Celtics at the halfway level: Our favorite stat for every C’s player

The Boston Celtics hit the midseason mark of the 2022-23 season with the greatest file in basketball at 29-12. There had been some bumps by way of the vacation season that raised some concern ranges however not sufficient to counsel this crew is not a respectable title contender primarily based on what they’ve proven over the previous 12 weeks.

There’s a lot for the Celtics to determine on the three-month grind to the playoffs however there’s lots of encouraging progress, significantly in curing what ailed the crew on its championship quest final season.

With that in thoughts, this is one statistical nugget on every of the key contributors this season, adopted by some notable crew metrics that present how Boston hit the halfway flip atop the NBA:

14.5

Percentage of photographs that Jayson Tatum will get fouled on

That’s not solely a profession excessive, it is up 3.5 % from final season. Tatum is taking pictures a whopping 8.6 free throws per recreation this season, up 2.4 makes an attempt from a season in the past. He’s driving with extra goal.

Tatum’s ending at the rim has dipped a bit after a blistering begin however we like the aggressiveness, particularly when his 3-point shot has challenged him at instances. If he ever will get cooking from a distance, he is able to a well-known second-half surge.

80.7

Scoring proportion on Jaylen Brown’s drives

Keeping with the theme of attacking with a goal, Brown is producing 8.9 factors off 11 drives per recreation. Among the NBA’s 47 high-volume drivers who common at least 10 drives per night time, that is the second-best factors proportion in the league behind solely DeMar DeRozan (83.9 %). The three gamers instantly behind Brown on that listing are Zion Williamson, Giannis Antetokounmpo, and Donovan Mitchell. That’s some elite driving firm.

Brown can be taking pictures 82.5 % on the 2.5 free throw makes an attempt per recreation generated off drives, even greater than the profession greatest 79 % he is taking pictures at the charity stripe general this season.

We had deliberate to highlight Brown’s majesty in the midrange — he is fourth in the NBA in mid-range subject purpose proportion (52 %) — however watching him assault the basket relentlessly at instances in latest video games impressed a examine on his driving file.

28.7

Marcus Smart’s help proportion

The greatest quarterback in New England lives at TD Garden. Smart’s help proportion is a profession greatest and up over 4 % from final season when he first took the PG reins full time. The Celtics’ offense is posting an offensive ranking of 118.1 in Smart’s flooring time this season, which might put the crew on a historic tempo if maintained. A 3.19 assist-to-turnover ratio is dynamite as nicely. Smart to Jaylen Brown is the second highest help combo in the league and Smart to Tatum is not far behind. When Smart leans into working the offense and picks his photographs correctly, this offense can actually hum.

54.3

Al Horford’s 3-point proportion from the proper nook

That’s the greatest mark in the NBA amongst qualifying gamers at that spot. Horford hit a dagger from the proper nook on Monday night time in opposition to the Bulls. Why is he thriving there?

“I do not know [about individual] corners. I simply get to the corners,” shrugged Horford, who was unaware he shoots 54.3 % from the proper nook (16.1 % above league common) and 36 % (2.3 % beneath league common) from the left nook. Horford mentioned he is merely prepared to fireside away each time defenders stray to police Boston’s star expertise.

Horford’s dagger 3-pointer got here at the expense of his school coach

Could a man who averaged a mere eight 3-pointers per season by way of his first eight years in the NBA have imagined internet hosting 4.6 3-pointers per recreation at age 36?

“No means,” mentioned Horford. “I did not even take into consideration taking pictures 3s. This is fairly cool.”

+11.7

Derrick White’s web ranking

White leads the whole NBA in web ranking this season, having shuffled forward of two-time reigning MVP Nikola Jokic (+11.6). White has the Celtics crew lead by almost three factors over each Robert Williams III (+8.9) and Tatum (+8.8).

White has lengthy been an analytics darling and this continues a development of excellent issues occurring each time he is on the courtroom, no matter position. He has held down the fort as a starter whereas Williams III was rehabbing and easing again in. White even channeled his internal Time Lord and leads the Celtics in blocks with 39.

44.0

Malcolm Brogdon’s 3-point proportion

That’s an astounding 12.8 % higher than Brogdon’s last season in Indiana and 5.8 % higher than his profession common. Brogdon raved about the kind of seems he may get coming to Boston and he is made groups pay when he has open seems.

Combine that with Brogdon’s need to drive — he is proper there alongside Brown and Tatum when it comes to drives per recreation — and he is added a much-needed offensive presence to Boston’s second unit.

+4.4

Percent spike in Boston’s offensive rebound fee since Robert Williams III’s return

The Celtics had been on a historic offensive tempo to begin the season however their offensive rebound fee ranked useless final by way of mid-December at a mere 23.1 %. Since Williams III returned on December 16, it has spiked to 27.5 %, and Boston ought to quickly surge into the prime half of the league rankings.

Williams III ranks fourth in the NBA in offensive rebound proportion (13.7) amongst all gamers logging at least quarter-hour per recreation. What’s extra, he has a knack for instantly punching these rebounds to teammates for open 3-point seems, which has made Boston’s offense that rather more dynamic.

46.0

Grant Williams’ 3-point proportion from the corners

Yes, Williams remains to be punching the clock at his nook workplace. But what’s actually encouraging is Williams’ general effectivity. He’d must be actually regular at the line the remainder of the means however he is quietly flirting with 50/40/90 at 51/42.2/84.5. He’s taking high quality seems after they come his means and never forcing photographs.

Williams has additionally added to his toolbox and is rather more snug placing the ball on the flooring with a view to rating nearer to the basket. Before Williams III’s return, Williams led the crew in each subject purpose proportion at the rim and in the paint (non-restricted space).

Now, just a few notable crew numbers:

117.1

Boston’s offensive ranking

While Boston’s offensive effectivity has dipped off the historic tempo (2020-21 Nets, 117.3), it is nonetheless outstanding contemplating that the whole bench slumped for a month in December and the Jays weren’t excellent from a distance, both.

Boston spent a few weeks as the worst offense in the league and but they nonetheless sit atop the NBA general. If their taking pictures will get again wherever close to the begin of the season, this offense may nonetheless be the greatest in NBA historical past.

13.4

Boston’s turnover fee

While there have been occasional head-slapping blips, a lot of the woes from final 12 months’s postseason run have been restricted this season. The Celtics rank fourth in the NBA in turnover fee.

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Boston’s profitable proportion in clutch video games

One of the crew’s bugaboos final season, Boston is 12-5 in clutch video games (rating inside 5 factors in the last 5 minutes). The Celtics have the second-best profitable proportion in clutch video games at the halfway level (solely Brooklyn is best).

Boston hasn’t all the time been significantly crisp, and too usually has let groups get uncomfortably shut late in video games. But after going 13-22 (.371) throughout regular-season clutch video games a 12 months in the past, the Celtics appear like they’ve realized lots about profitable shut video games throughout final 12 months’s playoff run.

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