Over at ESPN Boston, Celtics Hub’s writers have been participating in the Summer Forecast series hosted every year by our good friend Chris Forsberg. Forsberg’s questions are generally a fun glimpse into how the Celtics’ blogosphere projects the upcoming season to go.
There are a lot of other options here. I mentioned Jeff Green, who underachieved so hard last season it’s hard to imagine him continuing to fall. Similarly, Evan Turner is likely to disappoint, at least to the people who expect 18-points-per-game-with-Philly Evan Turner to show up in a much slower offensive system that focuses on other players. Marcus Smart is a dark-horse candidate, if only because we’ve built up our expectations pretty high — perhaps unfairly so. Tyler Zeller, who averaged 15 minutes per game last year, is somehow being hailed as a potential starter. Kelly Olynyk and Jared Sullinger both took steps last year, but there’s no guarantee they’ll continue to do so as teams improve their scouting reports. There’s all kinds of potential disappointment on the 2014-15 Celtics.
But I think Thornton is a good bet to be the most disappointing, at least under the most basic definition of “underachiever.” Fans seem to expect him to be a scorer off the bench, and he’s likely to do plenty of that, but he’s unlikely to do it efficiently. Some inefficient shooters can be enjoyable to watch if they have other skills, like absurd athleticism (JR Smith) or an excellent handle (Allen Iverson). Thornton has neither. He’s serviceable but not entertaining in both areas, and he’s old enough that any questions of his ceiling are gone.
Other than that, he’ll be a ton of fun!
Who do you guys think will be the most frustrating player to watch next season?
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