May 22, 2020, 12:21 pm
2019-2020 Boston Celtics Season Recap to date
2018-2019 Record Home Record Road Record
49-33 28-13 21-20
2019-2020 Record Home Record Road Record
43-21 23-9 20-12
Fun Facts for the season
-Jayson Tatum took the big leap forward in 2019-20 that many thought would happen in his sophomore season. He excelled specifically in the last 20 games of the campaign, when he produced first-round value in both 8- and 9-cat leagues with averages of 28.2 points, 7.6 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 1.6 steals, 1.0 blocks, 3.8 3-pointers on .483 shooting and .760 from the free throw line in 35.6 mpg. After witnessing what Tatum brought to the court this year, it is clear that he has to be the number one option for the Celtics moving forward.
-The Celtics welcomed in their new point guard, Kemba Walker, after seeing Kyrie Irving leave in free agency. Unfortunately, Kemba produced his lowest per-game fantasy value since the 2014-15 season in his first year with the Celtics and failed to meet his second-round ADP by two rounds.
-The biggest surprise in terms of fantasy value for the Celtics this season came from the center position. Daniel Theis was not on many draft boards heading into drafts but cemented himself as the starting center after the first game of the season. Theis was not flashy by any means but was able to plod along as a 9th/7th round per-game value while missing only six games.
-After missing all but one game in his first season with the Celtics, Hayward has missed a combined 29 out of a possible 155 games over the last two seasons, including the playoffs (he played in 81 percent of games since 2018-19). He got off to a great start to the year, providing top-30 per game value over his first seven appearances before breaking his left hand on November 9. Since returning on December 9, Hayward played in 37 out of a possible 43 contests and produced per-game value just outside the top-50.
-Marcus Smart is now the most tenured player on the roster, having been there for at least two more seasons than anyone else on the team. Smart has been able to carve out a role for himself in the league as a defensive specialist as he has led the team in steals per game for the last four seasons. Smart is now ranked sixth all-time in steals per game (1.6) and ninth all-time in total steals (615) out of anyone who has ever played for the Celtics, one of the most historic franchises in the league.
-The Celtics will have a decision to make in 2020-21 with their roster construction as Tatum is slated to become a restricted free agent in 2021 while Hayward would be in the last year of his contract (Hayward has a player option of $34.19M in 2020-21). It would appear that the team will not be able to retain Hayward unless he decides to take a team-friendly discount so the Celtics may look to make a move prior to the conclusion of next season.
Rosterable in 12-team 8/9-cat leagues (per-game value)
-Jayson Tatum (2nd round/1st round)
-Kemba Walker (4th round/4th round)
-Gordon Hayward (5th round/4th round)
-Jaylen Brown (5th round/6th round)
-Marcus Smart (5th round/5th round)
-Daniel Theis (9th round/7th round)
Showed flashes of fantasy value in 12-team 8/9-cat leagues (per-game value)
-Enes Kanter (9th round/8th round from Dec 9 through Jan 11)
-Brad Wanamaker (10th round/10th round from Feb 1 through Feb 26)
Rosterable in standard points leagues
(This is Yahoo’s standard scoring system, we’ll be using them as a reference for the rankings but obviously things will be different in your league if you use a custom scoring format or play on ESPN/CBS/Fantrax)
-Jayson Tatum (2nd round)
-Kemba Walker (3rd round)
-Gordon Hayward (5th round)
-Marcus Smart (5th round)
-Jaylen Brown (6th round)
-Daniel Theis (12th round)
Flashes of value in standard points leagues:
Predicting standard league relevant players for 2020-21 season
-Jayson Tatum (all formats)
-Kemba Walker (all formats)
-Gordon Hayward (all formats)
-Jaylen Brown (all formats)
-Marcus Smart (all formats)
-Daniel Theis (8/9-cat)
Potential for standard league value for 2020-21 season
-Daniel Theis (points leagues)
-Enes Kanter (8/9-cat)
-Grant Williams (9-cat)
-Robert Williams (8/9-cat)
Upcoming Notable Free Agents
-Gordon Hayward (player option of $34.19M in 2020-21)
-Daniel Theis (team option of $5M in 2020-21)
-Enes Kanter (player option of $5.01M in 2020-21)
-Semi Ojeleye (team option of $1.75M in 2020-21)
-Brad Wanamaker (unrestricted)
-Javonte Green (team option of $1.52M in 2020-21)
Upcoming Draft Picks
-2020 first round pick
-2020 first round pick (via Memphis protected top-6, if unconveyed Boston receives unprotected first round pick in 2021)
-2020 first round pick (via Milwaukee)
-2020 second round pick (protected 31-53, 54-60 to Charlotte)
-2021 first round pick
-2021 second round pick
-2022 first round pick
-2022 second round pick
May 24, 2020, 9:20 pmKyrie IrvingPG, Brooklyn Nets
Following Governor Andrew Cuomo's greenlight from earlier on Sunday, the Nets will reopen their practice facilities on Tuesday.
The team will open its doors to voluntary player workouts. The team's statement went on to elaborate that they would strictly follow NBA and infectious disease expert protocols as they resume activities. It's another small step in the right direction as the NBA continues its climb towards trying to play actual games.
Source: Malika Andrews on Twitter
May 24, 2020, 8:03 pmKemba WalkerPG, Boston Celtics
Kemba Walker feels that his left knee hampered him earlier this year because of all of the basketball he's played over the course of his career.
The knee pain has been a constant this season, and Walker has missed eight games due to the injury overall. He should be fully recovered for when the season does resume at this point, and if he is able to get enough practice reps in he'll be able to avoid any restrictions whenever the league-wide shutdown is lifted.
Source: The Athletic
May 24, 2020, 7:56 pmAnte ZizicPF, Cleveland Cavaliers
If Ante Zizic chooses to leave the NBA when he hits free agency this offseason, he could draw interest from Maccabi Tel Aviv.
Zizic had a lot of success in 2016-17 when he was last in the Euro League with Darussafaka, averaging 9 points and 6.7 rebounds in under 21 minutes per game. In comparison, he's been an afterthought for the Cavs this season, only averaging 10 minutes per game. Moreover, the Cavs declined to pick up his player option for next season, and they already have plenty of options for the frontcourt between Kevin Love, Larry Nance Jr., and possibly DeAndre Drummond (player option). Maccabi will have to see how much salary flexibility they have this offseason as ticket sales are likely to take a hit in Israel next year.
Source: Euro Hoops
May 24, 2020, 7:33 pmKevin DurantSF, Brooklyn Nets
On Sunday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that professional sports teams based in New York may resume operations immediately.
With Governor Cuomo's green light in place the Knicks and Nets are now just waiting for Adam Silver's seal of approval on getting back into there facilities. The majority of the league now has state approval to access their practice facilities and the NBA is slowly ramping up activities in hopes of resuming games in July.
Source: Andrew Cuomo on Twitter
May 23, 2020, 9:43 pmLeBron JamesSF, Los Angeles Lakers
Ramona Shelburne of ESPN reported that the NBA has entered "exploratory conversations" with Disney on restarting the season at Disney's ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida.
NBA spokesperson Mike Bass said the NBA and NBPA have discussed with Disney on restarting the season in late July. Marc Stein reported on Friday that it is looking increasingly likely that games will resume in July, and it appears that the stage for the rest of the 2019-20 season is likely to be Orlando.
May 23, 2020, 9:32 pmLaMelo BallPG, International
The Knicks have LaMelo Ball as their top-rated point guard for the 2020 NBA Draft.
The Knicks have a need at point guard and Ball is considered the point guard with the highest upside in this draft. He had poor shooting numbers in his 12 games in the NBL this past season, shooting .250 from deep and .375 from the field. He is a gifted passer though and averaged 6.8 assists per game in 31.3 minutes, adding 17.0 points, 7.6 rebounds and 1.6 steals. If Ball was drafted by the Knicks, he could help younger players RJ Barrett and Mitchell Robinson get easier looks. Ball will likely be given an opportunity to run the offense by the team that drafts him and he could put up big assists numbers. He also has an impressive steal rate in limited play in Australia, but his shooting percentages are a big concern.
May 23, 2020, 9:15 pmBradley BealSG, Washington Wizards
Bradley Beal’s agent, Mark Bartelstein, said “There are no Beal Sweepstakes and that’s why he re-signed with the Wizards.”
Bartelstein continued to say “Brad re-signed with the Wizards because he wanted to stay in Washington and the Wizards wanted to keep him there.” Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News reported earlier in the week that the Nets had internal discussions with the Wizards for Beal. A trade out of Washington would likely hurt Beal’s fantasy value, but it’s not worth putting too much stock into trade rumors for Beal in dynasty leagues.
May 22, 2020, 9:13 pmJonathan IsaacPF, Orlando Magic
Jonathan Isaac, who sustained a serious left knee injury in January, said his knee is "feeling strong" and that he has been squatting increasingly more weight recently.
Isaac also said recently that he's open to returning if and when the NBA season is resumed and as long as the Magic organization is on-board with it. He has been running on an anti-gravity treadmill and indicated that his knee feels "110 percent" after more than four months of rehab. Isaac is a huge part of the Magic's future and it remains to be seen whether or not they will take the risk.
Source: John Denton on Twitter
May 22, 2020, 8:59 pmStephen CurryPG, Golden State Warriors
Certain NBA franchises in highly-restricted areas due to COVID-19 are inquiring with league officials about heading straight to the proposed "bubbles" rather than heading to an alternate location to train, completing a quarantine, then going to the bubble and completing a second quarantine period, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.
The idea behind this is to avoid quarantining twice, first for a training period and then for again when they reach the bubble. Since players on these teams are (theoretically) already under heavy self-quarantine restrictions, this could potentially come to fruition. It seems like a realistic proposition at this point, although everything is still in a planning stage as far as an NBA return is concerned. Only time will tell and there are rumblings that teams are preparing to recall the majority of their players on or around June 1. It seems like some definitive announcements might finally be somewhat imminent.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
May 22, 2020, 8:43 pmLeBron JamesSF, Los Angeles Lakers
According to Marc Stein, NBA teams are likely going to be limited to "bring (roughly) 35 players/coaches/staff into a 'campus' environment if the 2019-20 season…resumes in July."
The continuation of the season is looking increasingly likely to happen in July. Those travel parties of 35, notably, have not mentioned the players' families (or anybody's family members, for that matter). There will undoubtedly be further developments as the situation materializes.
Source: Marc Stein on Twitter