Celtics grades halfway through preseason

Celtics grades halfway through preseason
October 14, 2013, 7:15 pm
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WALTHAM, Mass — The midway point of the preseason is upon us and the Boston Celtics still have plenty of questions remaining.

Who will start?

Who's out of the rotation?

Which rookie or rookies will emerge as major contributors this season?

There's no simple answer to any of these questions right now.

But we have seen enough of this team to get a feel for some of the answers, well aware that they will inevitably change as the season progresses.

For now, here's a look at how the Boston Celtics are grading out at the midway point of the preseason.
 
HIGH HONOR ROLL

Gerald Wallace - The only veteran to get a game off so far, Wallace earned it with his overall play in the preseason. Grade: A

Jared Sullinger - Has been Boston's leading scorer (12.8) and rebounder (6.5), establishing himself as a major cog this season. Grade: A

HONOR ROLL

Kelly Olynyk - The more he plays, the clearer it becomes why the Celtics felt the need to move up in the draft to select him. Grade: A-

Brandon Bass - Has shown the ability to be whatever the Celtics have asked him to be this season whether it's rebounding or passing. Grade: A-

Rajon Rondo - Despite the torn ACL injury, Rondo has been engaged with his teammates and coaches every step of the way this season. Grade: A-

MERIT ROLL

Phil Pressey - Leads the team in assists per game (4.3), making it hard to keep him out of the regular rotation. Grade: B+

Jordan Crawford — Defense still needs work, but he has done a good job of making plays for himself and others. Grade: B+

Avery Bradley — Starting to figure out he is at his best offensively when he's looking to become a scoring point guard: Grade: B

Kris Humphries — Nothing too exciting or sexy with his game, Humphries has been the textbook role player. Grade: B


HONORABLE MENTION

Vitor Faverani — Shows potential as a legit "stretch" center with is range, but has to improve his defense and consistency. Grade: B-

Chris Babb — Feast or famine shooter, can only stick around for so long after having one breakout game in the preseason. Grade: B-

Keith Bogans — Sprained right thumb likely means he'll start season on inactive list for the Celtics. Grade: B-

NEEDS IMPROVEMENT

Courtney Lee — Doesn't hurt the C's too much with his play, but too many games seem to pass where you forget he's on the floor. Grade: C+

Jeff Green — He's gradually improving from one game to the next, but still falling well short of expectations. Grade: C

MarShon Brooks — Has highlight potential, but defense and confidence seem to be his two biggest hurdles to overcome. Grade: C-
 
PASS/FAIL

DeShawn Sims: Makes the plays he's supposed when he's on the floor. Is OK at lots of stuff, but not great at anything in particular: Grade: Pass

Kammron Taylor: Has had very few opportunities to play (two games, four minutes), that's unlikely to change going forward: Grade: Pass

Damen Bell-Holter: Similar to Taylor, Bell-Holter seems tailor-made for the D-League. Grade: Pass