Will Malcolm Brogdon prove to be the final play for the Boston Celtics?
This year’s free agency was crazy, but one team added a part hoping to return to the NBA Finals, and with this player, they can. The Boston Celtics traded for Malcolm Brogdon, the Indiana Pacers’ former starting point guard, in a very one-sided trade.
The question is, is Brogdon the one to take them to the next level?
The Boston Celtics and the Indiana Pacers trade:
- Celtics get: Malcolm Brogdon
- Pacers get: Aaron Nesmith, Daniel Theis, Juwan Morgan, Malik Fitts, Nik Stauskas and a 2023 first-round pick
The Celtics were geniuses at this craft. If the Celtics needed anything this season, it’s been a true point guard. The evidence was pretty obvious that Brogdon would be available for trade once Indiana had acquired Tyrese Haliburton at the NBA Trade Deadline.
However, I’m not sure anyone expected the Celtics to jump up and grab him.
Brogdon was one of the most fascinating and underrated players in the league. He has all the tools of a “real point guard”. Brogdon’s stats have improved every year since his 2017 rookie campaign, in which he received the Rookie of the Year award. Last year he averaged 19.1 points, 5.9 assists and 5.1 rebounds per game.
Last season, Brogdon suffered hamstring and hamstring injuries and missed a large part of the season. And that’s the biggest concern with this acquisition. Yes, Brogdon can be described as injury prone but when healthy Brogdon is an incredible asset to any team. But how will he affect the Celtics?
Brogdon will only add more versatility to the Celtics as he can thrive in a starting role or off the bench. Brogdon’s high basketball IQ will allow the Celtics to generate plays that the Celtics couldn’t pull off last season. He can slow down a game on offense and allow others to get open, and when they’re covered he doesn’t hesitate to shoot. His defense is very underrated as he can protect some of the best guards in the league.
The Celtics should have little to no problem going deep into the playoffs, with Bogdon being a key decision maker allowing Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown to celebrate offensively.