Three Celtics among Sporting News' top 30 bench players for 2022-23 – Celtics Wire


As one of the deepest 2023 NBA title contenders in the league after picking up reserve floor general Malcolm Brogdon and veteran big man Blake Griffin, it should probably not surprise one to see the Celtics heavily populating any assessment of the top rotation players in the Association ahead of the 2022-23 season.
And such is the case with a recent ranking of the top 30 reserve players in the league put together by the Sporting News’ Stephen Noh. In fact, a full 10% of Noh’s assessment is focused on a trio of Boston role players — and in the top 10 at that — hinting that the Celtics’ bench mob this coming campaign might be one of the most deadly in the NBA.
Let’s take a look at who made the cut.
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“Williams infamously started his NBA career by missing his first 25 3-pointers,” writes the S/N analyst. “Last season, he showed much more consistency, connecting on 41.1% of his 3-pointers during the regular season and 39.3% during the NBA Playoffs.”
“He’s a great defender in the Celtics’ switch-heavy scheme, able to guard capably across multiple positions. He did an admirable job against Giannis Antetokounmpo in the 2022 Eastern Conference Semifinals.”
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“Brogdon is a solid, heady two-way point guard that should help the Celtics a ton if he stays healthy,” writes Noh, hitting on a key caveat for the potential Sixth Man of the Year candidate.
“That health is, of course, always the question mark with him. Over his previous three seasons with the Pacers, he played in 146 of the team’s 227 games.”
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“White is another elite defender whose offensive limitations can overshadow his other contributions,” suggests the author. “He can’t create great offense for himself, but he’s a nice passer and solid cutter.”
“White has been an up-and-down shooter throughout his career, hitting only 31.2% of his 3-pointers last season for the Spurs and Celtics combined. But he brings great value as a point-of-attack defender who is extremely difficult to screen.”
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