Though they may have stumbled right out of the gates for the 2021-22 season since their underwhelming 0-2 start, the Boston Celtics have managed to come away as victors from two of their last three exhibitions.
Still, the shamrocks are a below .500 squad, boasting a measly record of 2-3, and have lost both of their home games in a rather disenchanting fashion.
Frankly, these types of defeats are not the only disappointing aspects of the C’s season thus far, as there have been plenty of let-down turnouts found from a variety of locations within this organization.
Boston’s player personnel, however, has obviously been the most visible area of uninspiring production, and we here at HH believe there are 3 talents, in specific, who have disappointed the most through the team’s first slate of games:
Disappointing Boston Celtics player No. 1) Aaron Nesmith
While it may be a tad bit unfair to place the likes of Aaron Nesmith on this list, for he’s only received 27 minutes total on the year and has been a coach’s decision DNP on two separate occasions, it’s hard to not include him when looking at his production and comparing it to the lofty expectations that he came into the season with.
Now yes, it’s hard to get into a rhythm, especially as a young player, when you’re only seeing nine minutes of action a night, but we’re talking about an offensive-minded guy who many even believed could legitimately vie for a starting spot this year who literally has failed to score a single point through their first few contests.
Again, we’re certainly not trying to sit here and say it’s all his fault that he has disappointed thus far into his sophomore run — in fact, one could argue most of the blame should be thrust upon rookie head coach Ime Udoka and his highly questionable rotations — but with his stellar Summer League and preseason production, it set the bar rather high for him in 2021-22.
Were we expecting an All-Star level leap from the 22-year-old? Absolutely not.
That said, we were expecting much more than averages of zero points, 1.3 rebounds, and an assist per game.
Though the season is still very much in its infantile stage and, in turn, there’s still plenty of time for him to put forth the type of production we had anticipated to see, thus far, Aaron Nesmith has proven to be a disappointment for the Boston Celtics.