Blakely's quarter-season report card for C's

Blakely's quarter-season report card for C's
December 5, 2013, 12:00 am
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The young Celtics have come together to win eight of their first 20 games.

(AP Photo)

BOSTON — The first quarter of Brad Stevens' first season as the Celtics coach is just about complete.

And while he would certainly like to have a few more wins than their 8-12 record shows, Stevens can't really complain too much about his team's view atop the Atlantic Division.

The victory over Milwaukee on Tuesday night, coupled with Toronto's collapse at Golden State, pushed the Celtics (8-12) to the top of the Atlantic.

"The growth has been pretty good, considering we haven't practiced very much," Stevens said. "Guys have gotten better off film; guys have adjusted in the course of a game, pretty well. We're still getting to know each other but our growth has been steady."

And that trend is one Stevens would like to continue going forward. For now, we'll take a look at how the Celtics fared after what has been the first quarter of their season.

GUARDS

Avery Bradley
Stats: 12.9 points, 3.6 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.2 steals per game.
Comment: Has improved his overall game, but has been head and shoulders above the rest when it comes to being a consistent performer.
Grade: A-

Jordan Crawford
Stats: 13.1 points, 5.2 assists and 3.2 rebounds.
Comment: The transition to playing the point guard position has been surprisingly smooth.
Grade: B+

Courtney Lee
Stats: 7.8 points and 1.6 rebounds.
Comment: Shooting a team-best 52.3 percent from the field, Lee is starting to do the things that Boston fans were expecting from him last year.
Grade: B

Phil Pressey
Stats: 2.1 points, 1.1 rebounds and two assists.
Comment: Needs to do a better job of shooting the ball to help balance his solid passing game.
Grade: B-

MarShon Brooks
Stats: 2.2 points and 1.2 rebounds.
Comment: Has seen the least amount of playing time on the team, remains to be seen if that'll change anytime soon.
Grade: C

Rajon Rondo
Stats: None
Comment: Gradually working his way back into shape from a right torn ACL injury. Could be back on the floor sometime this month.
Grade: NA


WINGS

Jeff Green
Stats: 16.8 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.7 assists.
Comment: Inconsistencies aside, Green's all-around game makes him a key cog for the Celtics' rebuilding efforts.
Grade: B-

Gerald Wallace
Stats: 4.8 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.7 assists.
Comment: Leadership in the locker room, consistent effort on the floor are the hallmarks of his play thus far in Boston.
Grade: B

Keith Bogans
Stats: 0.3 rebounds, 0.3 steals.
Comment: Injuries and illness have limited his availability, although Bogans wasn't expected to play much this season anyway.
Grade: C


BIGS

Brandon Bass
Stats: 11.1 points, 5.8 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.3 blocks.
Comment: Has emerged as a leader of a Celtics defense that has been among the league's top-10 most of this season.
Grade: B+

Jared Sullinger
Stats: 13.2 points, 7.4 rebounds and 1.4 assists.
Comment: His conditioning, like his play, is improving quickly.
Grade: A-

Kris Humphries
Stats: 4.5 points, 4.1 rebounds.
Comment: Proving himself to be a true professional by making the most of his opportunities to play even when his play warrants more time on the court.
Grade: B+

Kelly Olynyk
Stats: 7.5 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.6 assist.
Comment: Has not shot the ball particularly well as a rookie, but scores big for the Celtics when it comes to intangibles.
Grade: B

Vitor Faverani
Stats: 5.7 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.1 blocks.
Comment: Like most rookie big men, he has been up and down most of this season but definitely has the talent to contribute consistently with more NBA experience.
Grade: B