The Boston Celtics have graded out to about a B- as a team so far during the 2012 NBA season. The team’s record sits at 4-4, which isn’t great, but the Celtics have gone 3-1 since their captain, Paul Pierce, returned from a heel injury.
It’s true that the C’s were playing around D-grade status over their first three games, but this is a different team with Paul Pierce, even if he’s still a little shaky thus far.
One positive is that the Celtics are playing well with their new acquisitions. The team is actually surprisingly similar to last year’s squad.
Brandon Bass has easily taken over Glen Davis’ role. Keyon Dooling is playing well in the Delonte West role. And Greg Stiemsma even has a little Shaq in him.
It’s important to remember that it’s still early in the season, so while the individual player grades may not shift much between now and the end of the season, the team’s unity and chemistry should improve Boston to the B+ range.