Player News - Celtics

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Jeff Green is struggling for the Celtics since the trade of Rajon Rondo to the Mavericks, and is averaging 11.8 points on 38.7 percent shooting from the floor in his last three games.

He is clearly the biggest loser in the Rondo trade, and can't seem to get anything going on offense. To put these numbers in perspective, before the trade he was averaging 19.5 points per game on 44.7 percent shooting. However, Green's name has been consistently tossed around in trade rumors so owners should see how things play out in the near future before doing anything drastic.
Dec 24 - 9:46 AM

Evan Turner had another quiet night off Boston's bench on Tuesday, posting three points on 1-of-6 shooting with four rebounds, three assists and two steals in 25 minutes of action.

Jameer Nelson and Marcus Smart are vying for the starting PG job, with Avery Bradley and Jeff Green locked in at SG and SF, respectively. That leaves Turner scrapping for reserve minutes in a tumultuous rotation, a role which is anathema for his fantasy value.
Dec 23 - 10:07 PM

Jameer Nelson had nine points, one 3-pointer, four rebounds, 11 assists and four steals in his first start for the Celtics on Tuesday, while turning the ball over once in 30 minutes.

Celts coach Brad Stevens is experimenting with his lineups in the wake of the Rajon Rondo trade, but it's hard to imagine Nelson holding off rookie Marcus Smart long-term. Nelson's poor shooting (37.4 percent) is a red flag in most fantasy formats, though he could be a reliable source of 3-pointers and assists if given enough minutes. Most owners should take a wait-and-see approach.
Dec 23 - 10:06 PM

Jared Sullinger's downward trajectory continued on Tuesday, as he went scoreless in nine minutes and was benched for the entire second half.

This marks eight consecutive games with under 30 minutes for Sullinger, who is averaging a mere 15 minutes in the two games since Brandan Wright arrived from Dallas. Sully has enough upside to hang onto him for a few more games, in the hopes that he'll reclaim a bigger role in Boston's busy frontcourt, though owners in competitive leagues may have no choice but to dump him on the waiver wire. Kelly Olynyk replaced Sullinger as the Celtics' starting PF in the second half.
Dec 23 - 10:04 PM

Brandan Wright was quiet in 13 minutes off the Celtics' bench on Tuesday, going for five points, three rebounds and one block.

Wright's judicious shot selection and elite FG percentages gave him value in a 20-minute role for the Mavericks, but he belongs on the waiver wire now that he's in Boston. We'll let you know if he carves out a bigger role in the coming weeks.
Dec 23 - 10:03 PM

Brandon Bass logged 19 minutes in Tuesday's loss to Orlando, scoring 11 points on 5-of-16 shooting with five boards, two blocks and zero turnovers.

Bass nearly fell out of the rotation on Sunday and the Celtics' rotations are in flux, to say the least, so it's unwise to trust Bass on a nightly basis. He has impressive per-minute fantasy appeal and we'll continue to monitor his role, but he'll likely require a trade to establish reliable value.
Dec 23 - 10:03 PM

Marcus Smart shifted to a bench role during Tuesday's five-point loss in Orlando, finishing with three points, two rebounds and two assists in 17 minutes.

Boston fell behind 20-4 to begin the game and Smart's fantasy owners should hold tight, as he's unlikely to play second-fiddle to veteran Jameer Nelson for very long. To wit, the Celtics set a new season-low for points in a quarter (nine) and points in a half (30) during Tuesday's defeat, before mounting a too-little-too-late rally.
Dec 23 - 10:02 PM

Kelly Olynyk started alongside Tyler Zeller during the second half of Tuesday's game, which he finished with 14 points, one 3-pointer, eight rebounds, one assist and one steal in 26 minutes.

Olynyk is a more natural fit at PF than C and he's played well all season, earning coach Brad Stevens' trust. His starting gig may not last given the profusion of talented big men in Boston, but he's worth picking up if an antsy owner recently cut him in your league.
Dec 23 - 9:56 PM

Updating a previous report, James Young (shoulder) will be inactive for Tuesday's game vs. Orlando.

Young isn't currently in the rotation, and he can remain on the waiver wire in most leagues until he does something worth noting.
Dec 23 - 6:58 PM

Marcus Smart will come off the bench for Tuesday's game vs. Orlando.

Since the Rondo trade, Brad Stevens has started a new point guard each game. Jameer Nelson will be starting tonight, but given his unimpressive play throughout the season to this point, he doesn't figure to be a great play in daily leagues. Stevens has said Smart will have to earn the starting gig, but given that his competition goes by the names of Jameer Nelson and Evan Turner, it should only be a matter of time. Stay patient, and keep Smart stashed.
Dec 23 - 5:48 PM

Jameer Nelson will start for Tuesday's game vs. Orlando, sending Marcus Smart to the bench.

"We're gonna start Jameer [at PG]. Everyone else is the same," said head coach Brad Stevens. "It's about the rotations I want to try." Nelson has been pretty awful this season, hitting career-lows in points (7.3) and field goal percentage (37.4), so he's not going to be a great play in daily leagues despite the starting label. Stevens is going to be experimenting with his lineups for the coming weeks, but at some point one has to think developing Marcus Smart will become a priority, so he should remain owned in all leagues.
Dec 23 - 5:37 PM

Brad Stevens said during shootaround that he has not decided on a starting five for Tuesday's game vs. the Magic.

Boston has a lot of depth, but no true "stars," so Stevens' rotations will likely be fluid as he figures out how to incorporate the new guys into the lineup. Marcus Smart started their last game, but he has some competition with Evan Turner. Boston's frontcourt is also a mess with Jared Sullinger, Brandon Bass, Kelly Olynyk, Tyler Zeller, and Brandan Wright all vying for minutes. We'll be watching Stevens' rotations closely over the coming weeks, so stay tuned for updates.

James Young (shoulder) went through practice on Monday and will be available to play on Tuesday

It was a full-contact practice and he should be getting closer to a return. Young is a major offensive project, but he could get in the rotation now that Rajon Rondo is gone. He's only worth a look in ridiculously deep leagues.
Dec 22 - 5:01 PM

Avery Bradley took a shot to his head on Sunday, but is expected to be fine.

He had a horrible game against the Heat, making 2-of-10 from the field for four points with seven rebounds and four assists. He should see a little added responsibility with Rajon Rondo gone, so he is worth a look in standard leagues.
Dec 22 - 4:50 PM

Marcus Smart made his first NBA start on Sunday, scoring three points with four rebounds, four assists, one steal and two turnovers in 28 minutes vs. the Heat.

He shot 1-of-4 from the field with all of his attempts coming from beyond the arc. Growing pains are inevitable, but the Celtics' decision to trade Rajon Rondo sets up Smart for a solid rookie season despite the arrival of Jameer Nelson. Smart is worth a speculative pickup in all leagues, if only for his upside in 3-pointers, assists and steals.
Dec 21 - 9:24 PM


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