The Boston Celtics are a quarter of the way through the season, so we break down extensively how they’ve looked on both offense and defense so far.
The advent of analytics in sport ushered in a new era of how the brains-trust in sports organizations thinks about the decisions they make; while flashy names still rule the headlines, the salary cap keeps teams from acquiring a dearth of them (unless you’re Golden State and the stars line up).
‘Moneyball’ is the word on the lips of every NBA executive as they attempt to unearth the next diamond in the rough of NBA talent. Analytics also allows fans and pundits like myself to look at a team’s performance and try to explain what they have done and what they are trying to do.
The Boston Celtics season thus far has not gone according to plan. They were supposed to walk all over the Eastern Conference, setting opponents ablaze en route to a number-1 seed and a trip to the finals; however, 21 games into the season, the narrative has certainly shifted out of the Celtics’ favor, and many have sounded the alarm.
Many (myself included) predicted this team to push the 60-win mark during the regular season, which would require a very unlikely 49-12 stretch to finish after a less than inspiring start. However, stranger things have happened, and this is the NBA, where the strange and amazing happen on a nightly basis.
In this piece, we’ll look at the reasons the stats give us as to why the Celtics are where they are, and what they can do to improve as the season matures.
First up, a look at the underwhelming Celtics offense:
Kyrie? More like Ky-three, am I right? The Celtics captain may be shooting 39.1% from beyo…