Celtics: Projecting Brad Stevens’ Starting Five and Rotation

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Apr 14, 2015; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas (4) works the ball against Toronto Raptors forward Terrence Ross (31) in the second half at TD Garden. The Celtics defeated the Toronto Raptors 95-93. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Sixth Man: Isaiah Thomas

Arguably the best offensive perimeter player that the Celtics have, Isaiah Thomas is primed to be an elite weapon for the team off of the bench. After being acquired via trade from the Phoenix Suns in the middle of last season, Thomas made a huge impact on the Celtics.

He quickly became their primary ball handler, and a huge offensive weapon for the team. Coming exclusively off of the bench, Thomas averaged an impressive 19 points and 5.4 assists per game in only 26 minutes per contest. He was also a huge contributor in their playoff series against the Cleveland Cavaliers, finishing with 17.5 points and seven assists per contest in that series.

Thomas proved to be a dynamic offensive weapon for the Celtics off the bench last season, and I expect to see more of the same this year. He is a great ball handler who can pass the ball very well. He can drive to the hoop and set up his own shot, while also probably being the team’s most dangerous outside shooter.

He does not bring much defensively, but Thomas is a guy who can create on his own, and is not afraid to take the last shot. His offensive arsenal is impressive, and Stevens knows how to use him well. Thomas is a major Sixth Man of the Year candidate this season.

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