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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Underperforming: Jrue Holiday

The Celtics acquired Holiday on the eve of the season. It only became possible after the Bucks traded him to Portland to get Damian Lillard. Boston did not miss out on the chance to land an elite defensive guard. They know the hallmark of a championship contender is finishing in the top ten in offensive and defensive rating. The Celtics are currently first on offense and third on the other end of the floor.

Holiday is playing a crucial role, but his stats are way down. His 13.1 points per game are his lowest since his rookie season in 2010 where he played just 24.2 minutes each night. The 6’4 guard’s playing time is up with his rebounds, but his assists and steals have dropped with his scoring.

Holiday has become an elite shooter for the Celtics. He has hit 44.0 percent of his 3-point attempts this season, which includes an unbelievable 64.2 percent on corner triples. He is taking over 22 percent of his overall threes attempted from the corners too. Holiday is wide open and cannot miss.

Jrue Holiday is playing a crucial role on the best team in the NBA. Fans won’t have any complaints, but his counting stats are down with the Boston Celtics. It may not be the production everyone expected, but Holiday has made a massive impact and will be vital to the Celtics making a deep postseason run.