The Boston Celtics finished as the 1st seed in the Eastern Conference since the 2011-2012 season when the Big 3 was still in Boston. After losing to the Cleveland Cavaliers in 5 games in the Eastern Conference Finals, it’s time to give out the season awards:
MVP: Isaiah Thomas
Without a doubt, Isaiah Thomas was the MVP for the Celtics this season. Averaging 28.9 points, 5.9 assists and a 38% 3-point percentage, IT was spectacular this season. His amazing scoring ability is brilliant to watch even though he’s 5’9. According to ESPN, when Thomas did not play, the Celtics went 3-9 including the playoffs.
That is how valuable Thomas is to the Celtics and it blatantly shows. He even played with a heavy heart in the playoffs after his younger sister Chyna died in a car accident a day before the Celtics played Game 1 against the Chicago Bulls in the 1st round. Thomas had a great year this season and everyone should expect him to keep his form in the future.
Most Improved: Terry Rozier
After a great performance in the Summer League, Terry Rozier finally got a shot in the rotation after barely playing last season. He did not disappoint as he averaged 5.5 points per game in 16.2 minutes.
He was a spark off the bench and brought great defense and athleticism to the lineup. Rozier also made some big plays especially in the series against the Wizards when he hit a three with 1:38 to tie the game at 110 in Game 2(They won that game in overtime). If Rozier can work on his offensive game over the summer, he will be an even bigger player for the Celtics.
Biggest Disappointment: Jae Crowder
Jae Crowder arguably has the most uncertain future on the team. Sure, he brings that bulldog mentality and he is a good perimeter defender, but it just he is inconsistent. There are some games where he is on point and there is some where he is non-existent.
13.9 points, 5.9 rebounds and 2.2 assists is a nice stat-line but Boston will most likely never be a championship contender with him at the small-forward position. Crowder did not live up to his expectations this season as the Celtics are going to look for a better option heading into the offseason.
Best Newcomer: Al Horford
After signing a 4-year, $113 million contract last offseason, there was going to be a lot on Al Horford’s shoulders. He kind of was a disappointment in the regular season having the worst FG percentage of his career (47%) and rebounds (6.8). But, he was a big player for Boston as he spreads the floor and is a great passer (5 assists per game).
Horford in the playoffs played great especially against Washington as it was his best series. He averaged 16.7 points, 6.6 rebounds and 5.1 assists as Boston beat the Wizards in 7 games. Even though Horford didn’t really live up to his big contract, but he still had a great season in his 1st with the Celtics.