Since the loss of Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen, there haven't been that many League Pass worthy characteristics for our beloved Boston Celtics. We haven't really had a highlight dunker or a player that could make fellow Celtics homer Bill Simmons react like this:
STEPH CURRY HEAT CHECK ALERT!!!!— Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) November 1, 2013
The watchability of this team has picked up since we acquired the likes of Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder and Jonas Jerebko to some degree. Thomas brings an offensive spark with his nifty passes and confident finishes at the rim. Crowder brings toughness and an edge that we have not had on this club for the past few seasons. And Jerebko is the "Swedish Larry Bird," so what else needs to be said?
Zach Lowe of Grantland has the Celtics ranked 15th in The Annual NBA League Pass Ranking:
Purists will adore the side-to-side ball movement, dribble handoffs, Kelly Olynyk’s pump-and-go, Amir Johnson sliding a half-step at just the right time to block a driving lane, bulldog defense from Marcus Smart and Avery Bradley, and so much more. But no one has ever said, “You have to change the channel to see how Jae Crowder is driving against closeouts tonight!”
Lowe hits the nail right on the head in my opinion. It has been well publicized throughout the offseason in every NBA preview under the sun; there isn't a star in this group yet. We don't have a guy who can go off and cause fans to stop and say, "Hey have you seen what Player X is doing on the Celtics? He has 27 points at halftime!"
For NBA enthusiasts though, the Celtics have a lot to offer. Their ball movement has been likened to the 2014 Spurs and last season's Hawks and a defensive unit of Marcus Smart, Avery Bradley, Crowder and Amir Johnson would be something to be reckoned with. Brad Stevens' after time out plays (ATO's) are as dangerous as any player on our roster and something that basketball pundits around the country rave about. There are pieces here for League Pass users to enjoy and I think the C's will endear themselves to many fans around the country with their youth and never-say-die attitude.
After all, that is the reason why Boston got behind this squad last year. They fought and clawed their way back into every game and could never be counted out. Without a star-caliber player to start the season, the Celtics are going to have to carry that same mentality throughout the 2015-2016 campaign.
And lets not forget the broadcast trio of Mike Gorman, Tommy Heinsohn and Brian Scalabrine. Lowe says:
But these guys will be fun, and the narration from Mike Gorman and Brian Scalabrine is as good as it gets. Tommy Heinsohn’s whiskey-soaked pipes are an acquired taste, but it’s amazing how homerism is almost charming when it rattles out of an old guy who doesn’t care what anyone outside Boston thinks.
You might not see a 40-point game or too many hellacious dunks during the season, but the Celtics are going to be a League Pass team that makes you stop and watch for a while.
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