Celtics Season Awards
2013-2014 Boston Celtics Season Awards
BOSTON - Around here, we love awards and trophies and all those shiny thing-a-muh-jig-gees that represent a player having a kick-ass kind of season.
It wasn't that kind of year for the Boston Celtics, winners of just 25 games this season.
Despite a rougher-than-usual kind of year, that shouldn't totally diminish from some solid play on the part of a few players.
So we'll take this time to acknowledge some of those Celtics for their play this past season, minus the shiny thing-uh-muh-jig-gees of course.
Rookie of the Year: Kelly Olynyk
The last week of the season, Olynyk was easily the Celtic's best player.
He can score in a variety of ways, proved to be a better rebounder than anticipated, and doesn't look nearly as lost defensively as he did to start the season.
Rising Star: Jared Sullinger
The comparisons to Kevin Love are there, but a bit of a stretch right now.
They won't have any real substance to them until Sullinger improves his conditioning - something Love did between his second and third seasons which is where Sullinger is right now. It goes without saying that this is a huge summer for Sullinger; not necessarily a make-or-break one, but certainly the kind of offseason that could catapult him from being a young, promising big man into one of the best in the game.
Most Improved: Avery Bradley
The blueprint for Bradley has been one in which his game has expanded in some capacity every year. The only thing that's limiting him from at least entering the discussion as a top flight player, is injuries. If he
can stay healthy - and that's a huge if with him - there's no limit as to how good he could be.
Comeback Player: Kris Humphries
Of all the new faces Boston added with the Paul Pierce/Kevin Garnett trade to Brooklyn, no one's stock rose more this season than Humphries.
He came to Boston and showcased a stronger work ethic than anyone anticipated. He handled not playing much early in the season like a pro, knowing that at some point his opportunity to play was coming. And when it did, he was ready and eventually worked his way into the starting lineup until tendinitis in his right knee cut short his season. His play will be rewarded with a decent contract from the Celtics or someone else.
Sixth Man: Jerryd Bayless
He is a streaky shooter who seemed to develop a certain amount of consistency, both as a fill-in starter or in his usual role coming off the bench. Re-signing him would be a good move on the Celtics' part.
Best 10-Day Addition: Chris Johnson
He was the first 10-day contract guy Boston brought in this season, which was too bad for those that followed. Because Johnson absolutely crushed
it with his hustle, energy and ability to knock down 3s. He was rewarded with a multi-year deal that guarantees him one thing - a chance to continue living out his dream as an NBA player.
MVP: Celtics Fans
There was only one who showed up night-in and night-out for the Celtics, home or away ... you!
I can't tell you how many visiting beat writers
commented to me about Boston's amazing fan base and how they stood by a team that wasn't very good, all season. "Fans here just get it," one writer told me. And as much as we praise players for their efforts, fans deserve some love every now and then as well.