The Boston Celtics have been having a rough year. In the beginning of the season, this team didn’t look like they were playoff contenders, but they have managed to stick around in the playoff conversation and are close to having the 8th seed in the east. The Celtics are currently battling with the Indiana Pacers, Charlotte Hornets, and Miami Heat for one of the last spots in the Eastern Conference playoffs.
After point guard Rajon Rondo was traded to the Mavericks, the remainder of the Celtics season looked hopeless, however, before the trade deadline, the Celtics managed to build a team that could possibly get into the playoffs. The blockbuster trade involving Isaiah Thomas, in which the Suns traded him to the Celtics for Marcus Thornton and a first-round pick via Cleveland to Phoenix, has really set this team up for a spot in the playoffs.
Isaiah Thomas is currently averaging 21.4 points and 5.4 assists per game and is currently leading the team in multiple stats. These stats include most points per game, assists per game, and outstanding free throw percentage (87.8 percent). Thomas has established himself as the primary scorer for the Celtics in a matter of no time. The Celtics also have Marcus Smart, a rookie guard from Oklahoma State College– although Smart isn’t a primary option for the Celtics, he’s having a pretty good rookie season. Smart is averaging 7.5 points, 3.3 rebounds, 3.3 assists per game and has had his name tossed around in the rookie of the year conversation. Another player that really contributes for the Celtics is Evan Turner. The Philadelphia 76ers drafted Turner 2nd overall in the first round of the 2010 NBA draft, he’s now a member of the Celtics and averaging just 8.9 points, 4.9 assists, and 4.9 rebounds per game. Although Evan Turner hasn’t been making much noise for a 2nd overall pick, he has a knack of knocking down clutch shots and the Celtics could really benefit from that.
Despite the harsh beginning of the season for the Boston Celtics, this team might be able to get a spot in the eastern conference. With the Celtics tied at 29-36 to an unhealthy Miami Heat team and right behind the 8th seed Charlotte Hornets, who have a record of 29-35, the Celtics have a chance to get that 8th seed.