It’s no secret that the 2019-2020 Boston Celtics are good. Okay…maybe they’re not good, they’re great! It has been a huge leap in the right direction following last seasons comedy act, the team has exceeded the expectations of many and seems to have the tools in place to make a run at the Eastern Conference. Although this may not be the final roster, as the NBA trade deadline approaches, let’s see how these current Celtics have performed this season.


The Expected

Jayson Tatum – Following the first game of the season, it seemed that Tatum was the same player from the year before just with increased shot volume. Now we can see, that was far from the truth. Eastern Conference All-Star Reserve, Jayson Tatum is the only player under 25 years old included in the top-10 defensive win shares, and he’s second… only to the reigning MVP, Giannis Antetokounmpo. Tatum has made significant improvements on both sides of the ball and is flourishing in a more solidified role this season.

Mid Season Grade: A

Kemba Walker – Ahhhhh…. replacing Kyrie Irving… Not as hard as it seems, especially if you have a player like Kemba Walker. Leadership was something the Celtics lacked last season, and given their success this season, Kemba is making all the difference. He may be the perfect player to compliment Tatum and Brown, as he can get his buckets (22 PPG) while making his teammates better.

Mid Season Grade: A

Jaylen Brown – Among the fringe All-Stars to be snubbed, Jaylen handled the news the best. The development of Brown’s maturity over the years has reached a point of veteran status… Nothing seems to bother him anymore, and this has been crucial to his 20 points per game and significant jumps to all of his shooting percentages. Now a two-time Eastern Conference player of the week, I think it’s time we include JB in the conversation of All-NBA.

Mid Season Grade: A

Marcus Smart – It’s no secret that Marcus Smart is a great defender but, now he’s a better shooter since entering the league and teams are starting to notice. The Celtics’ franchise record for most single game threes is now held by Smart after hitting 11 of his 22 attempts. Smart adapts well in any role Brad Stevens gives him, starting 27 of his 39 games this season.

Mid Season Grade: A-

Gordon Hayward – Celtics-Twitter would be fine if the team just released Hayward rather than watch him get beat on defense and miss wide-open alley oops in crunch time… but the truth is Hayward has been exceptional given the injury, kyrie, and so on. Closing in on the 50/40/90 club, Hayward has been efficient (51% FG/38% 3PT/88% FT). Whether you like it or not, Gordon is one the best playmaking-passers that the Celtics have to offer, and the team would suffer without him.

Mid Season Grade: B+


Middle of the Pack

Daniel Theis

Theis has been an unsung hero for the Celtics this season. The combination of Kanter and Theis is proving that maybe the Celtics don’t need an upgrade at the center position. Theis does everything well, not great.. but for his $5 million salary, it doesn’t get much better.

Mid Season Grade: B+

Enes Kanter – After scoring 19 points and adding 22 rebounds against the Pelicans, Kanter slander seemed to die down. In under 19 minutes per game, Kanter is averaging 9.5 points & 8.2 rebounds… and it’s ridiculous. To put things into perspective, Anthony Davis who plays about 35 minutes, posts 9 per game. Consider his team friendly contract and locker room presence a blessing.

Mid Season Grade: B-

Brad Wanamaker – During Kemba Walker’s absence, Wanamaker has done everything the Celtics have asked and more. Averaging 12 points and 5 assists (per 36 minutes), Brad has been a key role player for this Celtics team.

Mid Season Grade: B-

Javonte Green – When called upon, Javonte Green has risen to the challenge, he’s proved to worth every penny. Celtic fans would love to see him in the dunk contest.

Mid Season Grade: A-

Grant Williams – As of late, Grant has been putting the pieces together. Even as a rookie, you can see him make veteran, Al Horford-like plays and you just love to see it… After starting the season shooting threes rather terribly (0-for-22) – worse than Ben Simmons, Williams made corrections to his game and is now up to 23% on the season.

Mid Season Grade: B-


Bottom of the Barrel

Semi Ojeleye – I can’t help but feel bad for Semi. Throughout his entire career with the Celtics, he can never seem to find a solidified role with the team. When given minutes, he does the same thing – solid defense, a three pointer, a turnover, and then back to the bench. Real C’s fans know his potential and what he can contribute, but maybe it’s time we move on from Semi Ojeleye.

Mid Season Grade: C

Robert Williams III – When Time Lord returns to action, the hole at the center position will cease to exist. When given time to play, Rob posted 11 points on perfect shooting, seven rebounds and six blocks. If you’re wondering why the Celtics didn’t make a move for Clint Capela, it’s because Robert Williams III is our Capela… an athletic, above the rim-big who can effectively block shots.

Mid Season Grade: C

Tremont Waters – Waters has been electric while playing for the Maine Red Claws. An undersized guard who can score from anywhere will always have a spot on the Celtics roster.

Mid Season Grade: C-

Romeo Langford – Romeo, Romeo, where art thou Romeo. No seriously, we want to see him play, even in garbage time. Much like a lot of our young players, he has time to develop, so sit tight on Langford.

Mid Season Grade: C-

Carsen Edwards – Maybe we did lose the draft day Carsen-Thybulle trade, but that’s okay because the upside of Edwards is still present. Carsen and his quads need an increased role with the team to realize his potential, but he has time.

Mid Season Grade: C

Tacko Fall – The fan favorite, GOAT, Tacko Fall is averaging just under 30 points and 16 rebounds per 36 minutes, and is most likely this years biggest All-Star snub. In all seriousness, Tacko, when playing has been exciting to watch and I honestly hope he gets more playing time.

Mid Season Grade: C

Vincent Poirier – There’s not much to say about Vinny Sexy Pants. When given the opportunity to show his skills, he hasn’t risen to the challenge.

Mid Season Grade: D-


Adam Kemp

TheCelticsJournal - Senior Writer

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