Like Baynes, Ojeleye makes a case for the least talented Boston starter since Tatum entered the league. However, he also mirrored Baynes as a physical defender who did the best with what he could from a talent perspective.
Ojeleye made his initial claim to fame among Celtics fans with his impressive defense on a young Giannis Antetokounmpo in the 2018 playoffs. His gritty approach to guarding the Greek Freak helped out Boston a lot, but the former second-round pick didn’t ever develop much after that.
A career 38.4% shooter from the field, Ojeleye never even cracked five points per game in a single season. During the 2020-21 campaign – his final season with Boston – the SMU product averaged a career-high 4.6 points per game while drawing 15 starts in 56 outings.
In 38 career playoff games as a Celtic, Ojeleye shot a porous 28.4% from the field. His postseason range also left much to be desired as he only sank 26.4% of his deep attempts.
In 24 career starts with Boston, Ojeleye averaged a modest 7.3 points per game. Over his last 13 starts, he put up five points per game and didn’t crack double-digit scoring once.
Since his last NBA stint with the 2021-22 Clippers, Ojeleye has played overseas in the EuroLeague. He recently signed with Valencia Basket over the summer.