4 Celtics who are exceeding expectations, 2 underperforming at the All-Star break

These Celtics over or underperformed their expectations before the All-Star break. 
Boston Celtics, Jrue Holiday, Jayson Tatum
Boston Celtics, Jrue Holiday, Jayson Tatum / Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports
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Exceeding expectations: Derrick White

White took a significant step forward in 2023. He made second-team All-Defense and was outstanding during the playoffs as Boston reached the conference finals. The Celtics knew White and Jrue Holiday would form one of the best defensive backcourts in the NBA, but many believed White’s offensive contributions would take a step back after the franchise added so much firepower.

Instead, the 6’4 guard is averaging a career-high 15.6 points per game and shooting a career-best 39.7 percent on his 3-point attempts. White is the team’s fourth-leading scorer ahead of Holiday and a key contributor on both ends of the floor. He ranks 33rd in the NBA in win shares per 48 minutes and is easily one of the most underrated players in the world.

Derrick White is shooting over 42 percent on corner threes this season and has been the perfect role player. If the Celtics need someone to make a play, the 29-year-old is ready. He can create a quality shot, sink an open look, or get a stop. Whatever Boston needs, he is ready.

As White has exceeded expectations, it has taken some opportunities away from his backcourt partner. Jrue Holiday is playing well, but his numbers have him on the other side of this ledger.