This column is part two of a two part series. If you haven’t been able to read part one, please do so! This article will talk about Celtics rookies mentioned in part one in regard to how they are doing and what they are adding to the team.
Number One: Jayson Tatum averages about 13-14 points a game (316 total) and has played in all 23 games this NBA season with the Celtics. I think he is a great prospect and he was definitely a great first round pick. His market value will definitely increase, which makes him a great trading piece for the Celtics, but as long as he is here, he is adding value to this team.
Number Two: Semi Ojeleye does not score anywhere near the amount that Tatum does with only 59 career points. He has told press that he aspires to be like Marcus Smart and to do that he needs to work in toughness and making plays and big shots. So Semi has his dreams…but don’t we all? I’d like to see him put in some more work and I think Stevens is expecting that too.
Two Way Contract “Rookies”
Number Three: Jabari Bird has appeared in two games and scored three points. It was lightly projected that Bird would only see a handful of minutes in the NBA, and so far this has held true. Bird is making most of his basketball appearances with the Maine Red Claws, totaling 155 points (and more than just a handful of minutes!) I think if we want to see any significant role from this guy, we might have to wait another season.
Number Four: Kadeem Allen hasn’t made his NBA regular season appearance yet (besides his one October preseason game). His Maine Red Claws stats (8 games played) are looking okay. He’s in triple digits in scoring (138) and has a 50% field goal percentage. No one expected his role would be significant on the Celtics and it honestly isn’t yet.
Second Time Around “Rookie”/ In a Whole Other League (Literally)
Number Five: Abdel Nader came out of the G-league as Rookie of the Year, earning his chance with the Celtics. He has come out with a solid 11 games and 16 points. I think that his extra experience keeps him as a solid player on the roster. However, rumors suggest he will be seeing a lot more G-League playing time in the months to come.
Number Six: Guerschon Yabusele has only seen 7 games played. I think that The Celtics were looking for a Draymond Green type of “big” player here. I also think that Stevens expects more from Ojeleye, so Yabusele has been put on the backburner.
Number Seven: Daniel Theis has made me happy. Coming to the Celtics as an established player, he brings a defensive edge. He has made 21 game appearances and scored 90 total points. He is definitely one of the featured bench players. I would say his role is pretty significant on the team.
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Nina is a 20 year old college student from Massachusetts. She loved playing and analyzing sports her whole life and is an avid fantasy football and basketball player. Nina is also the captain of the Lesley University Lynx Cheer team. Her favorite teams are the Patriots and Celtics and wherever Aaron Rodgers and Kelly Olynk are playing!