Looking in depth at the Celtics rookies 2017–18 season
While all the hype surrounding Jayson Tatum has been going on, let’s take a look at our some of our other rookies on the Celtics this season.
- Semi Ojeleye
Semi Ojeleye is the definition of a “Three and D” player. Even though his college stats (19 PPG 6.9 RPG 1.5 APG) suggest that he’s an agile scoring big man, he’s more of a Jae Crowder type player. Even though Jae Crowder is an agile big man, he has more of a guard’s height and a much better three point stroke than that of the average PF/C. Overall, Semi should be able to knock down open threes and space the floor, while playing good defense on the other end. Almost like a poor man’s Jae Crowder, which will do for now.
2. Jabari Bird
In college Bird (6’6” 198 lbs) averaged 14.3 points on 37.1% shooting from deep, taking over 4 per game, and ratcheted it up to 6.6 attempts per game his senior year still draining 36% of them. Bird’s athleticism provides the Celtics with another defensive player who can space the floor, as well as a slasher who can get to the rim. Some concerns with Bird is his muscle being very light for his height, but if that is his biggest problem, it shouldn’t be a huge issue.
3. Guerschon Yabusele
Yabusele is an interesting player. He has the body of a bruiser, like Zach Randolph, but can provide you with good shooting and is a decent defender as well. Although he looked lost on the court at times in the preseason, Yabusele is clearly on the team for a reason. In China Guerschon averaged 20.9 PPG 9.4 RPG on 52.7% shooting from the field. He could be a good option coming off the bench and I hope to see “The Dancing Bear” getting some good minutes this season!
4. Kadeem Allen
Kadeem Allen doesn’t look to be much more than a really good defender, like a Tony Allen. In college he averaged just 9.8 PPG 4.0 RPG 3.0 APG and is almost 25 years old now. But it is possible that he could provide some value for us on the defensive end.
5. Daniel Theis
Theis is also 25 years old but is a much more accomplished player than Kadeem Allen. He averaged 9.6 PPG in EuroLeague, and won the EuroLeague defensive player of the year! He also hit 41% of his threes. He is a sharpshooter who can play defense and an all around efficient player. He is also a talented passer in the low post.
Those are the five players we’re looking at today on Celtics Bench and stay tuned for the next article!