Of late, the Boston Celtics have found themselves attached to rather negative news when it comes to the NBA’s media circuit.
Most notably, many have focused on the poor overall production by the team through their first few months of action, which has them hovering just over .500 at 12-10, but, lately, the attention has switched to ex-Celtics players underwhelming this season, namely Kemba Walker.
Recently, it was announced that the former Boston point guard would be removed from the New York Knicks’ rotation “as of right now”, thus marking a new low in the 4x All-Star’s career.
While he may no longer be a member of the organization, it’s still a sad sight to see a former player who personally did nothing wrong during his tenure in Eastern Massachusetts hit rock bottom.
However, on a brighter take (at least, depending on how you wish to look at it, of course), there are many more former Cs out there who find themselves thriving with the current employers this season.
Today, we look at 3 past Boston Celtics who are performing admirably through the first three months of the season and, with this, who the team could certainly use right about now:
Former Boston Celtics player No. 1) Terry Rozier
Scary Terry broke onto the scene during the 2018 postseason when the Boston Celtics needed him to most.
After losing then star Kyrie Irving towards the end of the year due to injury, Rozier stepped up as the team’s primary floor general where he went on to post impressive per-game averages of 16.5 points, 5.7 assists, 5.3 rebounds, and 1.3 steals per game on 35 percent shooting from deep during their Cinderella Story postseason run.
Fast forward a few years later and we see the point guard lacing them up alongside young stud LaMelo Ball where he’s serving as a high-impact starter for the sixth-place Charlotte Hornets.
In 32.6 minutes per game, Terry Rozier finds himself playing the role of offensive initiator for the ball club, logging 17.7 points to go along with 3.6 assists, 3.5 boards, and 1.2 steals on 43 percent shooting from the floor and 35 percent shooting from deep.
Something that this current Boston Celtics team could desperately use, aside from more backcourt help, is a player other than Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown who can go out and create for themselves in the scoring department.
While free-agent acquisition Dennis Schroder has been playing better of late — and hopefully it will continue –, there really hasn’t been anyone outside of the Jays to emerge as a consistent offensive threat so far this year, especially when it comes to their bench unit that ranks 29th in the league in points per game, 27th in field goal percentage, and dead last in offensive rating.
A guy like Rozier would absolutely help in this department, be it in a spark-plug high-usage reserve role or perhaps even as a starter, thus allowing Schroder as the team’s sixth-man while also sliding someone like, say, Al Horford here as well to help improve the unit’s efficiency.