The Boston Celtics have been arguably the best team in the NBA so far. They remade their roster this summer in hopes of getting over the hump and winning the franchise’s 18th championship. Trading for Kristaps Porzingis and Jrue Holiday were two massive swings. It left some questions, but the Celtics are proving it was the correct decision.
The Celtics have the best offense in the NBA and are top ten in defensive rating. That is the hallmark of a championship contender. Jayson Tatum has been arguably the best player through six games and his supporting cast has instantly meshed. Boston won their first five before losing to the Timberwolves on Monday, but the Celtics remain a scary opponent for even the league’s best squads.
They have the potential to be a historically great team, but it is still early. Here is a look at which players are standing out through six contests and who is struggling.
Stock skyrocketing: Kristaps Porzingis
Boston acquired KP because the 7’3 big man gave them an added dimension. He is a plus 3-point shooter with range from well beyond the arc, who can protect the rim, get 20 points every night, and score out of the post. Even the Celtics could not have imagined what Porzingis has brought so far.
The Unicorn is shooting north of 42.9 percent from 3-point range, blocking 1.7 shots per game, and giving the team a massive boost on both ends of the floor. His scoring and shot attempts are down from last season, but only because the Celtics have blown out the opposition and have multiple mouths to feed. Boston must keep him healthy but is ecstatic by the early returns.
KP stretches the defense, and the added space has been massive. He can post up and score if necessary, but his outside shooting could be the difference-maker in Boston. Kristaps Porzingis has improved the Celtics title odds. He looks to be on his way to a career year as he fits perfectly with his new franchise.