The Boston Celtics organization may not want to admit the franchise is tanking, but they certainly have not put the team in positions to succeed through the first five games of the 2013-14.
Still, even through the franchise’s worst start since 1969-70, there is plenty fans and pundits can take away from the games thus far. 2013-14 was always going to be an evaluative year for Boston, and with a slew of close games having been played so far we have had the opportunity to watch the C’s many building blocks attempt to execute in tight, late game scenarios.
The results have not always been pretty, and many C’s fans have found themselves longing for the surety of a KG mid-range jumper or a Pierce step back three, but the organization has an excellent opportunity to assess their current pieces and in a year where a title run is out of the question that is all one can hope for.
The C’s are averaging 19.8 turnovers per game, third worst in the NBA and are also dead last in assists with just 15.8 per contest. That ineptitude falls largely on the Boston point guards, or lack thereof.
While a five game sample size is undeniably too small to extrapolate out for the entire campaign, let’s take a moment to look at the performances of each Celtic in the early goings and how each of the five positions overall stacks up.
Note: Players are listed by primary positions this season, obviously there is some overlap.