The Celtics had a rough season in 2012-13. Their leader at both ends of the court blew out his knee in the middle of the season and they weren’t the same team after it happened. The Celtics finished up the regular season in 3rd place in the Atlantic Division with a 41-40 record, 12.5 games behind the Knicks. Then the Celtics got knocked out by the Knicks in six games in the first round of the playoffs. Here is a look at the players who I thought had the biggest impacts for the Celtics in 2012-13, in my opinion:
TEAM MVP: Paul Pierce: 35-year old SF/SG Paul Pierce is still the best player on the Celtics. He played in 77 games (all starts) for the Celtics last year and he averaged 33.4 minutes, 18.6 points, 6.3 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 1.1 steals per game. Pierce had 12 double-doubles and he had 1 triple-double for the Celtics in 2012-13. Pierce had 31 games of at least 20 points, 12 games of at least 10 rebounds and 4 games of at least 10 assists in 2012-13 for the Celtics.
BIGGEST SURPRISE: Jeff Green: 26-year old small forward Jeff Green missed the entire 2011-12 season due to heart surgery. The Celtics wanted to take things slowly with Green in 2012-13, but he played in every game for them and his playing time increased as the season went along. Green played in 81 games (17 starts) for the Celtics last year and he averaged 27.8 minutes, 12.8 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game. Green had 52 games with at least 10 points and he had 29 games with at least 5 rebounds for the Celtics last year.
BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT: Rajon Rondo: 27-year old point guard Rajon Rondo’s blown out knee was the disappointment here, as he was his usual outstanding self earlier this year. Rondo played in 38 games (all starts) for the Celtics in 2012-13 and he averaged 37.4 minutes, 13.7 points, 5.6 rebounds, 11.1 assists and 1.8 steals per game. He had 20 double-doubles and 3 triple-doubles in 2012-13. He had 7 games in which he scored at least 20 points, 6 games of 10 or more rebounds, 27 games of 10 or more assists and 13 games of 3 or more steals in 2012-13.