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Boston Celtics Grades: A Look at Every Player on the Roster's Season

Joseph FafinskiCorrespondent IMarch 19, 2011

Boston Celtics Grades: A Look at Every Player on the Roster's Season

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    The Boston Celtics currently sit at 48-19 and are one-half game behind the energized Chicago Bulls atop the Eastern Conference, a spot they had claimed prior to the Bulls' took over.

    I will take a look at every player on the Celtics' roster and assess their performance thus far in the 2010-11 season. After the assessment, I will dish out proper grades. 

    The biggest obstacle in this slide show definitely lay within the fact that five players were shipped to Boston prior to the trade deadline. Instead of giving unfair grades, I made a slide dedicated to the newcomers.

    Without further ado, I hope you enjoy and thanks for reading!

The Newcomers

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    Carlos Arroyo-

    When I did my Heat grading segment, Arroyo earned a D for his performance in Miami.

    While he is already playing 15.7 minutes per game with the Celtics, it is too early to grade his overall performance.

     

    Jeff Green-

    In 10 games since leaving the team he played his entire career as a member of, the Thunder, Jeff Green has done exceptionally well with his new club, averaging double-digits and always being one of the first off the bench.

    However, like Arroyo, it is too early to dish him a grade.

     

    Nenad Krstic-

    Since arriving with Green from Oklahoma City, Nenad Krstic has been exceptional for Boston. He is averaging 12 points and seven rebounds (2.9 of them being offensive boards), and honestly who expected that?

    It's too bad that, like all the other February newcomers, I can't give the seven-foot Serbian a grade yet.

     

    Troy Murphy-

    Ever since the Celtics grabbed a hold of Troy Murphy, he hasn't been much of a factor in a Celtics uniform.

    For that, like many on this list, I can't give a grade to 6'11" Notre Dame product.

     

    Aleksander Pavlovic-

    Pavlovic, like Murphy and Arroyo, hasn't seen too much of the hardwood in Boston, and based on just six games and a 10.8 minutes of play average, he cannot be given a grade. 


Ray Allen

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    It's hard not to give Ray Allen an A based on the NBA record that he set earlier this season, but at the same time it's difficult to go against him on the scale for that particular reason.

    As usual, Ray-Ray is shooting lights out. His 50.1 percent on all shots is fourth on the C's, and his 46.5 percent number from downtown is first on the team, not to mention that it ranks among the league's best.

    He is averaging 17.2 points and 3.5 rebounds, and additionally is playing some respectable defense.

    Grade: B+

Avery Bradley

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    A rookie out of Texas, Avery Bradley is having himself a bench-filled season.

    He is playing just over four minutes per game this season, and during that limited time he is averaging one point per game.

    The 20-year-old barely passes the grading scale.

    Grade: D-

Kevin Garnett

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    After dealing with a plethora of injuries as of late, Kevin Garnett has stepped up and played to a high level of competition.

    Easily the most intense player on the Celtics, Garnett is the unquestioned leader of this frontcourt. "The Big Ticket" is still one of the league's best defenders in the post and guard.

    He is third on the C's in scoring with 15.0 points per, and he still can rebound exceptionally, sporting a 9.1 per game number in that department.

    Come playoff time, Kevin Garnett will once again be one of the most important catalysts in Boston if the club wants to reach the Finals for the third time in the last four years.

    Grade: A-

Paul Pierce

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    For a decade now, Paul Pierce has been the heart and soul of the Boston Celtics franchise. This season is no different story as the 6'6" Pierce continues to make his mark among the greatest in C's history.

    He is averaging 18.8 points per game to lead the club and shooting 50 percent from the floor, a very respectable number as well as a career-high.

    Much like Garnett, he brings great intensity and shows a unique presence on both sides of the court.

    The Truth will be a main factor, like always, as the Celtics prepare to make another historic postseason run.

    Grade: A-

Jermaine O'Neal

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    Let's go back in time for a second here. Let's make it, um, 2004. A Shaquille and Jermaine O'Neal frontcourt would make the C's the unquestioned best team in the league.

    Alas, it is 2011 and Jermaine is a role player at best in Boston.

    Playing 18.1 minutes in 17 games doesn't get you a good grade, even if injury is the reason.

    Grade: D+

Shaquille O'Neal

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    At this point of the season the Celtics have to be missing their inside presence in the O'Neals, Shaq and Jermaine alike. For now they have to work with the revived Nenad Krstic

    Regardless, the Diesel was having a great season as a 38-year-old in Massachusetts before he fell prey to the injury bug.

    He was averaging 9.4 points and 4.9 rebounds in 20.7 minutes and, for the first half of the season, was the Celtics' starting center.

    Grade: C+

Glen Davis

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    I really like Glen Davis as a player. He's big, he's bold, he's brash, and so far he's having one heck of a 2010-11.

    Davis is an example of someone who doesn't need to put up phenomenal statistics to be a key factor of a team.

    However, I should mention that he's averaging 11.6 points per game in 29 minutes of play.

    Grade: B

Rajon Rondo

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    Rajon Rondo, simply put, is a perfect fit in the green pastures of Boston.

    Not necessarily the greatest shooter around, all other aspects of the former Kentucky Wildcat's game are extremely polished. He leads the league in assists and steals, with 11.7 and 2.38 respectively.

    I've said this before, but I do believe it'll be quite interesting to see how he performs once guys like KG, Ray-Ray, and the Truth conclude their Hall of Fame careers.

    For now, Rondo is having another fantastic season even after hitting a recent rough patch.

    Grade: B+

Von Wafer

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    Despite playing in nearly every game this season, the bench has become Von Wafer's greatest niche this season for the Boston Celtics.

    He gets off it only 8.8 minutes per game, and averages three points per game while on the floor. His best number, though, is the 85.3 percent clip from the charity stripe.

    Nothing much to see here; move along.

    Grade: D+

Delonte West

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    Although his season just began, that can't take away from the fact that Delonte West is a confusing player. Some seasons he'll be great, the next he'll be the last guy off the bench.

    He has played in just nine games this season and, like Wafer, is struggling to find a nice among the blur of superstars in Boston.

    Rumor has it that he spent the first few months of the season with LeBron James and his mom.

    Grade: D

About the Author

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    Joseph Fafinski is a 19-year-old, originally from Chaska, Minnesota.

    He is currently a freshman at the University of Missouri pursuing a career in journalism.

    He is a huge fan of basketball, football, baseball and golf, and is a Featured Columnist on Bleacher Report for the Minnesota Timberwolves. He also loves the Green Bay Packers and the Minnesota Twins.

    You can follow Joseph on Twitter at @JosephFafinski.

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