The Boston Celtics mercifully ended the 2013-2014 season on a low note, or a high note, depending on how your perception of the team may have fluctuated with every mock draft that was published. Regardless, the Celtics finished with a 25-57 record, their third 25 win and under season since the ill-fated M.L. Carr campaign of 1997. Danny Ainge will look to drastically improve the team through any means necessary, leaving no player untouchable.
Joel Anthony D
Good locker room guy, but his days of being an effective player have passed. Grade would not be so low if he didn’t possess a $3.8 million player option for next season.
Chris Babb C+
I personally had higher expectations after he earned stellar reviews by the coaching staff during the preseason. Was called up from Maine late in the season after Gerald Wallace was lost to injury. Already has the body type and skill to be an elite defender, but was unable to find any sort of semblance of offense. With Chris Johnson already flashing skill as a wing off the bench, it makes it unlikely Babb will be on the big squad next year.
Brandon Bass B+
The recipient of the ninth annual Auerbach Award, Bass finished the year averaging 11 points and just under six rebounds per game, carrying his typical work man like attitude in all 82 games this season. Bass was underrated on offense, shooting above league average on shots at or near the rim and on shots 10 to 16 feet away. He also earned the praise of Brad Stevens for his rotations on defense. Entering the final year of his deal, Bass may be an attractive trade chip in the offseason.
Jerryd Bayless B
Poor Bayless has just not had any luck sticking with a team. The combo guard out of Arizona landed on his fifth team in six seasons when the Memphis Grizzlies traded him to the Celtics in exchange for Courtney Lee. Bayless brought stability and veteran leadership to the tune of 10 points per game in 41 games played in Boston. A free agent next season, the Celtics may look toward the draft next season for guard help.