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Reflections after report cards

May, 5, 2014
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Our annual after-the-season report card series wrapped up Monday. Thanks to everyone who read the daily assessments and voted in the polls. At the end of the marking period, we like to go back and map out the grades together to see the breakdown.

Forgive us if we felt like Oprah and cars. "You get a B! You get a B! You get a B!" This year's marks were heavy on B grades. A look at the breakdown of Boston's top 12 players:

Kelly Olynyk -- B+
Jared Sullinger -- B+
Brandon Bass -- B+
Phil Pressey -- B
Rajon Rondo -- B
Avery Bradley -- B
Kris Humphries -- B
Chris Johnson -- B-
Gerald Wallace -- C+
Jerryd Bayless -- C+
Vitor Faverani -- C
Jeff Green -- C-

The question some have asked is how a team with so many "B" performers managed to win just 25 games. But we've maintained this was a flawed roster asked to navigate a transition season and, considering the injuries and rehab Boston endured along the way, this group pretty much lived up to expectations (we guessed 29 wins before the season, but that was assuming an earlier Rondo return). If you look at our grade chart, it was some of Boston's younger players that posted the best marks, reflecting progress, while some of the more important parts (Rondo, Green) endured their ups and downs.

Remember that all grades were based on expectations, so it's not to suggest that Rondo and Pressey had similar impacts. Rondo endured struggles while kicking rust after missing nearly a year due to ACL surgery, while Pressey showed great development late in his rookie campaign. As always, salary plays a heavy role in setting expectations and those two were at opposite extremes of Boston's payroll.

The grading process only confirmed to us what we thought throughout the season: Coach Brad Stevens got just about as much out of this group as he could, fostered nice development of Boston's youngest players, and survived Year 1 of the rebuild.

Sullinger suggested after the season that Stevens was brutally honest with his end-of-the-season evaluations of players and it's fair to assume that every player went into summer vacation with plenty of homework. Stevens is always challenging his players to get better and grades reveal plenty of room for each player to grow.

For the Celtics to return to contender status, they need their impact players playing at an A level moving forward. All these Bs can only get you so far.

Report card: The braintrust

May, 5, 2014
May 5
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Fernando Medina/NBAE/Getty ImagesDanny Ainge and Brad Stevens are tasked with getting Boston back on track.
With the Boston Celtics' 2013-14 campaign in the rearview mirror, we've busted out our red pens and assigned grades to each player based on their individual performances this season. Our annual reminder that players are graded based on expectations versus personal performance. This is the 15th and final in a series of end-of-the-season report cards:

Coach: Brad Stevens

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Season in a paragraph: After six seasons (and two national title game appearances) at Butler, college wunderkind Brad Stevens was Boston's surprise replacement following Doc Rivers' surprise dash out west. Stevens endured more losses in his first NBA season (57) than his entire Butler tenure (49) but patiently navigated the first-year turbulence by keeping the focus on progress. Stevens relentlessly prepared for games and never stopped coaching even when games got away from his team. He was universally lauded by his coaching brethren for his first-year efforts.

Final grade: B+

Teacher's notes: There are those that will argue that coaching is a bottom line business and 25 wins deserves a much harsher grade. To that, we wonder what in the world could have been expected from a first-year coach operating with a heavily flawed roster. Boston made it a habit of taking games to the final buzzer, even if it lost most of those contests. Stevens kept this rebuilding team, one that endured it share of injuries this season, engaged for longer than your typical non-playoff team. He's his own harshest critic and admitted the other day there's plenty he'll look to improve on next season, but he put together a nice rookie campaign considering the circumstances.


 
General Manager: Danny Ainge

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Season in a paragraph: Ainge ushered in the long-anticipated roster overhaul by trading Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce to the Brooklyn Nets for a trio of future first-round picks. The same night that deal was put in place, Ainge and his staff shuffled up three spots to snag Kelly Olynyk at 13th overall. Ainge couldn't do much else over the summer, leaving Stevens with a flawed roster lacking a true center and overcrowded at multiple positions. Regardless, all moves were made with the future in mind and Ainge helped position Boston to accelerate through the rebuilding process with his shuffling, which included two January deals that unclogged the payroll and brought back some additional draft picks.

Final grade: B+

Teacher's notes: We won't know just how much of a heist the Brooklyn deal is until five years down the road, but early indications are encouraging, particularly given the growing value of first-round picks. Ainge was quiet at the February trade deadline, but made two moves in January, clearing Courtney Lee's cap clog and moving Jordan Crawford and MarShon Brooks (two players without futures here) for what will likely be a collection of second-round picks. Ainge still has plenty of work to do, but Boston is well positioned with its treasure trove of draft picks, tradable contracts (hey there, Keith Bogans), and trade exceptions (like the $10.3 million one received in the Brooklyn deal).

Honor roll: Click HERE to read past report cards.

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Report card: The departed

May, 4, 2014
May 4
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Brian Babineau/NBAE/Getty ImagesJordan Crawford helped Boston to some of its best basketball this season.
With the Boston Celtics' 2013-14 campaign in the rearview mirror, we've busted out our red pens and assigned grades to each player based on their individual performances this season. Our annual reminder that players are graded based on expectations versus personal performance. This is the 14th in a series of end-of-the-season report cards:

Player: Jordan Crawford
2013-14 stats with Boston: 13.7 ppg, 5.7 apg, 3.1 rpg, 30.7 mpg, 39 games
2013-14 stats with Golden State: 8.4 ppg, 1.4 apg, 1.5 rpg, 15.7 mpg, 42 games
2013-14 salary: $2.2 million

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Season in a paragraph: Crawford got first crack at filling Rajon Rondo's shoes while the All-Star point guard rehabbed from ACL surgery and turned in the best basketball of his career. Crawford was spectacular, even earning the Eastern Conference Player of the Week award in December. But he became expendable as Rondo neared a return, and the Celtics shipped him to Golden State (along with MarShon Brooks) in a deal that brought back some draft picks and Joel Anthony. The chance to join a contender was offset a bit by the fact that Crawford's minutes were sliced in half.

Teacher's notes: Steez, how we miss thee. You could make the case that Crawford was the MVP for Boston at a time when they were hovering around .500 ball in early December. The Celtics went 12-31 (.279 winning percentage) after dealing Crawford away. Here's hoping someone gives Crawford another chance to prove himself in a big role wherever he lands next. Most Celtics fans were ready to move on from Crawford after he was barking at Carmelo Anthony during the 2012-13 playoffs, but he endeared himself with his play at the start of the 2013-14 season.



Player: Courtney Lee
2013-14 stats with Boston: 7.4 ppg, 1.6 rpg, 49.2 FG%, 44.2 3PT%, 30 games
2013-14 stats with Memphis: 11 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 47.6 FG%, 34.5 3PT%, 49 games
2013-14 salary: $5.2 million

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Season in a paragraph: The Celtics were lauded for the steal of the offseason in 2012 when they used a collection of nonguaranteed contracts and second-round picks to land Lee in a multiteam swap. He never quite found his groove in Year 1 and despite some excellent shooting percentages early in the 2013-14 campaign, Boston made the move to clear Lee's long-term salary commitment (while also bringing Jerryd Bayless back in return).

Teacher's notes: It's rare that a trade works out so well for both sides, but the Celtics and Grizzlies each got what they wanted out of the deal. Lee never quite thrived here and the Celtics were willing to give up the more talented player in the swap in order to clear his salary. Lee ended up starting 47 games in Memphis and helped the Grizzlies get into the playoffs.



Gone but not forgotten: Keith Bogans would get the harshest grade on the team if we let fans vote. The 33-year-old veteran guard played just 55 minutes over six games while taking home $5.1 million for his role in the Celtics-Nets swap. He was excused in mid-January, but stuck on the roster because the nonguarnateed money in his deal makes him a valuable trade asset this summer. ... MarShon Brooks played only 73 minutes in 10 appearances and Golden State dealt him away after little more than a month after acquiring him. ... Vander Blue got a 10-day contract in late January with the team thin on bodies, but appeared in only three games.

Honor roll: Click HERE to read past report cards.

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Report card: The late arrivals

May, 3, 2014
May 3
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Jack Arent/NBAE via Getty ImagesAfter starting the season with Maine, Chris Babb got an NBA call-up.
With the Boston Celtics' 2013-14 campaign in the rearview mirror, we've busted out our red pens and assigned grades to each player based on their individual performances this season. Our annual reminder that players are graded based on expectations versus personal performance. This is the 13th in a series of end-of-the-season report cards:

Player: Chris Babb
2013-14 base stats: 1.6 ppg, 1.2 rpg, 26.7 FG%
2013-14 advanced stats: 0.667 Off ppp (6th percentile); 0.861 Def ppp (54th)
2013-14 salary: $133,000

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Season in a paragraph: Undrafted out of Iowa State, Babb went to training camp with the Celtics in October and was Boston's final cut. He landed with the team's D-League affiliate in Maine and got the call-up, in part, due to the team's need for wing depth after Gerald Wallace was lost for the season. Like Chris Johnson before him, Babb made the most of his opportunity and, after two 10-day contracts, signed for the remainder of the season.

Teacher's notes: We'll hold off on giving grades to the late arrivals given their limited sample (but you can still vote in the polls). Babb might have led the team in claps per minute over the final two months of the season. Even when he was a healthy DNP, Babb was into the game and a quality teammate. Babb struggled offensively, shooting just 26.7 percent from the floor and 22.2 percent beyond the 3-point arc, but was mostly a competitive defender and his effort was obvious.

What's next?: Babb signed on for four seasons, but the final three are nonguaranteed. He'll stick with the organization to start this offseason, but as the roster crowds he could be moved as part of a trade package or set free to seek an opportunity elsewhere. If he survives the summer, he'll likely still be fighting an uphill battle to keep his end-of-the-roster spot in training camp.


 
Player: Joel Anthony
2013-14 base stats: 0.8 ppg, 1.2 rpg, 0.4 bpg, 37.5 FG%
2013-14 advanced stats: 0.71 Off ppp (9th percentile); 1.0 Def ppp (9th)
2013-14 salary: $3.8 million

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Season in a paragraph: Anthony arrived in mid-January as part of the three-team swap that sent out Jordan Crawford and MarShon Brooks in exchange for a collection of future draft picks. The 31-year-old center played sparingly and only once did he reach double figures in minutes before April. The quiet Anthony didn't appear to quibble about his role and stayed ready for his opportunity.

Teacher's notes: Brad Stevens often pointed to Anthony as the sort of defensive presence the team could use to protect the rim, but he rarely called on him until the final games of the season. Anthony has a couple championship rings from his time in Miami, but he's struggled to find a consistent role since starting 51 games for the Heat during the 2011-12 season.

What's next?: All indications are Anthony will pick up the $3.8 million player option he has for next season as he clearly won't fetch that price tag on the open market. Will he be back in Boston? That will likely depend on whether the team can include his deal in any offseason move. Given his limited role this year, you get the sense that the Celtics must be confident that's possible after taking on his contract as part of a deal that's likely only to deliver second-round draft picks (albeit, potentially high ones from the 76ers).

Honor roll: Click HERE to read past report cards.

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Report card: Vitor Faverani

May, 2, 2014
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Brian Babineau/NBAE/Getty ImagesVitor Faverani started fast but hit speed bumps in his rookie campaign.
With the Boston Celtics' 2013-14 campaign in the rearview mirror, we've busted out our red pens and assigned grades to each player based on their individual performances this season. Our annual reminder that players are graded based on expectations versus personal performance. This is the 12th in a series of end-of-the-season report cards:

Player: Vitor Faverani
2013-14 base stats: 4.4 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 0.7 bpg, 43.5 FG%
2013-14 advanced stats: 0.80 Off ppp (20th percentile); 0.822 Def ppp (73rd)
2013-14 salary: $2 million

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Season in a paragraph: With the Celtics thin on pure size, the 6-foot-11 Faverani opened the season as the team's starting center and, in Boston's home-opener against the Milwaukee Bucks, he put up 12 points, 18 rebounds, and 6 blocks to create a feverish buzz about the 25-year-old Brazilian rookie import (via Spain). Alas, his play slipped a bit, his playing time eroded while he adapted to the NBA came, and Faverani soon found himself ping-ponging between Maine to get additional reps with the Red Claws of the D-League. The man nicknamed El Hombre Indestructible proved destructible as a tear in his meniscus suffered while on assignment with Maine in late January forced him to undergo season-ending surgery after only 37 appearances with Boston.

Season highlight: It got no better than the home-opener (though he had a memorable poster dunk in Maine) Not only did Faverani dominate on the glass and swat six shots, but advanced defensive numbers showed he allowed only five points total on 15 possessions defended and opponents were a mere 2-of-11 shooting (18.2 percent) against him.

Season lowlight: The progress of Boston's other rookies make it a shame we didn't get to see more of Faverani. Once Boston's fate was sealed this season, it might have opened more doors to expand Faverani's playing time and give us a longer look at what he could do. Boston clearly needed size this season and Faverani's early season glimpses suggest he can help from the center spot. What was most surprising this season was that his defensive numbers were far better than his offense, which was the opposite of how he was advertised when the Celtics signed him last summer (but there's no denying that the strides he needed to make defensively where part of the reason his playing time eroded early).

Final grade: C

Teacher's notes: We're eager to see more of Faverani. While the knee injury spoiled a chance to get him more first-year playing time, he should hit the ground running in training camp after having had a full season stateside to get acclimated. Even the brief glimpse can help the coaching staff get him pointed in the right directions.

What's next?: Faverani will likely use the summer to rehab and get himself back in game shape for camp in October. The Celtics have have him under contract for at least two more seasons at reasonable money ($2.1 million next season). The Celtics clearly needed size and rim protection this season and Faverani can aid that if he gets healthy and continues his development.

Honor roll: Click HERE to read past report cards.

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Report card: Kris Humphries

May, 1, 2014
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Brian Babineau/NBAE/Getty ImagesKris Humphries gave Celtics fans something to smile about.
With the Boston Celtics' 2013-14 campaign in the rearview mirror, we've busted out our red pens and assigned grades to each player based on their individual performances this season. Our annual reminder that players are graded based on expectations versus personal performance. This is the 11th in a series of end-of-the-season report cards:

Player: Kris Humphries
2013-14 base stats: 8.4 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 0.9 bpg, 50.1 FG%
2013-14 advanced stats: 0.973 Off ppp (72nd); 0.831 Def ppp (68th)
2013-14 salary: $12 million

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Season in a paragraph: There were groans when the Celtics acquired Humphries as part of last summer's blockbuster with the Brooklyn Nets. To the uniformed, he was an overpaid veteran better known for his reality TV foray than his on-court production. Humphries won everyone over, including the naysayers, by emerging as someone who led by example with a relentless work ethic, in games and on the practice court. He took younger players under his wing and would often jump into post-practice shooting (or sprinting) drills with them. Stuck deep on the depth chart at the start of the season, Humphries carved out a role for himself with his effort and ended up starting 30 of his 69 appearances.

Season highlight: The game we'll always remember from Humphries was the late-February trip to Sacramento. Humphries, thrust into a spot start with Jared Sullinger out due to a concussion, took on the challenge of guarding DeMarcus Cousins, who had put up 31 points and 16 rebounds in a recent visit to Boston. With nothing but hustle, grit, and physical play, Humphries worked Cousins into a lather. What's more, Humphries finished with 19 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 blocks, and 2 steals over 36 minutes.

Season lowlight: It's hard to remember now, but Humphries logged five DNPs at the start of the season, playing only a total of 36 minutes over Boston's first nine games in November. Humphries just kept working and pounced when his opportunity came. He was a starting lineup fixture for much of the second half of the season.

Final grade: B

Teacher's notes: The only thing that held down Humphries' grade is his salary, which was the highest on the team. That's not his fault. He showed glimpses of the double-double threat that helped him earn that lucrative contract with the Nets. But what boosts Humphries' grade is the intangibles, most notably that work ethic that's so important for veterans to show on a young team. Humphries even embraced the rebuilding process, something no veteran wants to endure, with the goal of helping Boston get back to contender status.

What's next?: Humphries will be an unrestricted free agent this summer. The Celtics will have interest in bringing him back at a lower cost, but market interest could also lead to sign-and-trade options so that Boston is able to bring back some assets if they can't afford his price tag (particularly with a surplus of young power forwards).

Honor roll: Click HERE to read past report cards.

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Report card: Jared Sullinger

April, 30, 2014
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Mark L. Baer/USA TODAY SportsJared Sullinger was maybe Boston's best all-around player this season.
With the Boston Celtics' 2013-14 campaign in the rearview mirror, we've busted out our red pens and assigned grades to each player based on their individual performances this season. Our annual reminder that players are graded based on expectations versus personal performance. This is the 10th in a series of end-of-the-season report cards:

Player: Jared Sullinger
2013-14 base stats: 13.3 ppg, 8.1 rpg, 1.6 apg, 42.7 FG%, 26.9 3PT%
2013-14 advanced stats: 0.887 Off ppp (43rd percentile); 0.807 Def ppp (79th)
2013-14 salary: $1.4 million

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Season in a paragraph: His rookie campaign and first NBA offseason were cut short by back surgery and rehab, but the 22-year-old Sullinger bounced back strong in his sophomore season. Forced out of position without a pure center on the Celtics' roster, Sullinger held his own against the league's bigs, grading out as Boston's most efficient defender (based on Synergy's point-per-possession data). He was a relentless rebounder and finished among the league leaders in offensive rebounding. The team tinkered with his game, integrating a 3-point shot (to streaky results) while trying to add to his offensive toolbox.

GM's take: "Sully had a good year this year," said Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge. "I think that he wants to be in better shape and we’ve talked about that all year and I think that he can. ... I think that, as you mature and you learn how to work harder and with more intensity, you learn how to push yourself to max effort. I think players can get better and I think that Jared is still very young. I don’t think he understands yet how good he can be. Now, he’s heard it. He’s heard it from a lot of people, from his father to his agent, from his coaches, just how good he can be. But until he believes how good he can be and really puts in the time -- and I really believe that Jared will this summer, that he’s going to and he’ll be in better shape next year."

Season highlight: Sullinger put up a team-best 22 double-doubles, 13 of which came between Jan. 1 and Feb. 10. He was named the Eastern Conference Player of the Week in early February, but his most noteworthy outing in that span came the middle of January when he registered 25 points and 20 rebounds in an 88-83 triumph over the Toronto Raptors. Sullinger was the first Boston player to reach the 20/20 mark since Kevin Garnett (22 points, 20 rebounds) on Nov. 2, 2007.

Season lowlight: Sullinger's season nearly got derailed before it started as he was arrested and faced charges of assault and battery, destruction of property, and witness intimidation in connection with an Aug. 31 confrontation with his girlfriend. Charges were later dismissed, just days before the start of the season, but the Celtics were unwavering in their support of Sullinger as he navigated the legal process.

Final grade: B+

Teacher's notes: The Celtics spent much of the 2013-14 season experimenting with Sullinger, splitting his time between a starter (44 games) and a reserve (30 appearances) and tinkering with his offensive game. Even as minor injuries nagged at him for much of the year, Sullinger was a steady performer. When Brad Stevens was asked about his proudest moment of the season, he referenced a sequence in which Sullinger grabbed three consecutive offensive rebounds before scoring during a game in Toronto. "That’s progress, that’s something to point towards," said Stevens. Indeed, Sullinger's development, even at the expense of his stat line at times, was one of the bright spots of a loss-filled transition year.

What's next?: The Celtics have Sullinger under their control for at least two more seasons at the bargain rate of his rookie deal, including $1.4 million next season. Some have wondered if he could be Al Jefferson 2.0, the young talent that could be a centerpiece in acquiring the next superstar talent. The Celtics' preference, however, seems to be nurturing his game with hopes he'll be a key part of their next contending team. They can help him out by getting that pure center to pair next to him in the starting lineup.

Honor roll: Click HERE to read past report cards.

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Report card: Chris Johnson

April, 29, 2014
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Ron Hoskins/NBAE/Getty ImagesChris Johnson made the most of his D-League call-up in Boston.
With the Boston Celtics' 2013-14 campaign in the rearview mirror, we've busted out our red pens and assigned grades to each player based on their individual performances this season. Our annual reminder that players are graded based on expectations versus personal performance. This is the ninth in a series of end-of-the-season report cards:

Player: Chris Johnson
2013-14 base stats: 6.3 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 0.7 spg, 39.7 FG%, 33.9 3PT%
2013-14 advanced stats: 0.98 Off ppp (76th percentile); 0.896 Def ppp (38th)
2013-14 salary: $413,000

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Season in a paragraph: When it was noted that the Celtics were close to signing Johnson to a 10-day deal in mid-January, it had to be clarified that it was the second-year swingman out of Dayton, and not the big man of the same name that had a Boston cameo a few years back. That tells you where this Johnson was on the NBA radar. But there was no such confusion by season's end. Johnson carved out a steady role for himself in Boston, appearing in 40 games and averaging 19.7 minutes per contest. Johnson shot 45 percent beyond the 3-point arc over his first 12 games before cooling a bit after the All-Star game. He was still one of the team's most efficient offensive weapons given his 3-point stroke. But what stood out above all was simply Johnson's infectious energy that rubbed off on his teammates whenever he was on the court and that's reflected in his plus-12 in plus/minus -- the only player on the final roster that landed in the positive (not too bad considering the team as a whole was minus-366 for the season).

Season highlight: Our lasting memory will be of Johnson knocking over teammate Rajon Rondo in pursuit of a rebound while helping spark a Boston rally in Indiana in mid-March. Johnson scored a season-high 14 points that night on 6-of-8 shooting with three rebounds and two steals over 28 minutes.

Season lowlight: Johnson slumped a bit in April. Despite getting a healthy chunk of minutes (20.1 per game over the final eight contests), his shooting percentages dipped (34 percent overall; 25.8 percent beyond the 3-point arc). Maybe he simply hit a rookie wall, but Johnson simply failed to impact the game in quite the same way he did over his first 32 games here.

Final grade: B-

Teacher's notes: Like with Rondo earlier this week, we're conflicted giving Johnson a B- mark. What were reasonable expectations for him upon signing a 10-day deal in mid-January? If we're being honest, just earning a second 10-day pact was impressive (fellow 10-day call-up Vander Blue didn't survive beyond the first 10-day contract) and for Johnson to ink a four-year deal and carve out a 20-minute-per-night role ought to make him an A+++ based on expectations. Johnson proved he belongs and we attempted to grade him like a reserve playing consistent minutes. His final grade reflects a bit of regression late in the season, though he simply might have run low on gas. We loved his energy and how he forced a team with little to play for to keep its foot on the gas. He needs to hone his defense (on the positive side, his struggles were not for a lack of tenacity), but if Johnson can continue to consistently knock down 3-point shots, he's going to fight to stay on an NBA roster.

What's next?: The Celtics have Johnson locked for three more seasons on nonguaranteed money, which gives the team the option of keeping him for cheap and developing his game, or utilizing him as trade fodder if they don't see a future for him as the roster takes shape. Like those on Boston's roster fringe, the team's offseason activity at his position should dictate his future here.

Honor roll: Click HERE to read past report cards.

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Report card: Rajon Rondo

April, 28, 2014
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Brian Babineau/NBAE/Getty ImagesRajon Rondo shook some rust after returning in mid-January..
With the Boston Celtics' 2013-14 campaign in the rearview mirror, we've busted out our red pens and assigned grades to each player based on their individual performances this season. Our annual reminder that players are graded based on expectations versus personal performance. This is the eighth in a series of end-of-the-season report cards:

Player: Rajon Rondo
2013-14 base stats: 11.7 ppg, 9.8 apg, 5.5 rpg, 1.3 spg, 40.3 FG%
2013-14 advanced stats: 0.731 Off ppp (11th percentile); 0.989 Def ppp (11th)
2013-14 salary: $12 million

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Season in a paragraph: Rondo returned from nearly a yearlong absence in mid-January and appeared in 30 games. He showed flashes of his old self, but the stats reflect a player still finding his touch after an extended absence. Rondo played it safe, sitting out the second night of back-to-backs for precaution with his repaired knee, and missing three of the final four games of the season due to minor shin and hamstring ailments. The Celtics didn't need 100-percent Rondo this season, but these 30 games might help them get 100-percent Rondo by the start of next season when they hope he can spearhead a revitalization.

GM's Take: "I think Rajon will have the best year of his career next year," said Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge. "That’s what I think. I think he’s sort of at the phrase of his life where he’s matured, he’s just smarter, the game’s slower to him. I think he’ll be really healthy and fresher with a summer of strengthening. He’s sort of past all the mental anguish of coming back from the knee surgery and the ACL and that’s been sort of a pattern of guys in the past. The first 20-30 games [after surgery] is an adjustment period. So I’m confident that he’ll have the best year of his career."

Season highlight: Rondo was battling a bit of a turnover bug in early March, but snapped out of it in a big way. During a visit from the Pistons, Rondo handed out 18 assists without a single turnover. In the same game, Rondo leapfrogged Bill Russell to move into fifth place all-time among Celtics' assist leaders. It was a reminder of how Rondo can completely dominate the game from the point guard position.

Season lowlight: The Celtics were on the west coast in late February when Rondo elected to stay in Los Angeles to celebrate his birthday rather than accompany the team to Sacramento for the second night of a back-to-back. The ensuing BirthdayGate took on a life of its own and -- fair or not -- called into question Rondo's leadership. Rondo's own defiance about the issue didn't help matters, but both he and the team quickly moved on.

Final grade: B

Teacher's notes: We struggled with how to fairly grade Rondo this season. The hard part is determining what is fair expectations for a player returning from ACL surgery. If you asked me before the season what my expectations for Rondo were it probably would have been as simple as "return, kick some rust, and get a jump start on the 2014-15 season." And that's what he did, so it seems unfair to lower his mark based on the struggles he experienced while reacclimatizing. Rondo actually shot 40 percent beyond the 3-point arc in February, showcasing the work he put into his jumper during rehab, but that long-range touch faded a bit by season's end and he finished the season shooting 28.9 percent beyond the arc overall (still the second best mark of his career). On the more encouraging side, Rondo was excellent on the defensive glass (grabbing a career-best 18.4 percent of available caroms) and his turnover ratio fell with a heightened usage rate. The negative? looked disinterested as a defender at times, however, and must show more commitment to staying in front of his defender. The team's defensive rating of 110.2 when he was on the floor was more than 10 points higher than any other season in his career. We're intrigued to see what a healthier Rondo looks like in September and, really, that's the only grade that matters.

What's next?: Rondo will enter the final year of a contract that will pay him $12.9 million next season. The Celtics have tough decisions to make about his future and must be willing to pay a hefty salary if they plan to commit to him as one of their long-term building blocks. With Rondo expressing a desire to test unrestricted free agency next summer, the team would risk potentially losing him without compensation on the open market, which could force them to think harder on any trade interest that gets expressed this summer. The team has remained steadfast that they see Rondo in their future.

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Report card: Phil Pressey

April, 27, 2014
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Greg M. Cooper/USA TODAY SportsPhil Pressey proved he belongs at the NBA level this season.
With the Boston Celtics' 2013-14 campaign in the rearview mirror, we've busted out our red pens and assigned grades to each player based on their individual performances this season. Our annual reminder that players are graded based on expectations versus personal performance. This is the seventh in a series of end-of-the-season report cards:

Player: Phil Pressey
2013-14 base stats: 2.8 ppg, 1.4 rpg, 3.2 apg, 30.8 FG%, 26.4 3PT%
2013-14 advanced stats: 0.587 Off ppp (4th percentile), 0.87 Def ppp (50th)
2013-14 salary: $490,180

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Season in a paragraph: Pressey went undrafted after his much-scrutinized decision to leave Missouri after his junior season, but played his way onto the Celtics' roster at summer league in Orlando. From there he proved he belonged at the NBA level over the course of 75 appearances as a rookie. Pressey made 11 starts while pinch-hitting for Rajon Rondo as Rondo worked his way back from ACL surgery and proved he can quarterback a game. While Pressey was one of the most inefficient scorers in the league, his shooting percentages did improve each month. Pressey finished the season ranked fifth among all rookies in both assists and steals per game.

Season highlight: Over the final six games of the season, Pressey averaged 7 points, 8.7 assists, 3 rebounds and 1.3 steals over 29.8 minutes per game. He shot 40 percent from the field during that span. Most impressively, Boston's often-lethargic offense averaged a whopping 110.4 points per 100 possessions with Pressey on the floor during those six games (only offset by Boston's defensive indifference late in the year). In four starts during that six-game span, Pressey averaged 10 points, 11.8 assists, 4.3 rebounds and 2 steals per game.

Season lowlight: It's easy to forget now, but Pressey was an afterthought at the start of the season. Even without Rondo, Boston's guard depth chart was overstocked (albeit mostly at the 2 guard) and Pressey logged three consecutive DNPs after playing only four minutes on opening night. He got his foot in the door soon after and two trades in early January blew that door wide open for him, even as Rondo returned later that month. From that point, Pressey logged most of his starts on the second night of back-to-backs when Rondo rested.

Final grade: B

Teacher's notes: We're suckers for progress, but isn't that what this season was about? Many were surprised the team guaranteed Pressey's contract for the 2013-14 season; now we'd be surprised if he wasn't on the end of the roster next season despite the fact that his final two years are nonguaranteed. Pressey clearly needs to spend the summer working on his jump shot as teams were openly challenging him to shoot from the perimeter. He made strides with his jumper and he got more comfortable attacking the basket later in the season. His court vision is undeniable. The hustle plays that Pressey made late in the year earned him special mention from coach Brad Stevens. The naysayers won't be able to get past his offensive struggles. Yes, of players with at least 100 possessions finished, Pressey ranked dead last (202nd overall) in the league while generating a mere 0.587 points per play, according to Synergy Sports data. But Synergy also has a metric called "plays + assists" that factors in point creation, and Pressey ranked in the 87th percentile there at 1.242 points per play. Not too shabby when you consider Rondo averages 1.317 points per play under the same metric.

What's next?: An unforeseen influx of pure ball-handlers would be the only thing that would make Pressey's roster spot dicey next season. The Celtics long have needed a serviceable ball-handler at the end of their bench to provide a steadying presence when Rondo isn't on the floor. Given his bargain price, the guess here has been that Pressey will get a chance to further develop his game in Boston. Few players on the team made more encouraging progress this season than Pressey.

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Report card: Jerryd Bayless

April, 26, 2014
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Danny Bollinger/NBAE/Getty ImagesAcquired in January, does Jerryd Bayless have a future in Boston?
With the Boston Celtics' 2013-14 campaign in the rearview mirror, we've busted out our red pens and assigned grades to each player based on their individual performances this season. Our annual reminder that players are graded based on expectations versus personal performance. This is the sixth in a series of end-of-the-season report cards:

Player: Jerryd Bayless
2013-14 base stats: 9.3 ppg, 2.7 apg, 2.0 rpg, 40.2 FG%, 35.8 3PT% (totals w/BOS + MEM)
2013-14 advanced stats: 0.9 Off ppp (48th percentile), 0.945 Def ppp (19th) (w/BOS)
2013-14 salary: $3.1 million

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Season in a paragraph: Bayless, a thorn in Boston's side as an opponent, was acquired from the Memphis Grizzlies in exchange for Courtney Lee (and his cap-clogging contract) in early January. Bayless provided flexibility at the guard spot, bouncing between the 1 and 2 when Rajon Rondo and Avery Bradley were sidelined. Bayless made 14 starts in 41 appearances for Boston, averaging 10.1 points and 3.1 assists over 25.3 minutes per game overall with the Celtics. The NBA vagabond -- playing for his fifth team in six seasons -- shot above his career marks from the field (41.8 percent) and 3-point line (39.5 percent) with Boston and was prone to catching fire when his shot was falling.

Season highlight: You can joke that Bayless' best performance in Boston came as a visitor when he scored 22 points (on just 10 shots) while leading the Grizzlies to a victory at TD Garden in November. He scored a season-high 29 points on 12-of-21 shooting during a win over the visiting Hawks in late February. It was one of 11 games with 15 points or better for Bayless during his time in a Boston uniform.

Season lowlight: A right knee sprain cost Bayless a chance to make a final impression over the final three games of the season. Bayless had logged two games with 39+ minutes earlier in the month of April as Boston limped to the finish line, but he soon joined the infirmary report.

Final grade: C+

Teacher's notes: Boston's primary motivation in the Lee swap was to shed his contract, but the Celtics got back a player that intrigued him. How the dominoes fall this summer will likely dictate if Bayless can put down some rare roots here. The Celtics must first see how the guard depth chart looks after navigating the draft, Bradley's restricted free agency, and any other free agent targets early in the offseason. At the right price, the 25-year-old Bayless provides nice versatility off the bench, but he has strides to make defensively. ESPN's new WAR (wins above replacement) metric wasn't kind to him as he finished last on the team (and 376th out 437 ranked players). It's easy to forget how young he is and there's still time to mold his game.

What's next?: Bayless will be an unrestricted free agent this summer. Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge has admitted he likes Bayless' game, but it'll likely come down to available roster depth and cap space to determine whether he's back in Boston.

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Report card: Gerald Wallace

April, 25, 2014
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Greg M. Cooper/USA TODAY SportsGerald Wallace's 2013-14 season got cut short due to knee surgery.
With the Boston Celtics' 2013-14 campaign in the rearview mirror, we've busted out our red pens and assigned grades to each player based on their individual performances this season. Our annual reminder that players are graded based on expectations versus personal performance. This is the fifth in a series of end-of-the-season report cards:

Player: Gerald Wallace
2013-14 base stats: 5.1 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.3 spg, 50.4 FG%
2013-14 advanced stats: 0.795 Off ppp (20th percentile); 0.912 Def ppp (31st)
2013-14 salary: $10.1 million

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Season in a paragraph: Wallace, dealt to Boston in last summer's blockbuster, spent the offseason out of touch in his native Alabama and, upon arriving just before the start of training camp, admitted he was a bit sore about being traded for the third time in 30 months. He ended up enjoying his time in Boston far more than he probably imagined, sticking with the team through the end of the season despite undergoing season-ending knee and ankle surgery in early March. Wallace embraced the role of unfiltered veteran, slamming the team's effort at times early in the season, then easing up on the tough love as Boston endured the struggles of a rebuilding year. On the court, Wallace essentially deferred on offense, but still took on the challenge of guarding opposing teams' top wing scorers.

Season highlight: What most will remember about Wallace's 2013-14 season is his unvarnished opinions on Boston's play, including after a lopsided loss in Houston where the league fined him $10,000 for offering: "I don’t know what the f--- that was, to be honest." Wallace really tore into the team for lackluster efforts at times. That said, he should also be remembered for providing one of the on-court highlights with his perfect cross-court inbounds pass that set up Jeff Green for a game-winning 3-pointer in Miami in November.

Season lowlight: Wallace tried desperately to stay on the floor after the All-Star break, slathering his ailing knee in Flexall 454 in hopes of simply easing the pain enough to get in another game. During a scheduled MRI to check the status of bone spurs in his ankles in early March, the team discovered Wallace had a torn meniscus that ended his season after 58 appearances.

Final grade: C+

Teacher's notes: If you were expecting the high-flying 2010 All-Star Wallace, then you were greatly disappointed. This 31-year-old Wallace, with 13 years of NBA mileage on his tires, was one of the league's most inefficient players at both ends of the floor, particularly on offense where he took shots only when no other option existed. That said, Wallace seemed to settle into his role midway through the season and helped fill the starting shooting guard role when the injury bug bit Avery Bradley. It's interesting to us that Wallace finished the season ranked third on the Celtics in WAR (wins above replacement), one of ESPN's new advanced metrics to measure a player's impact. Wallace quietly did the little things on the court and is an excellent veteran presence if you can look past the price tag (which isn't easy to do with his current pact).

What's next?: Wallace still has two years and $20.2 million remaining on his contract. Unless the Celtics are willing to part with future assets, it seems unlikely anyone else would be willing to take on that deal next season. Wallace expressed hope that repairing his knee and ankle will help ease the pain he played through this past season and allow him to provide more on the court. What the Celtics really need is for him to continue to push the youngsters in that veteran role, while providing an experienced presence off the bench.

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Report card: Brandon Bass

April, 24, 2014
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Greg M. Cooper/USA TODAY SportsBrandon Bass brought his lunch-pail mentality to the team each day.
With the Boston Celtics' 2013-14 campaign in the rearview mirror, we've busted out our red pens and assigned grades to each player based on their individual performances this season. Our annual reminder that players are graded based on expectations versus personal performance. This is the fourth in a series of end-of-the-season report cards:

Player: Brandon Bass
2013-14 base stats: 11.1 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 1.1 apg, 27.6 mpg, 48.6 FG%
2013-14 advanced stats: 0.975 Off ppp (74th percentile); 0.826 Def ppp (72nd)
2013-14 salary: $6.5 million

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Season in a paragraph: In a crowded frontcourt with plenty of competition for his starting role, Bass logged career highs with 73 starts and 2,266 total minutes played. It was your typical Bass season: Low on pizzazz, high on consistency. The 28-year-old Bass put on his hard hat each night and did his job. He was maybe Boston's most consistent defender and provided his usual scoring bursts via the pick-and-pop. His advanced numbers are staggeringly inline with his career output, save for slight spikes to his assist percentage (farewell, no-pass Bass!) and defensive rating (the product of a KG-less frontcourt).

Season highlight: Despite all the trade whispers, particularly when his name cropped up in December chatter about Boston's pursuit of Houston's Omer Asik, Bass ignored all the noise and focused on his job. He was rewarded at the team's season finale when he was honored with the ninth annual Red Auerbach Award. Said coach Brad Stevens: "The reason [Bass deserved the award] and I just told him this in front of the team, he’s as good of a pro as we have. ... I think we need to really embrace that deliberate work-ethic all around the way and Brandon Bass is a great example of that for our team."

Season lowlight: Bass got into a little bench dust-up with Jeff Green in late December, likely a product of Boston's defensive struggles early in the transition process. Like the trade rumors, Bass quickly squashed any concerns and remained focused on the task at hand. It's telling that, save for maybe a quick stint as a reserve in which he struggled, Bass rarely had a glaring lowlight moment.

Final grade: B+

Teacher's notes: Bass' season defies logic. He was a team-worst minus-398 in plus/minus and his defensive rating was a surprisingly high 106.3, more than a point higher than the team's season average. What's more, Boston's net rating was nearly six points better when Bass was on the bench. Yet Bass' individual point-per-play numbers, as logged by Synergy Sports, were some of the best on the team on both sides of the ball and teammates raved about the positives he brought. It seems impossible to grade him harsher because he did his job exactly to the level of expectation. All we can dock him for is the fact that the team failed to thrive when he was on the court, though much of that can be pegged to rebuilding pains.

What's next?: Bass enters the final year of a contract that will pay him $6.9 million next season. The Celtics must decide if that number, with a potentially rising cap, is too prohibitive for a depth forward, or whether his consistency and work ethic is worth the price tag to keep him around. The guess here has been that the team will continue to explore moving Bass to contenders that can use his versatility and professionalism, if only because power forward minutes seem pegged for the likes of youngsters Jared Sullinger and Kelly Olynyk, particularly if Boston adds the pure center rim protector it craves this offseason.

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Report card: Kelly Olynyk

April, 23, 2014
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Brad Mills/USA TODAY SportsKelly Olynyk finished strong during his rookie season in Boston.
With the Boston Celtics' 2013-14 campaign in the rearview mirror, we've busted out our red pens and assigned grades to each player based on their individual performances this season. Our annual reminder that players are graded based on expectations versus personal performance. This is the third in a series of end-of-the-season report cards:

Player: Kelly Olynyk
2013-14 base stats: 8.7 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 1.6 apg, 46.6 FG%, 35.1 3PT%
2013-14 advanced stats: 0.91 Off ppp (52nd percentile), 0.9 Def ppp (36th percentile)
2013-14 salary: $2.0 million

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Season in a paragraph: Olynyk rode the rookie roller coaster: A stellar summer gave way to typical first-year growing pains in games that actually matter and an ankle injury put him on the shelf just 15 games into the season. His first year ended on the upswing, however, as Olynyk grew more comfortable on the court in the second half of the season then finished the 2013-14 campaign logging heavy minutes as a starter in an injury depleted frontcourt. Olynyk battled rookie whistles and his defense is a work in progress, but there's a lot to like in what the 13th overall pick in last year's draft showed over 70 games.

GM's Take: "I think Kelly has had a really good second half," said Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge. "I think he gained some confidence when we went to the All-Star break and represented the rookie team. I think I’ve been really happy with how he’s improved. I think the coaches have done a good job of getting him stronger, a good job of teaching him the game and I think he’s a great player."

Season highlight: Over Boston's final three games of the season, Olynyk averaged 25.7 points on 53.4 percent shooting overall, while adding 9.3 rebounds and 3.7 assists over 34.7 minutes per game. He displayed a confidence and fluidity to his offensive game that wasn't always present earlier in the season, while making some strides defensively. The Celtics were able to run offense through Olynyk giving his passing abilities and actually played at a heightened pace when he was on the floor (a team-high 102.86 possessions per 48 minutes over those final three games).

Season lowlight: Already burdened by heightened expectations from a breakthrough performance at Orlando summer league, Olynyk was fighting as most rookies do to adapt to the NBA game when he injured his ankle in a late November tilt with the Indiana Pacers. He missed the next 10 games and it wasn't until around mid-January that he started to turn the corner (an invite to the league's Rising Stars challenge buoying his confidence at the All-Star break).

Final grade: B+

Teacher's notes: There's no denying that Olynyk's grade is a reflection of the improvement over the final 26 games (the first half of the season had him in the C range). His numbers skyrocketed from pre-All-Star break (6.9 points, 4.7 rebounds, 42.8 FG%, 28.3 3PT%) to post (11.7 points, 6.2 rebounds, 51.1 FG%, 42.6 3PT%). Even with Boston stocked at the power forward position, he separated from the pack and put himself in position to be a key asset no matter how this team looks moving forward. The key for Boston's coaching staff is improving his defense. Opposing teams really attacked him in the post and guards exploited him on switches in the pick-and-roll.

What's next?: Olynyk's body will likely be a focus for the strength and conditioning staff this summer. They've got to bulk him up a bit and build his strength to compete better with NBA bigs. Coaches will expand his offensive toolbox, while bringing his defense along. Olynyk's future is bright and he's under Boston's control at a reasonable rate for at least three more seasons under his rookie deal. He's likely to gain some additional seasoning if he competes with the Canadian national team moving forward.

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Report card: Avery Bradley

April, 22, 2014
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Mark L. Baer/USA TODAY SportsCeltics guard Avery Bradley battled the injury bug late in the season.
With the Boston Celtics' 2013-14 campaign in the rearview mirror, we've busted out our red pens and assigned grades to each player based on their individual performances this season. Our annual reminder that players are graded based on expectations versus personal performance. This is the second in a series of end-of-the-season report cards:

Player: Avery Bradley
2013-14 base stats: 14.9 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 1.4 apg, 43.8 FG%, 39.5 3PT%
2013-14 advanced stats: 0.92 Off ppp (55th percentile); 0.883 Def ppp (43rd)
2013-14 salary: $2.5 million

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Season in a paragraph: Bradley made tremendous strides to restore his offensive game, embracing the "shooting" part of his positional title while putting up a career-high 13.8 shots per game. His offensive percentages rebounded to the level displayed in 2011-12 before his shoulder injuries and Bradley made a strong case to be Rajon Rondo's long-term backcourt mate. Ankle woes derailed Bradley late in the season, but he returned to play in five games in April that were awfully encouraging as he averaged 22.4 points per game on 47.1 percent shooting overall, including a ridiculous 52.9 percent beyond the 3-point arc.

GM's Take: "Avery had a good season," said Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge. "I’ve seen improvement in Avery this year. The biggest issue with Avery has just been health. He plays hard and he’s had some injuries, but none of them are injuries that should prevent him from being a great player."

Season highlight: Late in the season, beset by ankle woes, many wondered if Bradley should simply be shutdown to prevent further aggravation. Coach Brad Stevens insisted there was value in finishing strong and Bradley proved his point with five excellent games to close out the season. Maybe no outing was more encouraging than the team's win in Cleveland where Bradley put up 25 points behind five 3-pointers while also grabbing eight rebounds. Bradley enters the summer with some momentum to build on thanks to that late-season reminder of his offensive talents.

Season lowlight: As Ainge noted, the only concern with Bradley is health. He missed the first 30 games of the 2012-13 season while rehabbing from double shoulder surgery, then missed 22 of the final 39 games due to his injuries this season. Bradley admits that he plays so hard that injuries are sometimes unavoidable. Ainge has reminded us that sometimes the best ability is availability. Bradley also lagged a bit on the defensive end, reflected in not receiving a single vote for Defensive Player of the Year (this after landing two first-place votes while finishing 12th overall in the balloting last season).

Final grade: B

Teacher's notes: Ultimately Bradley's offensive resurgence made up for a bit of his defensive decline, some of which is most certainly related to the team's rebuilding pains. The challenge moving forward for Bradley is to maintain that offensive output without letting it come at the expense of his defense, especially considering Stevens' desire to inject Boston with a Defensive DNA and make that the backbone of the team. Bradley must consistently impact the game defensively from the perimeter and help Boston's backcourt diminish some of the difficulties in staying in front of ball-handlers this season (and adding pressure to a now KG-less backline). Here's what we loved: Bradley grabbed 10.9 percent of available defensive rebounds this season, well above his average of 6.5 percent from the past two seasons. He drove down his turnover ratio despite having the ball in his hands more frequently (though we'd still like to see his assist numbers climb and he needs to eliminate bad-pass turnovers).

What's next?: Bradley will become a restricted free agent when the Celtics formally extend a $3.6 million qualifying offer before the summer. He's likely to command outside interest, especially with more money expected to be injected into the salary cap, but Ainge has stressed he sees a future here for Bradley and the guess here has long been that they'll find a reasonable number for both sides to bring him back (assuming no competitor puts in a prohibitive bid for his services).

Honor roll: Click HERE to read past report cards.

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Jeff Green
PTS AST STL MIN
16.9 1.7 0.7 34.2
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsJ. Sullinger 8.1
AssistsR. Rondo 9.8
StealsR. Rondo 1.3
BlocksB. Bass 0.9