Early-Season Report Cards for Boston Celtics’ Key Prospects

December 22nd, 2015 by Vytis Lasaitis Leave a reply »
The Boston Celtics are competitive in an improved Eastern Conference, despite the team's current foundation of prospects. Building around a young core can be fruitful, but developing everyone simultaneously is tough.

The Celtics' roster is the fifth-youngest in the NBA, with an average age of 24.5. Most teams tend to have a couple of youngsters who receive sufficient room to grow, but Boston is currently juggling that attention across its talent pool.

The Celtics are in an uncommon dilemma: They are good enough for playoff contention despite being in a rebuilding stage. It means that some guys who are worth an extended look haven't quite gotten a fair opportunity to dip their toes in the NBA waters.

Paul Flannery of SB Nation summed up Boston's conundrum well:

"The Celtics are what they are: A good but not great team that’s a pain in the neck to play against, but with a much thinner margin of error than most of their competitors."

The roles of Boston's young players vary greatly. Some are established and inching closer to veteran titles, while others remain raw rookies. Anyone 24 or younger qualifies for the prospec ...

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