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Preseason Recap: The Unsung Hero

 

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The Preseason is over and what better way to kill time before the regular season than to try and draw any conclusions from eight meaningless games.  Today’s topic is Marquis Daniels.

The back-up small forward position is a sensitive subject for the Celtics.  Last season, coach Doc Rivers struggled to get any consistency from that spot.  Marquis Daniels was never really able hit his stride last season after injuring his wrist and Tony Allen‘s inconsistencies were well-known.  Due to Daniels’ inability to stay on the floor, Rivers ultimately settled on Tony Allen.   TA thrived as the de facto back-up wing and was able to establish himself as a force on the defensive end even against the league’s elite wing players (Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade, LeBron James).

This season Allen is gone and Daniels has returned for his second stint with the Green.  While the preseason means very little to most, it meant a lot to Daniels as he was going to have to prove to the Celtics that he was able to embrace the back-up small forward role and fill the void left by a departed Tony Allen.  Luckily for the Celtics, Daniels stepped up to the challenge and put up some very impressive numbers.

Here are Daniels’ totals in 7 preseason games:

  • 174 Minutes
  • 24-of-42 from the field (57% FG%)
  • 31 Rebounds (4 offensive)
  • 11 Assists
  • 5 Steals
  • 2 Blocks
  • 9 Turnovers
  • 17 Personal Fouls
  • 67 Points

The following is Daniels’ production per 40 minutes (assuming my math is correct):

  • 57% Field Goal Percentage
  • 7.13 Rebounds
  • 2.53 Assists
  • 1.15 Steals
  • 0.46 Blocks
  • 2.1 Turnovers
  • 3.9 Personal Fouls
  • 15.4 Points

All of these numbers are close to the league average for small forwards in 2010 (HoopData.com).  The sample size is obviously very small.  This fact stands in the way of making any accurate predictions for the upcoming season.  Still, it’s nice to see Daniels have such a good preseason, statistically.  This, however small, gives hope to the Celtics that at least for the time being they have a reliable back-up wing.

Tuesday brings the real test.  Can this type of production be sustained over the course of the season?  What do you think?  I am hoping for something close.

  • zebulon

    Quisy was also 4-5 on threes, and if he can add that shot to his game… woo baby here comes the second team offense. I'm excited.

  • Jim

    67 points in 174 minutes is actually 15.4 points per 40 minutes.

    Your point about the sample size (as well as the fact that the games don't matter and are often against weaker than normal competition) is well taken, but I'm in the "hopeful" camp.

  • sacbobv

    Spell Czech!

    "Racap"

    Just poking fun at you, Bendan.

  • Morpheus

    Bring on Tiny Gallooooon

    Just poking fun at you too Brendan

  • http://CelticsHub.com Brendan Jackson

    My apologies to all. I've been fighting a nasty cold all day and going to the Rocky Votolato show last night at Great Scott probably didn't help. I'm not sure where I got 13.2 although I remember specifically seeing it on my calculator. I must have put a wrong digit in somewhere. I also thought we would have seen Tiny Gallon last night. Such a bummer.

  • ElRoz

    TA was great on defense, but his presence also allowed his man to "rest", relatively speaking, since he was an offensive liability.
    This is one of the elemnts that hurt the team last year. As the second unit will have shooters, scorers, and rebounders, it will be able to keep the pressure on the opponent.
    I HOPE.
    All I know is that the Sox were to have 5 quality starting pitchers last season, but only had 2.

  • Steve in OE

    im sure you saw this already…or were you there in person perhaps? (interesting timing for a sick day)
    http://www.boston.com/sports/basketball/celtics/e

  • koolaid

    Quis got some swag back this preseason. Great to see. Confidence, or lack thereof, defines his production. Hope he keeps it up.

    Never see him as a 3point threat though… his shot is too flat to be high%.

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