 1.4

Field goal percentage: 32.4%

Key contribution(s): We don’t see Larkin much, but when we do, he has made silent but deadly contributions. His most notable performances include an early season game against the 76ers and a November 10th performance against the Hornets where he dropped 16 after a Kyrie Irving injury early in the 1st quarter.

 

11. Semi Ojeleye

(Photo by: Matt West)
(Photo by: Matt West)

Points per game: 3.3

Rebounds per game: 1.7

Assists per game: 0.2

Field goal percentage: 38.7%

Key contribution(s): We have not seen much of Semi Ojeleye, but the rookie often sees minutes in garbage time and has portrayed some stints of defensive authority.

 

12. Guerschon Yabusele

(Photo by: John Geliebter-USA TODAY Sports)
(Photo by: John Geliebter-USA TODAY Sports)

Points per game: 2.3

Rebounds per game: 1.5

Assists per game: 0.2

Field goal percentage: 45.5%

Key contribution(s): Yabusele, otherwise known as “The Dancing Bear” has seen minuscule minutes, but in those minutes, he has shot a high percentage.

 

13. Abdel Nader

(Photo by Garrett Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)
(Photo by Garrett Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)

Points per game: 1.6

Rebounds per game: 1.1

Assists per game: 0.4

Field goal percentage: 37.5%

Key contribution(s): Nader got a decent amount of minutes in Boston’s November 10th contest against the Hornets, tallying three rebounds, but other than that, Nader has not yet been able to really show his talents.

 

14. Jabari Bird

(Photo by Garrett Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)
(Photo by Garrett Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)

Points per game: 1.5

Rebounds per game: 0.5

Assists per game: 0.0

Field goal percentage: 0.0

Key contribution(s): We have only seen Jabari Bird in two games so far this season and we only saw him shoot five free throws, making three of them, putting Bird at 14th on our list.

 

15. Kadeem Allen

(Photo by: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports)
(Photo by: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports)

Points per game: N/A

Rebounds per game: N/A

Assists per game: N/A

Field goal percentage: N/A

Key contribution(s): N/A

 

 

 

Cover photo via: Boston Celtics 2017-2018 Promo Video | New Era & New Team! ᴴᴰ (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wp3ofNk-J8A)

*Statistics as of 11/11/2017*

 

 

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