Boston Celtics: Final Preseason Grades

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Oct 23, 2015; Manchester, NH, USA; (L to R) Boston Celtics forward Jared Sullinger (7), forward David Lee (42), guard James Young (13), guard Marcus Smart (36) and guard Evan Turner (11) come out of a timeout against the Philadelphia 76ers during the first half at Verizon Wireless Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

Team Grade: A-

The Boston Celtics, as indicated by their record, had a successful and encouraging preseason. The team has addressed some of their weaknesses last year, including 3-point shooting and rebounding. Celtics ranked 5th in the league in 3-point percentage (36.4) and 3rd in rebounds per game (49.9) during the preseason.

In addition to improving on 3-point shooting and rebounds, the Celtics have maintained their well-respected defense, owning the second best defensive rating in the preseason (89.1). David Lee, Amir Johnson, Terry Rozier, R.J. Hunter, and Jordan Mickey have all made in impact in their limited time with the Celts, contributing to the team’s victories in the preseason.

There are plenty of ways to discredit the team’s accomplishments and success in the preseason. Yes, they played against two European teams. Yes, they also played three games against two of the worst teams in the league.

However, do not let that belittle how well the Celtics played in the preseason. The Celtics have a great group of players, a coach on the rise to stardom, and an organization determined to bring another championship to Boston. This preseason we got a taste of how strong the synergy is between all three groups, and that’s what truly makes this team exciting.

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