|Team Ranking||PTS/G||OPP PTS/G|
|Atlantic Division||108.0 (1st)||105.4 (2nd)|
After relationships soured between Irving and the Cleveland organization following the Cavaliers most recent attempt at a title defense, a deal sending Irving out of Cleveland was always expected prior to the upcoming campaign. However, sending him to an Eastern Conference rival in the Celtics was a bit of a surprise, though it was the best opportunity to get back enough value to make it a worthy trade. Irving will now team up with a newly configured big three of Gordon Hayward and Al Horford, which should provide Irving the opportunity to become even more of a playmaker on the offensive side of the ball. Irving is coming off a career-year where he averaged 25.2 points, 3.2 rebounds, 5.8 assists, 1.2 steals and 2.5 three-pointers across 35.1 minutes and he should be able to approach or potentially surpass those numbers as a member of the Celtics where his usage will have a chance to increase.
Dixon signed a contract with the Celtics on Friday, Michael Scotto of Basketball Insiders reports.
Dixon wasn't selected in this year's NBA Draft, but is still coming off a solid senior campaign at William & Mary where he averaged 19.2 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game. An impressive scorer, who shot 37.8 percent from the three-point line in his final collegiate season, Dixon will get a chance to impress the Celtics during training camp. That said, it's likely just a partially guaranteed deal and he's highly unlikely to make the team's regular-season roster. Look for Dixon to start in the year in the G-League.
Yabusele has fully recovered from ankle surgery and will take part in Monday's informal practices, Scott Souza of The Providence Journal reports.
This is great news for the Celtics' 2016 first-round pick, as foot problems prevented him from participating in this year's summer league, and he'll now get to spend some extended time with the team through training camp. Boston, however, is loaded in the frontcourt, and Yabusele will likely struggle to find quality minutes in his debut season with the team, so some extended time in the G League could be on the horizon for the rookie.
Bird, who was selected by Boston with the 56th overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, has agreed to join the team on a two-way contract, Gary Washburn of The Boston Globe reports.
The Celtics likely wouldn't have been able to find significant playing time for Bird in their stacked depth chart, so they've opted to send him to the G-League for the majority of the season instead. The 6-foot-6 shooting guard who spent four years at Cal will still be able to spend up to 45 days at the NBA level, however.
|2016-17 Team Leaders|
|PPG||Isaiah Thomas , PG||28.9|
|RPG||Al Horford , C||6.8|
|APG||Isaiah Thomas , PG||5.9|
|FG%||Al Horford , C||47.3|
|FT%||Isaiah Thomas , PG||90.9|
|3P%||Jae Crowder , SF||39.8|
|BLOCKS||Al Horford , C||86|
|STEALS||Marcus Smart , PG||125|
|MPG||Isaiah Thomas , PG||33.8|
|Full Team Statistics|