It was National Barbershop Quartet Day on Wednesday (duh)! So, wouldn’t it be fun to honor our favorite type of musical foursome by figuring out which Celtics players would make the best Barbershop Quartet?
Of course, it would!
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Since audio clips of the players singing are hard to come by (other than Jaylen Brown and Terry Rozier) I decided to take a more scientific approach and break down the Celtics best four-man lineups this season.
HITTING THE HIGH NOTES
The Celtics four-man unit that hit the highest notes this season (scored the most points per 100 possessions) was the ensemble of Kyrie Irving, Jaylen Brown, Marcus Smart (but, but, he can’t shoot?!) and Al Horford. They boasted a 115.4 offensive rating this season, which was good for 31st in the NBA. But what good is a tenor without a baritone?
ALL ABOUT THE BASS
The Celtics quartet that hit the lowest notes this season (allowed the fewest points per 100 possessions) was the grouping of Irving (but, but, he can’t defend?!), Brown, Horford and Aron “All of Australia” Baynes. That unit had a 94.8 defensive rating, which was fifth in the NBA this season. Baynes was the Celtics true Basso Profondo this season, as he is a member of the Celtics' four best defensive four-man units. In other words, he’s really put together.
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But isn’t a great Barbershop quartet all about harmony?
The Celtics best four-man unit that both hit the high notes and brought the bass was the quartet of Brown, Jayson Tatum, Horford and Baynes. That group had a 111.5 offensive rating, a 96.2 defensive rating which gave them a stellar 15.3 net rating, which was 18th in the NBA this season.
So, there you have it. A scientific answer to the age-old question “which Celtics would make the best Barbershop Quartet?” Let’s hope they can keep it humming into the playoffs.