Checking in on Former Mavericks


I sat and watched the entirety of a game featuring the Boston Celtics and Sacramento Kings. Teams with combined records of 24-37. It wasn’t very good. But I was curious how former Mavericks Brandan Wright, Jae Crowder, and Jameer Nelson were faring in Beantown. I’ll be honest, I haven’t really been paying attention. I usually skip over Celtics games when scrolling through my League Pass options.

But they were playing the only early game so I decided to watch, and much to my delight Crowder had his best performance in a Celtic uniform.

He scored 12 points in 24 minutes, both highs for him in Boston, and grabbed four rebounds. It was the second straight game in double figures for Crowder after he scored 10 against the Wizards on Saturday.

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His minutes have risen steadily since joining the club. He played just seven in his first appearance, but has moved into double digits since as he gains more trust from the coaching staff. His tenacity and hustle are surely traits appreciated by head coach Brad Stevens. In total Crowder is averaging 3.8 points and 12.3 minutes in give games.

Though probably the best player Boston received from Dallas, Wright hasn’t seen the floor as much as Crowder. This was somewhat expected with Kelly Olynyk, Jared Sullinger, Tyler Zeller, and Brandon Bass already in the front court rotation for Boston.

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But he’s making the most of his opportunities. He was 3-4 for six points against the Kings in just eight minutes and had a nice block on an Omri Casspi shot attempt in the lane.

He’s averaging 4.3 points and two rebounds in just under eleven minutes a night.

Jameer Nelson didn’t shoot well from the field against the Kings, but did dish out eight assists. He’s had at least eight assists three times in five games for Boston, including 11 against his other former team, the Orlando Magic. He’s averaging 4.4 points and 6.6 assists for the Celtics in 21.2 minutes.

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