The Celtics have proven to be one of the best-scoring teams in basketball. Tommy Burch explains why they are winning and what factors come into play.
Boston Bench Mob – Why The Celtics Are Winning
The Celtics are easily one of the best-performing teams to start the season, ranking No. 3 in the NBA. They are tied for the second-best record in the league and have proven to be one of the biggest threats to the Eastern Conference.
With Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown playing at All-NBA types of levels, you would think they would be the credit of Boston’s success. However, that could not be further from the truth. What drives this team is the team’s bench rotation, and it may be the best in the league.
Efficiency is Key
This team is one of the best offensive teams in the sport, and the stats show it. This team is in the bottom 10 teams in field goals attempted per game, but rank in the top half of the league in field goals made. This is shown in the fact that they rank 3rd in the NBA in field goal percentage at 48.3% and three-point percentage at 38.8%.
The masterminds of efficiency on the bench are without a doubt, Grant Williams and Sam Hauser. Of all players averaging over 25 minutes per game, he ranks 3rd in field goal percentage at 61.4%. Not only this, but he ranks 7th in the league in 3-point percentage at 51.7%.
Sam Hauser is another beast, especially after playing the majority of his time in the G-League last year. On less than 15 minutes played per game, he is averaging 8 points with a field goal percentage of 57.7%. Most impressively, he ranks 5th in the NBA in 3-point percentage at 53.3%.
When I tell you this team can score the ball, I am as serious as possible. Their defensive stats are not great, but Robert Williams III has not even touched the court yet. Regardless, they are 0.1 points per game away from being the highest-scoring team in the league.
Boston averages 118.7 points per game, only behind the Jazz’s 188.8. 35 points per game are scored from their bench, even with two of the most proficient point scorers in the game in the starting rotation. They do not need to rely on the top of the rotation for points, which is prevalent in the statistics.
Tatum is averaging 4 assists per game while Jaylen Brown is averaging 3. Even with the 5 point score increase, Tatum’s assist number remains consistent to the two years prior. JB has taken a hit of about half an assist per game, but he is scoring 2 more points per game than last year, so it all evens out.
Clearly, the Celtics would not be where they are without the bench. Their efficiency and productivity remain consistent and may even be better than the starters, making them a contender for the best team in basketball.
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