Player News - Celtics

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Avery Bradley played well in 32 minutes against the Wolves on Friday with 14 points, five rebounds, seven assists, three steals and one block.

It was the first game all season with more than two assists, so it's pretty clear he's going to benefit without Rajon Rondo. Bradley had the scoring components down and this line tonight is probably enough to go ahead and grab him in standard leagues.
Dec 20 - 12:28 AM

Tyler Zeller played 24 minutes in a start against the Wolves on Friday with 14 points, four rebounds, three assists and one block.

He's probably in the most danger with Brandan Wright joining the Celtics, but he has earned his playing time. Zeller averaged 12.2 points, 6.0 boards, 1.4 blocks and 0.2 steals on 62.8 percent from the field over his last five. If he's still sitting out there on the wire, you can probably find someone else better in shallower forwards -- Marcus Smart or Shabazz Muhammad for example.
Dec 20 - 12:22 AM

Kelly Olynyk kept his foot on the gas against the Wolves on Friday with 21 points, eight rebounds, three assist, one block and two 3-pointers.

He made 8-of-13 from the field with no turnovers for a massive night. Olynyk has been thriving off the bench especially in his last three, averaging 22.0 points, 7.7 boards, 1.7 assists, 1.3 steals, 1.7 blocks and 2.3 triples on 68.4 percent from the field. Needless to say, he needs to be owned in all formats.
Dec 20 - 12:18 AM

Evan Turner scored 10 points with three rebounds, four assists, one steal and one block in 27 minutes against the Wolves on Friday.

While he did add his eighth block of the season tonight, Turner was fairly ordinary in the win. He's probably not going to start much longer with Marcus Smart ready to roll. Turner doesn't have enough upside to grab in standard leagues, but give him a look in points formats.
Dec 20 - 12:09 AM

Marcus Smart played well in his return to the lineup on Friday, scoring eight points with one rebound, four assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 27 minutes.

It's not a huge line, but this is encouraging line. The triples and assists are two things his fantasy owners should be most concerned with because the steals are in the bag. As long as he can shoot the ball reasonably well, Smart could emerge as a must-start fantasy point guard. He should be owned in all leagues to see what happens.
Dec 19 - 11:15 PM

Marcus Smart (Achilles) is active against the Wolves on Friday night.

He's had some bad luck with injuries in the past month, spraining his ankle and suffering an Achilles injury. Smart will likely be eased back into his role, but his upside in steals and treys make him a very hot commodity. He should get better from the field and isn't too bad from the line. Smart should be owned in standard leagues.
Dec 19 - 5:53 PM

Evan Turner will start at point guard against the Wolves on Friday.

Marcus Smart (Achilles) might not be at 100 percent, so there should be a lot of playing time headed Turner's way. Coach Brad Stevens has the Celtics running at the fastest pace in the league, so there is a nice opportunity for Turner in a daily league. His value in season-long formats is also intriguing, but his upside is not as high as Smart's.
Dec 19 - 5:39 PM

Brandan Wright will be inactive for Friday's game vs. Minnesota.

Tyler Zeller's starting spot is safe for now, but it'll be interesting to see how Brad Stevens' rotations develop with Zeller, Wright, and Kelly Olynyk all vying for minutes. Stay tuned.
Dec 19 - 1:46 PM

Jae Crowder will be inactive for Friday's game vs. the Timberwolves.

He wouldn't play much even if he was available, and he can remain on the waiver wire in most leagues. However, with the Celtics obviously going into a full rebuild, Crowder's name will be one to watch if Jeff Green is traded at some point this season.
Dec 19 - 1:43 PM

Jameer Nelson will not be active for Friday's game vs. the Timberwolves.

With Marcus Smart (Achilles) being listed as questionable, there's a chance that Evan Turner will draw the start in a favorable matchup vs. the Wolves. Turner has averaged 16.0 points, 3.5 assists, and 3.5 rebounds through two games with the starting unit this season, so he could work as a plug-and-play option in daily leagues. Stay tuned.
Dec 19 - 1:38 PM

Jameer Nelson, Jae Crowder, and Brandan Wright did not arrive in time for shootaround, and their status for Friday's game vs. Minnesota is uncertain.

With Marcus Smart (Achilles) being listed as questionable, and Jameer's status uncertain, Evan Turner could draw the start on Friday in a favorable matchup vs. the Timberwolves. Jae Crowder would likely play sparingly behind Jeff Green if available, so his status shouldn't matter in most leagues, while Brandan Wright's spot in the rotation is not clear at this point. Stay tuned for an official update closer to tip-off.

Marcus Smart (Achilles) returned to practice on Thursday, and is questionable to play Friday vs. the Timberwolves.

Smart removed himself from Tuesday's practice after not feeling healthy enough to continue, but his return to Thursday's practice is an encouraging sign. With Rajon Rondo now in Dallas, Smart should be owned in most leagues as he's set to be the main man at point guard in Boston. If Smart is unable to go Friday, expect Evan Turner and Jameer Nelson (if available) to see extended minutes at the point guard spot.
Source: ESPN Boston
Dec 19 - 8:37 AM

Celtics release C Vitor Faverani.

It's seems like just yesterday when he exploded in the second game of his career last season, scoring 12 points with 18 boards and six blocks. Too many knee issues, an inability to learn offense and adapting to the concept of team defense hurt him here. Faverani might get picked up at some point.
Dec 18 - 8:11 PM

Marcus Smart (Achilles) is poised for an increase in playing time.

He is still a major project as a scorer. Smart has made just 27.9 percent of his jumpers overall and 33.3 percent of any shot off the dribble, so both of those are going to have to come up. Unlike Rajon Rondo, Smart can potentially make a triple per game and he's not going to shoot 33.3 percent from the line, so he has decent upside with his dimes and terrific output in steals. He's worth owning in standard leagues to see how it plays out.
Dec 18 - 8:00 PM

Jameer Nelson has been traded to the Celtics.

He is having an awful year with the Mavericks and perhaps his zero-point game is what forced the team's hand to make a deal. Simply put, this might be the worst year of his career. He has a career low in assist percentage, usage rate, field goal percentage and points while just being roasted on the defensive end. Nelson is not part Boston's future, so there is little reason to add him.
Dec 18 - 6:18 PM


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