5 Celtics who are exceeding expectations, 2 underperforming at midway point of season

The Celtics are title contenders with these players performing unexpectedly.

Boston Celtics, Jayson Tatum, Jrue Holiday
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Underperforming: Oshae Brissett

The Celtics signed Brissett just hours into free agency, and fans thought he may play a key role in Beantown. The 6’7 wing was part of the Pacers rotation for two straight years, and the 25-year-old should just be entering his prime. Brissett has never played in the playoffs, but some believed he would take another step on a contender.

At the midway point of the regular season, he is averaging his fewest minutes per game since his rookie season in 2020. To make matters worse, he is scoring just 4.2 points per game and shooting 32.3 percent from 3-point range. Brissett has played in just 25 of their first 41 games, and his role has been inconsistent.

The 25-year-old signed a two-year deal worth $4.5 million in the offseason, but he has a player option for the second season. Brissett likely declines it and tries to find a role with another contender.

His shooting has been inconsistent throughout his career, but the Boston Celtics do have a 131 offensive rating with him on the floor. Brissett’s advanced metrics are strong, despite the limited run. If he gets more minutes moving forward, Oshae Brissett could change the narrative, but that does not appear to be happening anytime soon.