The NBA preseason is coming to an end, which means the regular season is starting in only a few days. After an impressive season last year, the Boston Celtics have looked even more dominant in the preseason. It appears the Celtics will have no problem finishing at the top of the Eastern Conference standings this preseason. Based on this early success, the Celtics look like a team to watch this year. If they can get some of their young players to improve, then they may even be able to challenge for a spot in the NBA Finals. These are the three players on the Boston Celtics that look poised to improve the most this season.
Avery Bradley was the second highest scorer on the Boston Celtics last season, but he looks ready to take an even bigger role on the team this year. Bradley may be entering his seventh season in the NBA, but he still has a lot of potential. He has shown an ability to get better every season of his career. In addition to improving his shooting touch, Avery Bradley has also become a much better defender in the last few years. If Avery Bradley continues to improve his chemistry with point guard Isiah Thomas, then the Celtics will have one of the best backcourts in the NBA.
Marcus Smart is listed as a point guard on the roster, but he will get playing time at three different positions this year. The loss of Evan Turner is going to give Smart more playing time this season. Smart should be the first man off the bench for the Celtics, and he will be able to backup Isiah Thomas, Avery Bradley and Jae Crowder with ease. Marcus Smart has quickly become one of the most versatile players in the league despite his young age. The only thing holding back Smart is his lack of good jump shot. If he works on his shooting this season, then Marcus Smart is set to be one of the best bench players in the NBA.
Tyler Zeller was one of the most efficient players on the Boston Celtics roster last year, but he still struggled to get consistent playing time. He was actually the third highest scoring member of team for every 36 minutes of playing time.Zeller was stuck playing behind Jared Sullinger and Kelly Olynyk at the center position last season. Sullinger is now playing for the Toronto Raptors, and Olynyk is set to miss some time with an injured shoulder. This is going to give Tyler Zeller a lot of playing time as he comes off the bench behind Al Horford. Zeller was a solid starter for the Celtics during the 2014-15 season, but he saw all of his stats decline last season when his playing time got cut in half. It will not be surprising at all to see Tyler Zeller improve every aspect of his game as he stays on the court more during the 2016-17 NBA season.
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