Yes. Kanter hasn't been the same since he injured his hip. He's hobbled and trying to play through it. It's been glaring. Points/rebounds down since the beginning of Feb (when he returned from the injury)There was a long stretch was Kanter was very effective, but it's been awhile now where he hasn't. He had some injury bugs here and there, so that might be part of it. It seems like Theis has really come on strong during this middle third of the season, and TimeLord has also played well. Very now and then Kanter is getting in there, but it doesn't seem like he's been as effective on the offensive end as he was earlier in the season. I feel like he's been missing a lot of his low post shots, where he was automatic earlier in the season.
I like Kanter and wouldn't be opposed to Danny bringing him back along with signing Baynes on the cheap. Keep TL around (for $2MM/yr) and see if he can stay healthy and add value, but don't want to count on him to play important minutes. Theis is already signed and coming back.Baynes/Theis/RWill would be a great big rotation. Large improvement over Kanter.
He’s no Faverani, at least.Is it just me or has VP at least looked like he has some promise? Tough to tell from such limited minutes, but he's big and reasonably mobile, with a decent looking perimeter shot. I wonder how he's fared in practice? Judging from playing time maybe not.
The game got a bit sloppy for a few minutes as Marc Gasol and Theis returned to the game, but the Celtics were moving the ball well and started chipping away. Before they knew it, the lead was back up to 21. Then something truly remarkable happened.
Theis was screening for Smart when he began to roll and Anunoby hooked his arm. Theis threw up his arms to sell the call — and actually got it. The irony that Theis flopped to sell a call in front of Smart was just too rich. The moment seemed to unlock his confidence, maybe reminding him that he lives in a world of justice. He went from begging in pain to arguing with the judge, walking up to the official and stating that VanVleet jumped into him and he should be allowed to move with his hands up in the air.
His self-advocacy seemed to register, as he blocked Anunoby from behind on the very next play on what could have been called a foul but wasn’t. Theis immediately sprinted down the court behind Wanamaker, who led the way with the ball, forcing VanVleet to sink off Smart on the elbow and give up a wide-open 3. What had shrunk to a 12-point lead ballooned to 26 points in just a few minutes, as shown in this NBA Stats lead tracker, with Theis and the Celtics’ triple-guard attack leading the way.
I think he played several years in Europe and developed there, but wasn't really a prospect when he was draft age. Not certain though.Theis had a good series all around against the Raptors, despite fouling out in game 7. I have a question about him: How is it that he never got drafted by an NBA team? Isn't that a little weird? Clearly a great find by Danny, but why did everyone miss on him?
He‘s definitely good but he hasn’t been his best during this series. Bam has a lot to do with that. Still irritates me that Riley found 2 foundational players in the 13-14 range. Just an amazing job by their team.What do the statistics say about Theis? Is he...good? I feel like I watch him stand around and play very little defense, get caught on bad switches, and struggle to grab anything but easy rebounds. Williams definitely looks a little bit lost from time to time as well, but my eyes tell me he has a more valuable presence when he’s in the game. I recognize this is oversimplifying things, but ... is Theis good?
The more popular advanced stats rate his defense as ranging from elite (2nd overall in DRPM, trailing only Rudy Gobert) to excellent (15th overall in D-PIPM), to very good (39th overall in D-RAPTOR). I'd say "very good, maybe worthey of a couple of All-NBA team votes" is the approximate consensus of neutral NBA observers.What do the statistics say about Theis? Is he...good? I feel like I watch him stand around and play very little defense, get caught on bad switches, and struggle to grab anything but easy rebounds. Williams definitely looks a little bit lost from time to time as well, but my eyes tell me he has a more valuable presence when he’s in the game. I recognize this is oversimplifying things, but ... is Theis good?