Very little can be drawn from the actual results in the preseason but some contests can be a good measuring stick when it comes to a player or team tendencies. As the page turns to the start of the Celtics' regular season next week, let's take a look at some noteworthy numbers to see what (if anything) they mean for the team's plans in the coming days.
73% - Percentage of FG attempts Carsen Edwards took from 3-point range: In a new era of NBA analytics, this is exactly the type of shot selection that Brad Stevens and the coaching staff have to be looking for from the 6-foot-1 guard. Edwards struggled to finish at the rim in college due to his size and heavy volume, but he also excelled at getting to the free-throw line with over 10 attempts per game. He may not be able to get the same type of calls as an NBA rookie with better rim protectors in the paint so his focus has been squarely on the outside in Boston’s offensive scheme. 31 of his 43 shot attempts in the preseason have come from beyond the arc and he’s knocked down 45 percent of those in the high volume setting. After his 30-point explosion against the Cavs, he’s going to have to be on the radar for opposing bench defenses and that should help open up the floor for the scorers he shares the floor with. With very little reliable 3-point shooting set to come off the pine for Boston, Edwards looks like he can be counted on for floor spacing.
80% - Javonte Green’s FG percentage: It’s hard to do much more as a rookie with limited playing time in a quest to earn a roster spot than Green did in his second-half minutes this preseason. After opening his first two games by making his first 11 shots from the field, Green finished 16-of-20 overall, showing off some explosive athleticism to the rim along with the ability to play through contact at the rim. His 3-point shot has been a flaw throughout his career but there are enough other appealing aspects to his game right now to make him an appealing end-of-the-bench addition fo this group. Between having a nose for the ball on the boards (4.0 rebounds per game in just 14.1 minutes) along with some savvy defensive instincts, Green is some wing depth that Stevens may feel comfortable throwing in the mix if injuries call for it. Max Strus has plenty of appeal due to his age and 3-point shooting (45 percent this preseason) but Green’s play has done enough to land him a spot on this roster.