While there certainly is no shortage of issues that the Boston Celtics could point to that need to improve if the team is to get closer to the title team aspirations the storied franchise always has, perhaps none figure more prominently than shooting.
Such is the focus of a recent article by Bleacher Report’s Greg Swartz, who highlights this negative aspect of the Celtics’ offensive capabilities in a recent article focused on what disappointing teams need to focus on in 2022 onward. “Grant Williams is the only rotation player shooting above 38.1 percent from three, with two starters (Al Horford and Marcus Smart) connecting on 29.2 percent or worse of their attempts,” notes Swartz.
With this lack of accuracy away from the basket a significant issue, the B/R analyst lists several targets Boston could pursue this season — let’s dive into the logic for each.
Eric Gordon – Houston Rockets
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Gordon is by far our least favorite given the remaining, potentially expensive, years left on his current deal (about $40 million owed over the next two seasons) with The Hobbit already 33 years young.
He does shoot 44.7% from beyond the arc on volume, but does little else of interest and should only be considered as part of a larger deal to bring on other, better players.
Luke Kennard – Los Angeles Clippers
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Kennard is intriguing because of his age, but his injury history is not a minor concern with more than $28 million in guaranteed money owed him over the next two seasons as well.
He’s a long-distance killer, though, hitting 43.2% from deep in 9.2 attempts per game. He’s worth a serious look if he actually became available.
Bryn Forbes – San Antonio Spurs
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Forbes has been a player of interest for the Celtics at this publication for some time and represents one of the cheaper, less-risky, and appropriately-aged potential options who could conceivably be pried free from their current team.
The low usage 28-year-old has been knocking down 3.4 treys per game at 42% efficiency and is earning just $4.5 million this season on a deal that won’t clog Boston’s books if it doesn’t pan out.
Mike Muscala – Oklahoma City Thunder
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Muscala is hands-down our favorite option for a depth big man who can help space the floor and ease up the complexity of the Celtics’ currently clogged frontcourt spacing.
Hitting 43.4% of his 3s this season while earning just $3.5 million this season with the same slated for next on an unguaranteed deal on a team with little reason to keep him, Muscala should be on the top of Boston’s list of trade targets for shooting this season.
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