The Celtics have been dominant to start out the season, and it’s thanks to a whole team effort.
After Monday, Boston leads the league in points per game (121.3), offensive rating (120.9), net rating (9.0) and true shooting (63%). Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown have led the way in which for the C’s, but players like Marcus Smart and Malcolm Brogdon have provided solid contributions as well.
The latter was acquired by the Celtics this past offseason as a veteran piece to assist boost Boston’s roster for an additional NBA Finals run. Brogdon has held up his end of the cut price, averaging 13.6 points on 44.3% 3-point shooting — a profession high if the season were to finish Monday.
“No, nothing close,” Brogdon told reporters after the Celtics’ blowout win over the Charlotte Hornets, per NBC Sports Boston video. “This can be a treat for any NBA player. Whether you ask Marcus Smart, Tatum, Brown, anybody, it’s a treat to play on a team like this.”
Brogdon added: “It’s truthfully a typical conversation I even have with guys, nearly appreciating where they’re. Marcus, Jayson, Jaylen, Grant, these guys haven’t seen other teams, so that they don’t understand how other organizations, other teams, how all the things works somewhere else. So there’s a whole lot of good here, from the highest down — the leadership all the way down to the PTs, the players. There’s a whole lot of good here. I remind the blokes of that when times get tough because there’s all the time going to be times and days when there’s lulls, guys can get just a little unhappy. It’s just a part of the character of the business, but for me and Blake (Griffin), we’ve been in situations where the team will not be winning, and the team is admittedly struggling and there’s chaos. I attempt to encourage guys to be appreciative of what they’ve here.”
The previous Rookie of the 12 months winner has accepted a task off the bench, and his production has allowed interim head coach Joe Mazzulla to select his spots along with his stars in Tatum and Brown, who sat out Monday’s contest as a consequence of a neck injury.