Celtics proving “we” better than “me”
Historically the NBA has been a superstars game. Superstars win teams championships while providing a face to a franchise. Players like Michael Jordan, LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Steph Curry are once in a lifetime players that every team dreams of. The teams that don’t have superstar players typically fly under the radar. Take a look at the last 10 NBA Finals winners and you’ll find at least one superstar on every roster. A starless Celtics team is defying league history and quickly blossoming into an elite team with a bright future.
The Celtics are led by 5'-9'’ all-star point guard Isaiah Thomas. Thomas was selected to his first All-Star game this season while leading the Celtics in scoring with 22.3 ppg., tying with Klay Thompson for eleventh in the league. Although Thomas is a tremendous player who is finding a home in Boston, after stops in Phoenix and Sacramento, he is not an elite go-to scorer. Fans love his big heart and the hustle he plays with but even Thomas knows he needs help.
The rest of the Celtics roster is jam packed with role players. The remaining starters, including Thomas, are Avery Bradley, Jae Crowder, Amir Johnson and Jared Sullinger. Evan Turner, Marcus Smart and Kelly Olynyk are the main contributors off the bench, which goes as deep as a 10-man rotation.
Thomas (22.3) is the only Celtic to average 20+ points this season. Then the team finds four other double figure scorers, Bradley (15.1), Crowder (14.4), Sullinger (10.4) and Turner (10.4), with Smart and Olynyk averaging just over 9 points each.
The lack of a star player does not bother the Celtics players, who refer to the phrase, “We’re one superstar”, when asked about the topic. They currently sit in the No. 4 seed in the eastern conference with two games left on the season. Although a chance at the Finals seems ridiculous, the unselfishness the Celtics play with has proven to be better than one player. That being said, the Celtics still aren’t ready to get to a Finals, still desperately missing an elite player.
With a major upcoming summer of available free agents, names as big as John Wall, DeMar DeRozan and Kevin Durant, the Celtics will certainly be looking to add a “superstar”. Durant is the most interesting player to debate. An immediate addition of Durant would almost certainly make the Celtics a favorite in the East.
All things have to fall into place for Boston to walk away with a superstar this summer but even if they don’t, they have already proven their current roster is capable of contending.
Oh yeah and by the way… Boston’s oldest player is 28 years old.