Player News - Celtics

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Isaiah Thomas is hoping his new healthy eating regime will help him take his game to the next level.

"I changed my diet," Thomas said. "I hired a personal chef back home, and I’m eating vegetables for the first time since when my dad used to make me. I eliminated fast food." Thomas is just 27, but said he wants to eat and sleep better to keep his body in peak form. Thomas should continue to be a high-usage player with the addition of Al Horford, and is worth grabbing in the early rounds of standard league fantasy drafts.
Source: WEEI
Sep 27 - 10:44 AM

Kelly Olynyk (shoulder surgery) has been cleared for non-contact drills.

Just in time for training camp. Olynyk will be reevaluated on Oct. 15, but this doesn't mean that he will be ready for the season opener. The Celtics won't rush him back given their frontcourt depth, but this could give Tyler Zeller an early edge over Olynyk for the backup center role.
Sep 26 - 3:14 PM

General manager Danny Ainge said Marcus Smart, Terry Rozier and Jaylen Brown will fight for Evan Turner's minutes.

We've heard plenty about Smart and Rozier, but there really hasn't been much talk of Brown stepping up. The Celtics have generally preached patience when it comes to their No. 3 pick, so he would likely need Jae Crowder to miss time in order to get consistent minutes.
Sep 26 - 3:11 PM

Brad Stevens is preaching patience with Jaylen Brown's development.

"The other thing is we have to constantly remind ourselves as a staff that he's 19, one year removed from one year of college," Stevens said. "I think that he's got a high upside, and we're looking forward to working with him, but I think we also understand he's got a large learning curve." There is currently no reason to draft Brown in standard fantasy formats.
Source: ESPN
Sep 24 - 5:45 PM

Tyler Zeller called his 2015-16 "frustrating" due to inconsistent playing time.

If that's the case, we're not sure why he re-signed with Boston. Despite paying him $8M for the 2016-17 campaign, Zeller isn't guaranteed anything with Al Horford now entrenched in the starting lineup and the Celtics having a multitude of options on the roster.
Source: CSN NE
Sep 24 - 5:41 PM

Danny Ainge said "it would be nice to add a rim protector that didn't hurt our offense" and a "shooter that didn't hurt our defense."

We think it would be nice to win the lottery, but we're operating within our tangible reality. All jokes aside, Boston's roster is already full and we don't anticipate Ainge attempting to fulfill those desires immediately.
Sep 24 - 5:39 PM

Danny Ainge implied that he needs to see more from Kelly Olynyk this season than he has shown in the past.

Olynyk connected on a surprising 40.5 percent of his three-point attempts last season, but his game-to-game performance too often fluctuated and it resulted in making KO an unreliable part of Boston's rotation. Now that Al Horford is a Celtic, it's hard to see how Olynyk—who is still fighting to recover from shoulder surgery—makes a meaningful impact in standard fantasy formats.
Sep 24 - 5:36 PM

Danny Ainge wants to see Isaiah Thomas improve his efficiency this season.

Thomas shot 42.8 percent from the field while attempting a whopping 16.9 shots per game, and now that he's got a more talented roster around him, Ainge wants to see his point guard pick better spots rather than force it on the offensive end. The arrival of Al Horford should take some pressure off of Thomas and potentially open up a few things for him on the floor, but he'll be a high usage player regardless. Draft him accordingly.
Sep 24 - 5:32 PM

Danny Ainge said Marcus Smart is a player who needs to "take steps forward" this season.

Smart is a career 35.7 percent shooter with a career average of 3.1 assists per game, and it seems that Ainge is specifically hinting at Smart improving his efficiency now that he's entering his third professional season. The former sixth overall pick is expected to have a bigger role without Evan Turner in the fold, but Brad Stevens has other options in guys like Terry Rozier, Gerald Green and rookie Jaylen Brown. Despite the ability to be an elite on-ball defender, the bottom line is this: Smart needs to perform better on the offensive end to justify his presence on the court.
Sep 24 - 5:29 PM

Danny Ainge heaped praise on Avery Bradley for his performance during the 2015-16 season.

"Avery had a really good, efficient year last year," Ainge said.." He’s improved every year on his offensive efficiency. It’s not just about making 3’s or any one thing specifically, it’s about becoming an efficient scorer." Bradley averaged a career-high 15.2 points per game last season (including 1.9 3PM nightly), but it's hard to see that scoring number moving up with Al Horford now in town.
Sep 24 - 5:23 PM

Isaiah Thomas said he's worked on his off-the-dribble 3-pointers this summer.

On his pull-up treys last year, Thomas made a somewhat respectable 33.5 percent. On catch and shoot, he knocked down 38.7 percent, so there's a decent gap there. On top of his jumpers, Thomas ranked second among guards for shots at the rim last regular season (Russell Westbrook). If the Pizza Guy can put it all together, he could top his 22.2 points per game and improve on his solid 56.2 true shooting percentage. He's a fine third-round pick in standard leagues.
Sep 22 - 9:37 PM

Kelly Olynyk's recovery from shoulder surgery could "spill into the regular season" according to Celtics reporter A. Sherrod Blakely.

His timetable for a return is sometime next month, so it sounds like he could miss a large portion of training camp. Blakely adds that teams won't be pursuing Olynyk until he proves he is healthy, but said that the big man could be an interesting trade piece for the Celtics given the depth of their frontcourt. His workload will probably be limited to minutes in the lower 20s with Al Horford and Amir Johnson around, so Olynyk's fantasy outlook isn't promising.
Source: CSN NE
Sep 19 - 10:38 AM

Celtics coach Brad Stevens mentioned Terry Rozier, Marcus Smart, Gerald Green, Jaylen Brown as those vying for Evan Turner's minutes.

Turner averaged 28 minutes per game in Boston last season. With Turner leaving for Portland via free agency, there will be a number of Celtic guards and forwards competing for increased playing time in 2016-17. Smart is arguably the most intriguing name in that group. Smart averaged 27.3 minutes per game last season, so he could have the opportunity to earn 30+ minutes a night. Still, Smart's fantasy upside is limited due to his inaccurate shooting (Smart shot a horrid 34.8% from the field last season) and low assist rate (he averages just 3.1 assists per game for his career).
Sep 17 - 11:53 AM

Isaiah Thomas said he expects Terry Rozier to take some of his minutes this season.

Thomas' minutes were somewhat consistently around 32-33 last season with December (34.6) as his high and April (29.9 in seven games) as his low for his monthly averages. Rozier is fully expected to be the main beneficiary with Evan Turner in Portland, and he might handle the ball more than Marcus Smart in the second unit. This will be one of the more interesting things to watch in deep leagues.
Source: CSN NE
Sep 14 - 6:19 PM

Jalen Jones has agreed to a training camp deal with the Celtics.

Jones is the 20th and final man that will be added to the training camp roster, but with a wealth of talent at the forward positions in Boston, his chances of making the opening-night roster are slim to none.
Sep 14 - 12:05 PM


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