Happy National Best Friend Day! In case you didn’t know, National Best Friends Day is a real thing (or at least a fun hashtag on Twitter) and that got me thinking …
- How many of my best friends consider me a best friend?
- How many of my best friends consider me a friend?
- Why do Kyle Draper and Brian Scalabrine have better chemistry than I do with my wife?
- Does Draper’s relationship with Scal make A. Sherrod Blakely jealous?
- Will Darren Rovell unblock me on Twitter?
- Which Celtic is Isaiah Thomas’ best friend?
Answers to these questions are hard to come by, but we can make some educated guesses about the last one. The easy answer is Avery Bradley. Those two have been friends since their days growing up in Washington. But what about on the court? Who was Isaiah Thomas’ best friend on the court?
Thomas and Jae Crowder were the most used duo for the Celtics this year, playing a total of 1,789 minutes together on the floor during the regular season. Thomas’ Net Rating was 6.9 with Crowder on the court, and 0.5 with him on the bench.
Sounds like best friend material, right?
WRONG. Being someone’s best friend is about giving AND taking. Crowder’s Net Rating with I.T. was 6.9, but when Thomas was off the court it shot up to 10.3. You could argue Thomas is just using Crowder, but that’s none of our business.
The player who both helped and was helped by Isaiah Thomas the most was … Jonas Jerebko! Thomas’ Net Rating was 10.2 with the Swedish Swish on the floor, and fell to 3.3 without him. That’s a +6.9 Jonas Bonus. Jerebko got an even bigger boost from playing with Isaiah. Without I.T. Jerebko had a -4.7 Net Rating. That jumps top 10.2 when the Little Guy is in the game.
So there you have it. According to science, Jonas Jerebko is Isaiah Thomas’ best friend on the Celtics.
Only two NBA players have had their NBA 2K19 ratings revealed so far: LeBron James and Jayson Tatum.
Despite having just one season under his belt, NBA 2K19 awarded the 20-year-old with an 87-overall.
While James, the cover athlete of the game’s 20th Anniversary Edition, earned a 98-overall, Tatum’s 87-overall is higher than many anticipated and a ten-point jump from his initial rating as a rookie.
Tatum responded to the rating by quote tweeting the eye emojis (on World Emoji Day no less).
Tatum fell short of Rookie of the Year honors, but averaging 18.5 points per game in the playoffs and helping lead the Celtics to Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals clearly made an impression on the game developers.
The forward's 87 is the same rating given to 2018 All-Stars such as Bradley Beal and Draymond Green at the end of last season, and higher than All-Stars like Al Horford and Kyle Lowry.
No other Celtics’ ratings have been revealed thus far, but Kyrie Irving, who finished last season at a 93, is likely to be the team’s highest-rated player.
Ratings are revealed periodically up until the game’s early-release date on September 7.
The Boston Celtics' transformation from contenders to pretenders and back again has drawn the praise of fans and rivals alike.
That praise continued to rain down on Sunday as Brett Brown, coach of the rival 76ers, lauded Boston’s team, Danny Ainge, and company.
“When you’re designing a team, when you’re thinking about the things you have to do from a coaching standpoint, when you’re forward-thinking about matchups, how can you not think about the Boston Celtics?” Brown told the Boston Herald. “I’ve said many times and I’ll say it again, the partnership that Brad (Stevens) and Danny (Ainge) have is fantastic.”
“And for all of my years in Philadelphia, you’re always looking over your shoulder at what Boston is doing. I think in many ways they are a benchmark type of program for me, and I’m always thinking about how ultimately do you beat them.”
While the 76ers exceeded expectations last season, the Celtics eliminated Philadelphia in five games in the Eastern Conference semifinals.
With LeBron James moving west, many feel the race for Eastern Conference supremacy is shaping up to be a battle between the two long-time rivals, both of whom have young cores, for the foreseeable future.