The Boston Celtics added an incredible amount of players over the offseason. While not all of them are going to be putting up monumental numbers, their statistics will matter in Boston's success or failure in the 2013-14 season.
Nothing is guaranteed in the NBA. Some of the Boston newcomers on this list could see an early injury or get traded before the deadline, so these numbers are strictly based on what they'll do with the Celtics.
Let's take a look at some stat projections for each of Boston's offseason additions.
Keith Bogans is the Celtics' oldest player and doesn't really have a choice but to take on the role as a veteran leader. In fact, he's only three years younger than Boston's new head coach, 36-year-old Brad Stevens.
Chris Forsberg of ESPN Boston detailed how Bogans is prepared to be a leader for the Celtics. Bogans also has a message for fans that are hoping the Celtics have a bad season:
Well, they are going to be mad. We're going to come out and we're going to play Celtics basketball. We're going to give 110 percent. If they think we're going to tank this away and give up, they can cancel that because we're going to come out and play hard every night.
If you are tanking, in my book, you shouldn't be playing. I think every night you go out you should want to win. I hate losing, personally. So I'm going to try to pass that on to everybody else. I hope that's their mindset too.
You've got to love a player who has that attitude, regardless of if the Celtics actually succeed or fail. He won't be putting up any numbers worth mentioning, but just being in the locker room will be enough for other Boston players.
Projection: 3.8 points, 1.0 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 32.9 three-point percentage.
Marshon Brooks could be an absolute steal if he gets his head on straight and receives at least 25 minutes a game.
He averaged 12.6 points in 29.4 minutes per game during his rookie season. Last year, his numbers fell to 5.4 points in 12.5 minutes. A drop like that from such a young player usually means they got put in the coach's doghouse.
Moving to Boston should help to lure him out of that doghouse.
It might sound like a ridiculous stretch, but there is a chance of Brooks turning into a franchise-player for the Celtics. It won't all happen during the 2013-14 season, but there will certainly be signs of it taking place. Look out for one of the best comeback seasons out of anybody in the NBA.
Projection: 14.2 points, 3.8 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 44.6 field-goal percentage, 33.2 three-point percentage.
Vitor Faverani is a 25-year-old rookie who has been playing in Europe for the past few seasons. In his extremely detailed scouting report on Faverani, Forsberg listed him as a 6' 11", 260-pound power forward with a developed offensive game.
Faverani's defense leaves a lot to be desired because of his lack of speed around the basket, but assuming he stays healthy, Faverani has a chance to get consistent low-level minutes. Boston's lack of size should help him see more court time.
Projection: 12.3 minutes, 3.1 points, 2.6 rebounds, 0.3 blocks, 49.6 field-goal percentage.
Are Kris Humphries' best days behind him?
The power forward has seen his success slip last season. After averaging a double-double in points and rebounds over the two previous season, he only averaged 5.8 points and 5.6 rebounds last season to raise questions about what happened.
A decrease in minutes was apparent last season, so Boston fans should be hoping the answer is as simple as that. Luckily for them, it probably is. Humphries should see a big boost in playing time with the Celtics because they simply have no size.
Humphries has proven he's capable of scoring and rebounding with consistency in the past. Now it's time for him to show he's back to his productive ways and that last season was a fluke.
Projection: 29.5 minutes, 12.7 points, 9.3 rebounds, 0.8 blocks, 76.0 free-throw percentage.
Those saying that Kelly Olynyk's summer league performance will translate into the regular season need to slow down a bit. His play was a bit of a surprise. He not only played well, but he also ended up being one of the top rookies in NBA summer league basketball.
Drew Packham of NBA.com kept track of all of the rookies playing over the summer and ranked the top performers with Olynyk ending up as the No. 1 rookie on his list. Packham described Packham's style of play perfectly:
Olynyk averaged 18.0 ppg (most in Orlando) and 7.8 rpg, while hitting 58 percent of his shots. From Day 1, in which he broke out for 25 points, the 7-footer showed an ability to score in a variety of ways. When opponents put a bigger, slower defender on him, he stepped out and hit the midrange jumper. When the defender decided to step out to stop the shot, Olynyk used a quick first step and variety of moves -- up-and-under, baby hooks across the lane -- to get his buckets.
Olynyk will be able to bring most of his abilities to the Celtics during the regular season, but they'll come in smaller doses.
He does have an advantage over most other rookies, though. He will be playing on a team that is destined to struggle during the 2013-14 season. The trade of Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to New Jersey leave Boston shorthanded and will allow Olynyk to stay on the court, regardless if he struggles or not.
Consistent playing time will boost his stats a bit. Just don't expect rookie of the year-type numbers out of Olynyk.
Projection: 27.4 minutes, 12.3 points, 7.4 rebounds, 0.8 blocks, 47.1 field-goal percentage.
Phil Pressey's first goal will be to stay on Boston's regular season roster. The good news for Pressey is that he is even on the Celtics for now.
The most obvious benefit for Pressey is how he should have every opportunity to learn from one of the game's best point guards in Rondo. Rondo tore his ACL in January, but there is a chance of elite point guard returning in time for opening night, according to Forsberg. Having Pressey watch from the bench and learning in practice would be one of the best ways for him to understand the game better. Rondo's return could be priceless in this regard.
Pressey playing under Bradley and Rondo would also be good because both veterans are very injury prone. What easier way to stay on a roster than for the players ahead of you not to be able to play? If both current Celtics continue to struggle with staying healthy, then Pressey might see more playing time than he initially thought.
Projection: 9.7 minutes, 2.9 points, 2.4 assists, 0.9 steals, 1.3 turnovers.
There are times where it looks like Wallace has never shot a basketball before or where he seems to be dribbling a square ball, but that comes with the territory. The advantage of having Wallace on your team is how you get a player with his ability to effectively defend three positions.
Wallace is definitely beginning the downward slope of his career. His best days are behind him and he isn't on a team anywhere near contending for a title. To be honest, his chances of getting moved before the trade deadline are pretty high, so Boston needs to get as much out of him as it can.
Look for the veteran to show that he still has a little bit left in the tank, even if it isn't the premium stuff he used to have. Boston's younger players are lucky to have a guy like Wallace on the team. He never takes a play off and looks like he fully appreciates being an NBA player.
That is a trait which is hard to see out of the majority of those playing in the league.
Projection: 31.2 minutes, 13.6 points, 5.1 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 1.8 steals, 1.0 blocks.