Drummond is shooting just 42 percent on post-ups, 65th among 94 players who have attempted at least 50 such shots, per Synergy Sports. (Trivia: Draymond Green is last, with a 31 percent hit rate, and is quietly having a pretty bad shooting season no one really talks about because he is so incredibly awesome at everything else.)
Smart is shooting just 37 percent from the floor this season — and that’s a career high. Among the 355 NBA players with at least 100 field goal attempts this season, Smart ranks 338th in field goal percentage. Despite occasional hot streaks, Smart is shooting just 28.5 percent beyond the 3-point arc. The key for Smart might simply be better recognition of where his best shots come from. The Celtics love using his size and toughness to take advantage of opposing guards in the post. Smart ranks in the 82nd percentile among all league players while averaging 1.024 points per play in post-up situations, according to Synergy Sports data. Only Al Horford has more post-up plays finished than Smart among Celtics players this season.
In the days leading to the trade deadline, Chandler appreciated management’s honestly. He said Sarver and McDonough were straightforward, telling him: Here’s our plan. Here’s our direction. Do you want to be a part of it? “For me, I sit down and evaluate where I’m at in my career, where I want to go, what I want to accomplish,” Chandler said. “At that time, in my heart I felt like I was needed for the young players. In life, it becomes about the bigger picture and not just you as the individual. That’s what I felt in my heart.”
“There’s no analytics for voice,” Watson said. “A lot of times with young players it takes time because you’re really trying to figure it all out yourself and as you start to get older you realize you could’ve been talking early in your career because the truth is, no one has all the answers.”