At look at the Celtics preseason stats that stand out so far
Trying to make any real judgments based on four games of preseason basketball is a completely absurd thing to do. But that doesn't mean we can't look at the numbers up to this point and take note of what's been happening.
So far Jared Sullinger has clearly been the C's most effective player. He's leading the team in both scoring and rebounding, putting up 12.8 points and 6.5 boards in just over 20 minutes per game. Second on that list is Gerald Wallace, who averaged 11.7 points, 3 rebounds, and 3 assists in 23.3 minutes over the first 3 contests before earning a night off in the 4th.
The Celtics #3 scorer at the moment is (gulp) Jordan Crawford, at 10.7 PPG. Crawford has also been the club's best long range shooter, knocking down 7 of 12 three-point attempts. Avery Bradley is off to an encouraging start from downtown as well, 2nd on the team at 5-9. Bradley is also leading Boston in minutes played (25 per night) and steals, 2 per game (as expected).
After receiving a DNP-CD in the opener, Phil Pressey has recorded some nice numbers at the back up point guard spot, posting a Celtic best 4.3 assists in 22 minutes per game. Maybe even more impressive is the fact that he's turned the ball over just 4 times.
All of this begs the question, where is Jeff Green? Green is averaging a very pedestrian 7.8 points, 1.5 rebounds, and 1.8 assists; but the scary number is his .275 shooting percentage (11-40). Before panic sets it, let me again reiterate that this is the meaningless preseason, and only four games at that (a ridiculously small sample size). Here's an article I wrote analyzing Boston's exhibition stats last October, almost none of which held true for the regular season.