The Boston Celtics were one of the four best teams in the NBA last season. They were also its least experienced.
The Celtics’ 2019-20 roster, led by fresh-faced stars Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, averaged just 2.7 years of NBA experience, the lowest in the NBA. Gordon Hayward left the C’s even greener when he joined the Charlotte Hornets in free agency.
None of this was lost on Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge last week when his team signed the 29-year-old Tristan Thompson and the 32-year-old Jeff Teague.
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“We have a lot of young players, and I think it was important for us this offseason to bring in some veteran players,” Ainge said Tuesday in a press conference.
The duo should provide more than just veteran leadership, though. Thompson, who averaged a career-high 12 points and 10.1 rebounds per game for the Cleveland Cavaliers last season, is a proven two-way big man who likely will lead Boston’s frontcourt rotation alongside Daniel Theis.
“He’s such a threat at the rim,” head coach Brad Stevens said of Thompson at Tuesday’s press conference. “He’s a tremendous offensive rebounder. He’s good with dribble hand-offs. He’s good with fakes. I hope that our wings, with all of the attention that they draw, that will open up opportunities for him as well.”
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