It’s the Thanksgiving season so it’s time for Celtics fans to “give thanks” (look it’s my favorite holiday and I’m going to extend it a few days). And even though the season is young it’s pretty clear Boston has a lot to be thankful for.
Be thankful for Kemba Walker, the ideal point guard for this iteration of green teamers. We all saw what the wrong fit looks like last year and it’s safe to say Walker is the complete opposite. He is a breath of fresh air. I’m certainly not the first person to say this, but he gives what the game needs most of the time. Morever, he’s a great teammate that is never afraid to share or give up the spotlight entirely. Walker simply cares about wins. And at the end of the day that’s all that really matters.
Be thankful for the improvements of the Jay’s: Jayson and Jaylen.
Jaylen Brown looks significantly more confident in about almost everything he does on the basketball floor. The two things that really stand out: his ability to get into the lane and the front of the rim and his improved vision. Brown learned that his speed and athleticism was stunted by his handle, or lack-there-of. Now you’re seeing a mature Jaylen Brown, someone who is definitely worth a contract extension.
Meanwhile Tatum’s improvements have come in his shot selection. Yes, it’s annoying that he isn’t finishing at the rim right now. But at this point it’s more about the process. He’s getting there with relative ease, just not finishing. As he gets stronger those misses will turn to makes. Tatum’s shot profile just looks better and he looks more decisive. I also will point out he finished with a career-high seven assists Sunday against the Knicks, so he’s improving his vision as well.
Finally, be thankful for…Brad Wanamaker. Yes, Brad Wanamaker.
I fully admit that I was not the biggest Wanamaker fan in the beginning of the year. However, since about the third week of the season his numbers are trending in a positive direction. And given all of the injuries the Celtics have endured at his position this early on in the year it’s easy to say Boston wouldn’t be where they are without him.
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17:09 Jaylen, Jayson carrying the Celtics vs the Knicks
32:21 An apology to Brad Wanamaker
37:50 In-season tournament