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The Celtics weren't supposed to have this much talent on the roster.
Without Rajon Rondo (more on that later), there was Jeff Green and a bunch of spare parts, as the C's were essentially hoping that they could just hold on until the All-Star point guard returned to the lineup. Little did they know—or maybe they did—that the first handful of games would allow some players to emerge as quality rotation guys.
Green has been unsurprisingly solid, but we've seen Vitor Faverani and Jordan Crawford assert themselves as long-term keepers.
Although Faverani came back to earth after his torrid start to his rookie season, he's still been a solid defender and a great shot-blocker. It's quite clear that he has plenty of professional experience, as he's well ahead of the rookie curve in terms of rotations and defensive assignments.
The development of Crawford has been even more surprising. Whereas Faverani was an unknown commodity, Crawford had earned a much-deserved reputation as a conscienceless gunner.
So much for that.
During Crawford's first four games as a starter, he averaged 12.8 points, 3.0 rebounds and 5.8 assists per game while shooting 47.7 percent from the field. The highlight was a 16-point, 10-assist outing against the Orlando Magic that showed off just how much court vision he actually has.
This isn't going to be a flash in the pan, though expecting double-doubles would be a foolhardy desire for Boston fans.
There still isn't much star potential on the roster, but it's already abundantly clear that there's more talent than expected going into the season.